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P.S. Be Eleven [Read] ➼ P.S. Be Eleven ➹ Rita Williams-Garcia – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk In this Coretta Scott King Award winning novel and sequel to the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn and find that changes large a In this Coretta Scott King Award winning novel and sequel to the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn and find that changes large and small have come to their home This extraordinary novel earned five starred reviews, with Publishers Weekly calling it historical fiction that s as P.S. Be Kindle - full of heart as it is of heartbreak and The Horn Book considering it funny, wise, poignant, and thought provoking After spending the summer in Oakland, California, with their mother and the Black Panthers, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern arrive home with a newfound streak of independence The sisters aren t the only ones who have changed Now Pa has a girlfriend Uncle Darnell returns from Vietnam a different man But Big Ma still expects Delphine to keep her sisters in line That s much harder now that Vonetta and Fern refuse to be bossed around Besides her sisters, Delphine s got plenty of other things to worry about like starting sixth grade, being the tallest girl in her class, and dreading the upcoming school dance The one person she confides in is her mother, Cecile Through letters, Delphine pours her heart out and receives some constant advice to be eleven while she canSupports the Common Core State Standards.


10 thoughts on “P.S. Be Eleven

  1. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    It s entirely possible that I love this continuation of the Gaither sisters small saga eventhan the first award winning smash of a novel, but that could just be proximity talking Since I just finished this lovely sequel and am still hearing the Jackson Five in my head, smelling Big Ma s cooking, and seeing Mr Miwila s sixth grade classroom, my deep love of Rita Williams Garcia s lyrical, heartfelt writing is still fresh But I can already tell that this is a book that will stick with me It s entirely possible that I love this continuation of the Gaither sisters small saga eventhan the first award winning smash of a novel, but that could just be proximity talking Since I just finished this lovely sequel and am still hearing the Jackson Five in my head, smelling Big Ma s cooking, and seeing Mr Miwila s sixth grade classroom, my deep love of Rita Williams Garcia s lyrical, heartfelt writing is still fresh But I can already tell that this is a book that will stick with me, not just because of all the rich sensory details, but because every time I have to to explain to a parent why a child should wait to read an abiding classic that is currently over their head, I will invoke the words of Delphine s mother when she explains to Delphine why she should wait to read Things Fall Apart You can read all its words Even the African words But you will not know what Achebe is saying It is a bad thing to bite into hard fruit with little teeth You will say bad things about the fruit when the problem is your teeth Imaginative, concise, true Just like this gem of a novel


  2. Lata Lata says:

    4.5 stars The wonderful Gaither sisters are back Delphine, Vonetta and Fern return home to Brooklyn After their summer with Cecile, their mother, and the Black Panthers, the girls are different, and arewilling to speak up Their grandmother is not too pleased, and continues to badmouth Cecile.It s a new school year, and there are changes happening in their family Their father introduces the girls to a woman and seems pretty serious about her The girls discover the Jackson Five, and ar 4.5 stars The wonderful Gaither sisters are back Delphine, Vonetta and Fern return home to Brooklyn After their summer with Cecile, their mother, and the Black Panthers, the girls are different, and arewilling to speak up Their grandmother is not too pleased, and continues to badmouth Cecile.It s a new school year, and there are changes happening in their family Their father introduces the girls to a woman and seems pretty serious about her The girls discover the Jackson Five, and are desperate to see the group when they play in NYC in December Also, their uncle Darnell is back from Vietnam, and is quiet, suffering from nightmares, and not eager to rejoin daily life of employment and jokes and songs with the girls.There is so much going on in this story, in addition to the sisterly dynamics, which are always interesting and evolving There s the inherent and overt racism of the flight attendant and passengers Their father s girlfriend is a big change for girls who ve been motherless for years Their grandmother s internalized racism is evendifficult to listen to after the girls time with the Black Panthers Delphine s relationships with her friends and school are evolving, thanks to new influences and a new teacher on exchange from Zambia with high academic and deportment expectations for the kids Though not gone into in great detail, there s Uncle Darnell s psychological damage a year out of high school and just back from Vietnam, and clearly suffering, though the PTSD and drug use are not easily recognized by the family I love the deft way Rita Williams Garcia brings so much together though Delphine s keen and upright narration, and I m a little sad that there s only onebook to read about the Gaither sisters


