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P.S. be eleven

by Williams-Garcia, Rita.

Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 2013 2013
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The Gaither sisters are back in Brooklyn, where changes large and small come to their household as they grow up during the turbulent 1960s.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* The Gaither sisters Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are newly returned from a summer spent in California with their mother, Cecile, and the Black Panthers (One Crazy Summer, 2010). But life in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, with Big Ma and Pa is nothing like the freedom of Oakland, even if the girls carry back independent streaks. And while their summer may have been crazy, autumn is not exactly tame: Pa's wearing cologne and whistling now that he has a girlfriend; Uncle Darnell's back from Vietnam but sleeps a lot; and sixth grade has a new Zambian exchange teacher, Mr. Mwilla. Delphine speaks her worried mind in letters to Cecile, who always adds a postscript, reminding Delphine to Be Eleven and not a grown-up. (This makes for a nice recurring sentiment, if a somewhat clunky title.) Set against the tumultuous, yet vibrant, backdrop of the late 1960s as Nixon campaigns against Humphrey and the Jackson Five are poised to play Madison Square Garden the story is vividly narrated by Delphine, who reluctantly learns to ease control over her sisters and comes to a tough realization: Twelve makes you know better than to wish for things that only eleven would wish hard for. Even without the dynamic Black Panther characters, this soars as a finely drawn portrait of a family in flux and as a memorable slice of a specific time in our nation's history. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Williams-Garcia's One Crazy Summer (2010) won the Newbery Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award and was a National Book Award finalist. A robust marketing campaign includes author appearances.--Kelley, Ann Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Delphine and her sisters return to Brooklyn from visiting their estranged mother, Cecile, a poet who sent them off every day to a camp run by the Black Panthers in Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor-winning One Crazy Summer. It wasn't the California vacation they expected, but the experience rocked their world. Big Ma, their grandmother, is no longer just a stern taskmaster, she's an oppressor. Delphine, who again narrates, loses interest in magazines like Tiger Beat and Seventeen: "When there's Afros and black faces on the cover, I'll buy one," she tells a storeowner. Reflecting society at large in 1968, change and conflict have the Gaither household in upheaval: Pa has a new girlfriend, Uncle Darnell returns from Vietnam a damaged young man, and the sixth-grade teacher Delphine hoped to get has been replaced by a man from Zambia. Though the plot involves more quotidian events than the first book, the Gaither sisters are an irresistible trio. Williams-Garcia excels at conveying defining moments of American society from their point of view-this is historical fiction that's as full of heart as it is of heartbreak. Ages 8-12. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Sisters Juvenile fiction
Families New York (State) New York Juvenile fiction
African Americans Juvenile fiction
Letters Juvenile fiction
Mothers Juvenile fiction
Sisters Fiction
Family life New York (State) Brooklyn Fiction
African Americans Fiction
Historical Fiction
Juvenile Fiction
Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.) Juvenile fiction.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) Juvenile fiction.
Publisher Prince Frederick :Recorded Books2013
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Johnson, Sisi Aisha, narrator.
OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Sisi Aisha Johnson.
Audience 8 years and up.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: OverDrive Listen
Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
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Description 1 audio file : digital
ISBN 9781470361808
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