Tuesday, July 10, 2012

One Crazy Summer and Empty


One Crazy Summer is a book that adds to the discussion about the Civil Rights Movement. The main character Delphine is struggling to take care of her two younger sisters during a trip to see their mother. I really enjoyed this book.  The author did a great job of capturing the voice of this young girl and giving an interesting insight into the activities of the Black Panthers in California.  The three sisters act like sisters and bicker and fight but they are loving sisters and they stick together.  I would highly recommend this quick read to everyone.  I learned a little bit about the Black Panthers and am curious to find out more after reading this book.     
Goodreads Summary:  In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp

     This book describes a world in which the oil wells of the world have run dry.  People are unable to sustain the lifestyles that they had before because many products are not available anymore.  Think about all the products that rely on oil--plastic being one of them.  This is a good cautionary tale about the effects of relying on a non-renewable resource and not exploring alternative greener possibilities for power.  I did not love the style of the writing in this book as an adult, but I know that my students will love it.  The beginning of the book read like some of the series that I read as a teenager.  There are some complicated teenage relationships in the book which makes it more interesting for that audience.  I would recommend this book to many students because it really makes you think about our world and what might happen if we're not careful.  

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