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Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadToo.com
Instead, their mo...
Instead, their mother, Cecile, doesn't want anything to do with them, cares more about her poetry, and sends them for Chinese take-out every night. She's more concerned about her work and sends the girls to a Blank Panther-run summer camp during the day. The girls learn about revolution and family in a summer they will never forget.
It's hard to express how wonderful this book is and how much I adored it. I was pretty sure I would enjoy it, since I had been hearing a positive buzz. But I was completely unprepared for how much this book would pull me in and not let go. I couldn't put it down.
This is a quiet book. It's not an action filled book, and there wasn't any suspense that made me keep turning pages. It was just the beautifully written story of three sisters discovering their mother and themselves. There was just something about it that really resonated with me as a reader and I had to keep reading this one; I couldn't stop.
The writing is superb. This is a middle grade novel, but the author never writes down to her audience, and the characters are beautifully realistic and the dynamics between the sisters is spot-on. I loved Delphine - I think she's one of my new favorite characters in children's lit. In many ways, she is wise beyond her years, being the oldest sister and having to care for her younger sisters and mediating their quarrels. But she's also a child herself, and she lets herself finally be a child during this summer. The reader gets to know Delphine so much during the course of the story that the reader ends up growing with her - and Ms. Williams-Garcia pulls it off beautifully.
I really could keep gushing about this book, but instead you should get yourself a copy. Highly recommended for tweens and up.
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Posted September 1, 2011
I would recommend this book to a friend because it about three sisters who to visit there mom. There mom left them when the youngest sister was born.Few days before they are about to leave there mother's house and go back to there father's house there mother gets arrested.When she comes out of jail she heard her daughters reading one of here poems.
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Posted March 19, 2011
Posted November 24, 2012
A journey through the eyes of a child. This story takes readers
A journey through the eyes of a child.
This story takes readers on a journey through the eyes of an eleven year old girl, Delphine, during the civil rights movement and Black Panthers era. Delphine displays the pure innocents of a child and the want for love from her mother who had abandoned her and her two younger sisters seven years prior. Cecile, the girls mother, wants nothing to do with the three girl and hardly pays them any attention while they are in her home. To get rid of the girl, Cecile send the girls to a summer camp that is ran by the Black Panthers. The girls discover many things about their mother and themselves while at the camp. This story takes readers on a journey of fear, maturity and self-wonderment of a child. This book is intended for teen reader and would be a great eye-opener to the insight of a child during one of America's hardest times.
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Posted September 4, 2012
Posted August 27, 2013