One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Eleven-year-old Delphine Gaither shepherds her two younger sisters from New York to visit their mother, Cecile, in Oakland, during the tumultuous Civil Rights Era. A real mother would cook them dinner; Cecile sends them to get take-out at Ming’s, tells them they are not allowed in her kitchen, and sends them to The People’s Center, run by the Black Panthers, for breakfast every day.

 

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