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Gone Crazy in Alabama

Gone Crazy in Alabama


Gone Crazy in Alabama

ratings:
5/5 (10 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
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Released:
Apr 21, 2015
ISBN:
9780062365842
Format:
Audiobook

Description

The Coretta Scott King Award-winning Gone Crazy in Alabama by Newbery Honor and New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime.

Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother Big Ma and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.

Powerful and humorous, this companion to the award-winning One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven will be enjoyed by fans of the first two books, as well as by readers meeting these memorable sisters for the first time.

Publisher:
Released:
Apr 21, 2015
ISBN:
9780062365842
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Rita Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor Book, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The two sequels, P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama, were both Coretta Scott King Author Award winners and ALA Notable Children’s Books. Her novel Clayton Byrd Goes Underground was a National Book Award finalist and winner of the NAACP Image Award for Youth/Teen Literature. Rita is also the author of five other distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book), Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); and Blue Tights. Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, with her husband and has two adult daughters. You can visit her online at www.ritawg.com.


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  • (5/5)
    Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita William- Garcia is the last novel in the series about sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern. In this installment, the sisters are staying in Alabama with their grandmother for the summer and learned a lot about their family dynamics and history. Delphine, Vonetta and Fern learns forgive their drug addicted uncle after not speaking to him for a year. The girls learn the truth about their grandmother and her estranged half sister, who she did not talk to in years. They learn that their mother really love them and care about them by showing up when Vonetta goes missing. This novel offers a lot of closure and answers to Delphine, Vonetta and Fern story. The theme of this novel is the importance of family and family history.
  • (5/5)
    Such authentic characters, and voices! This is the final of three books following the sisters, and though I have read them out of order, this third chapter arguably stands on its own.

    The family dynamics and rich southern setting are easy to get lost in and the straightforward interactions are entertaining. Family dynamics are well-explored, capturing the mysteries of the past and complex natures of how generations relate to one another. This is a fun weekend/beach read for grades 5-8 and grown-up fans alike. I hope they keep coming!
  • (5/5)
    Cute story. Kept me entertained on my walks. Thank you!
  • (5/5)
    Ever since their One Crazy Summer in Oakland, the Gaither sisters have been growing up. They've gone through a lot of changes, but now it's time to go back to their roots and visit Big Ma at the family home in Alabama. There, they will see not only their grandmother Big Ma, but their great-grandmother Ma Charles, and her half-sister Ma Trotter. Those two siblings haven't spoken to each other in years, though as Delphine and her sisters will learn, they have plenty to say about each other. As Delphine discovers the surprising truth about her family history, she wonders if the two elderly sisters will ever reconcile. In the meantime, Delphine is having sister problems of her own -- but when tragedy strikes, she learns something else about the bond between family, and particularly, between sisters.I found this book just as enjoyable as the previous two. Williams-Garcia has a keen ear for dialogue and family dynamics, and her characters spring to life right off the page. If you enjoyed the previous two books about the Gaither sisters, you don't want to miss this one.
  • (5/5)
    Sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern continue their journey through African-American experiences of the 1960s in Gone Crazy in Alabama, in a satisfying and entertaining novel that continues their individual journeys as well as that of the nation.In the first book, One Crazy Summer, the girls left their Brooklyn home to spend time with their mother, a poet and free spirit living in Berkley. Back home for P.S. Stay Eleven, they tried to reconnect with family, even as that family grew, while seeing that the protest movement did not find fruitful ground in their grandmother’s heart.In this third novel, the girls go to Alabama to visit their grandmother while their father and his new wife await the birth of a new child. There are old connections to rekindle with cousins. Their grandmother and her half-sister speak of each other every day and live within a stone’s throw, but don’t speak to each other. The moon landing is nearing (and fears the older generation has of this event recall what my own elders maintained about the effect on the planet). Delphine and Vonetta try to find ways to assert their own independence in kinship with their mother while still loving the rest of their family, while Delphine is especially struck by the Jim Crow hierarchy of the rural South. When a possible tragedy looms, the girls and the rest of the family find ways to support each other they may not have tried earlier.All three books are wonderfully fun and smart books about sisters. The differences in the three parts of the United States is woven into the stories in marvelous fashion, especially the contrast to being in Alabama compared to Brooklyn. The historical settings of the books bring back those days to readers who were there and will introduce them to those who need to know what happened before they came along in an entertaining fashion.
  • (5/5)
    The third book in the trilogy makes me sad that I will no longer be able to share the experiences of the Gaither sisters. If you have not read any of them I would recommend that you start with the first, One Crazy Summer where the girls spend the summer with their Black Panther mother in Oakland. Understanding relationships is important in this series. In the final book the girls are sent to live with their Grandma and Great Grandma in rural Alabama quite a change from their home in Brooklyn. It’s challenging for these young girls to accept the racism found in the south. Their white cousin is the sheriff and a KKK member. But what comes out strongest in the telling is the history of the girls’ family and the strength and love of family.