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One Crazy Summer

The major conflict of One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia is between Delphine, the eleven-year-old narrator, and her mother, Cecile. The novel begins when Delphine and her sisters are sent to...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2019 10:36 pm UTC

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This novel has many smaller events that break down into different segments, but there are several overarching events that shadow the rest of them. The first major event that happens is when the...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 7:16 pm UTC

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Cecile is a complex character in One Crazy Summer. Her actions towards her children reflect her conflicted nature. Cecile is passionate towards her voice. She shows this in her initial reactions...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2015 3:29 am UTC

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Delphine is the surrogate mother of her sisters. In the absence of her mother, Delphine has operated as the maternal figure for her younger sisters. Being eleven, she is the eldest of the girls....

Latest answer posted August 15, 2013 9:50 am UTC

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In Rita Williams-Garcia's award-winning young reader's novel One Crazy Summer, when the three main characters, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern, arrive at their mother Cecile's house in Oakland,...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2015 12:04 am UTC

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The novel takes place in the late 1960s, specifically in 1968,] in the thralls of the battle for Civil Rights for minorities. It is a time period rife with violence and conflict as well as with...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019 12:28 am UTC

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In the chapter "Everyone Knows the King of the Sea," Delphine tells us that "a name is important" because your "name is who you are and how you're known even when you do something great or...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2015 6:50 pm UTC

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One villain found in Rita Williams-Garcia's novel One Crazy Summer is Crazy Kelvin. When the three young protagonists--sisters Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern--first meet him, he appears to be very...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2015 3:25 am UTC

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Much to Delphine's surprise, her mother, Cecile, tells her and her sisters that if they want some breakfast, they'll have to go down to the People's Center. The People's Center is a hub of activity...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2021 9:32 am UTC

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One Crazy Summer focuses largely on themes of reluctant motherhood and Black power. Cecile/Nzila is a poet and Black Panther and is clearly more invested in these roles than in being a mother. She...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 3:04 pm UTC

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At this start of this chapter, Delphine has just read about what happened to Bobby Hutton. She has been thinking a lot about this, and about the shooting in Oakland, and she has started to perceive...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2021 9:00 am UTC

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Cecile makes a point of never calling her youngest daughter, Fern, by her name. She wanted to call her Afua, but she was overruled by her husband and Big Ma. From that day on, she's insisted on...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 7:45 am UTC

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Cecile's home in Oakland, California, is described in detail in the chapter titled “Green Stucco House.” Delphine observes that the exterior is “green” and “prickly,” a style which their mother...

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The earth is revolutionary in that it revolves around the sun. One complete revolution takes 365.25 days, or one year. Of course, there are also political revolutions, the kind which the Black...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019 6:15 am UTC

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Rita Williams-Garcia's novel One Crazy Summer is narrated in the first person by Delphine, an eleven-year-old girl who is wise beyond her years and sees the world through a practical, honest,...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2021 1:10 am UTC

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In One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are sisters who spend their summer with their estranged mother. Delphine was older when her mother left them with her...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2019 5:04 pm UTC

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I didn't care what Cecile called her new self or how much dust she blew off paths with her poems. She was Cecile Johnson to me, and I didn't appreciate her so-called new self or her new name....

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019 8:29 pm UTC

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The one thing that the girls are looking for the most is a functional mother-daughter relationship. We find out that, while not as active in her daughters' lives as she should be, Cecile does love...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019 6:23 pm UTC

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While the other kids at the center are playing, Delphine and Fern volunteer to help out Sister Mukumbu with some classroom chores. One of these chores involves counting and stacking Black Panther...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 8:32 am UTC

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One Crazy Summer is a 2010 award-winning children’s book written by American author Rita Williams-Garcia. Set in Oakland in the summer of 1968, it tells the story of three young sisters named...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2020 4:10 pm UTC

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Cecil is not a caring mother when she meets the girls. She doesn't seem to have much of a knack for parenting, and she has a lot of strict rules. One of these rules is that the girls aren't allowed...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019 4:40 am UTC

