One Crazy Summer

Basic info:

Published by Amistad (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) in 2010.   Written by Rita Williams-Garcia

Book Review:

One Crazy Summer is the story of three sisters as they travel to visit their estranged mother in Oakland, California and end up getting involved in a Black Panther summer camp in the 1960s. This story speaks to the diversity of the civil rights movement and the lives of those involved. It is recommended for middle-grade (late 4th-7th grade) readers who wish to get a more realistic sense of what it was like to live in the 1960s. It has received the John Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award for Authors.


This website contains a variety of lesson plans used by other teachers who have taught from this book. They could make for a good “jumping off” point when teaching this book.

This is a great discussion guide to further guide lesson planning and offers a variety of activity ideas as well.




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