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One Crazy Summer takes place over one summer in Oakland. Delphine and her two little sisters are seeing their mom, Cecile, for the first time in years. Cecile is not so nice at first. For example,...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2020 3:02 pm UTC

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Hirohita's last name is Woods. He is introduced as an older student at the People's Center whose father had been arrested for the "crime" of speaking the truth. Later, after the Gaither girls'...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2020 8:32 am UTC

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Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was the original name of the famous boxer Muhammad Ali, who later became the World Heavyweight Champion. Clay’s father was named after a well-known nineteenth-century...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2019 4:14 am UTC

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In One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, two main things surprised the three main characters (Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern) about their mother Cecile's house. First, the girls were surprised by...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2019 4:44 am UTC

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In literature, the main character, also called the protagonist, is the character upon which all plot development centers. The protagonist faces the conflict and continues to progress through the...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2015 10:51 pm UTC

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The girls’ father is named Louis Gaither. The reader learns this on page 38, the first page of the chapter that is called “Collect Call.” When this chapter begins, Delphine and her sisters are...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2020 1:42 am UTC

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How three sisters reclaim a place in their mother’s life, seven years after she has left them as toddlers and an infant, is the story of Rita Williams-Garcia’s One Crazy Summer. Delphine Gaither,...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2020 4:33 pm UTC

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Before leaving Brooklyn for Oakland, California, Delphine checks out some books from the library. For Vonetta and Fern, she brings a copy of Peter Pan. She chooses it because the girls have some...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020 12:18 am UTC

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Much of Cecile's identity is unrelated to her role as a mother. This is because she doesn't take motherhood all that seriously. A generally self-centered woman, Cecile seems to look upon her...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2021 1:03 pm UTC

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One example of a static character in One Crazy Summer is Sister Mukumbu. Throughout the story, Sister Mukumbu stays the same. She doesn’t undergo any significant changes or developments. At the...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2021 7:46 pm UTC

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Rita Williams-Garcia's One Crazy Summer depicts the story of how the lives of three sisters, Delphine, Fern, and Vonetta, changed over the course of one summer while visiting their estranged...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019 12:06 pm UTC

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In Rita Williams-Garcia's novel One Crazy Summer, the narrator, Delphine, believes that a name “makes a picture spring to mind” and that it is a crucial part of one’s identity. Delphine also...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2020 8:40 pm UTC

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Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern want a television set because they are quite bored with their California vacation, which has not been as entertaining as expected. A television set would help them liven...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2018 6:33 pm UTC

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Delphine is very much an adult before her time. But then she has to be, given that her mother, Cecile, has pretty much abdicated her parental responsibilities. By the time that Delphine and her...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020 6:24 am UTC

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In Rita Williams Garcia's young adult novel One Crazy Summer, the three Gaither sisters, Delphine (age 11), Vonella (age 9), and Fern (age 7), take an airplane from their home in New York to...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019 6:24 pm UTC

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Most of the other kids at the People's Center spend their free time running around and playing. But not Delphine and Fern; they're different. Instead of engaging in such childish pursuits, they...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2019 5:54 am UTC

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The Gaither sisters are flying on their way to Oakland, California, to see their mother, Cecile. As their plane approaches San Francisco Bay, the pilot announces that on the left, as they circle...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2021 11:38 am UTC

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Delphine is woken up by a loud thump. She had fallen asleep with a copy of the Island of the Blue Dolphins in her lap. The noise is coming from her sister Fern, who's making her way to the kitchen...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020 6:47 am UTC

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It's Pa who wants his three girls to go visit their mother Cecile in Oakland. The girls haven't seen their mother since the youngest sister was born seven years ago, and so Pa thinks it's high time...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2018 10:42 am UTC

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One Crazy Summer, written by Rita-Williams Garcia, is the first book in the Gaither Sisters series. In this book, eleven year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters travel to California to be...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2016 2:50 pm UTC

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