  3. Josiah Josiah says:

    Truth be told, I didn t understand the Rita Williams Garcia hype before reading P.S Be Eleven I d read a couple of her books, notably 2011 Newbery Honoree One Crazy Summer, but wasn t convinced she belonged in the discussion with the top children s authors of her day Her writing was never dull, chapter after chapter of engaging prose that hit the ear with the faint ring of poetry, but I wasn t sure it meshed as a cohesive piece of art with a worthwhile central message After P.S Be Eleven, I Truth be told, I didn t understand the Rita Williams Garcia hype before reading P.S Be Eleven I d read a couple of her books, notably 2011 Newbery Honoree One Crazy Summer, but wasn t convinced she belonged in the discussion with the top children s authors of her day Her writing was never dull, chapter after chapter of engaging prose that hit the ear with the faint ring of poetry, but I wasn t sure it meshed as a cohesive piece of art with a worthwhile central message After P.S Be Eleven, I won t doubt Rita Williams Garcia again This story has potent emotional resonance, offering a distinct taste of the era in which it s set and wisdom that won t become outdated no matter how many generations come and go on this earth Rita Williams Garcia seems to be at the height of her powers, and it s a wonder to behold I can hardly wait to re immerse myself for the third Gaither Sisters book, Gone Crazy in Alabama Words do , mean , than how they are defined I see things visible, invisible, ordinary, and extraordinary in the world P.S Be Eleven, P 108 Returning home to Brooklyn from spending summer visiting their mother Cecile in California is a big drop off for Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern Their paternal grandmother Big Mama is strict as ever, quick to remind the girls that she won t give them free rein as Cecile did in Oakland Eleven year old Delphine and her younger sisters are used to Big Mama s disciplinarian ways, but they aren t prepared for their father s new clean cut appearance and jovial demeanor Papa has a girlfriend, one he s real serious about She makes him happy, but Delphine doesn t know how she feels about a mother figure maybe joining the family Would Cecile approve of her ex husband running around with another woman Desiring to maintain a relationship with their mother, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern write letters to her, and Delphine uses the opportunity to apprise their mother of Papa s dating situation Free spirit though Cecile is, she corresponds with her daughters throughout P.S Be Eleven Changes come fast to the Gaithers small home on Herkimer Street Uncle Darnell returns from military duty in Vietnam, but suffers severe night terrors his first night back Only Papa and Big Mama can calm him Still a teenager, the war veteran shows flashes of his old teasing self, the uncle that Delphine and her sisters adored, but for the most part he s physically and emotionally distant, setting up camp on the couch and not wanting to budge from the house to establish a post combat life for himself Uncle Darnell has problems that could mess up his future quick if he doesn t get straightened out Attempting to be the firm guiding hand Darnell needs, Papa insists he get a job or vacate the house, but that only causes friction between Papa and Big Mama Her younger son is sick in places a physician can t reach, and she s not about to let him be thrown out on the streets A devastating confrontation brews between the two stubborn personalities, one that could permanently split the family if Darnell doesn t pull himself together Once you give an ultimatum, you have to mean it You can t pull back Sometimes your or else is all the power you have and you can t be afraid to do what you threaten to do P.S Be Eleven, P 187 This school year Delphine was supposed to have the nicest female teacher on staff, but on the first day she finds a small man with a thick African accent at the head of her class Mr Mwiba, a native Zambian, is on a teacher exchange program to the U.S., and will lead Delphine s class this year Mr Mwiba captures the room s attention with a mix of no nonsense discipline, rigid decorum, and uncompromising love of learning, refusing to let students settle for less than their best Delphine and her sixth grade peers are the oldest kids in the school, and it s time they set an example Mr Mwiba and Delphine s father take education seriously, but there s time for fun, too Delphine sticks close to her friends and learns to tolerate Danny the K and Ellis Carter, a pair of boys who turn up everywhere Delphine goes even though she finds them annoying and they feel the same about her There s a Valentine s Day school dance coming up, though Delphine doesn t much want to attend She s the tallest girl in the school by far, taller than every boy but Ellis, and why on earth would she want to hit the dance floor with him Things change at home and school by the time February rolls around, shifting Delphine s perspective on the dreaded dance, and by February 14 she s ready for a night that could be kind of special If only she can find the right company to spend it with The Jackson Five emerge as a musical sensation that wows every girl in Brooklyn and beyond, and the Gaither sisters aren t immune to their charm Most everyone is gaga over the littlest brother, lead vocalist Michael, but Delphine and her siblings are divided over which Jackson they re partial to Delphine prefers Jackie, the tall boy with the tenor voice When the announcement comes that the Jacksons are booked for a concert at Madison Square Garden, the sisters are ecstatic They have to find a way to be there Grumbling about spending money to watch teenage hoodlums on stage, Papa agrees to put up half the cash for tickets if Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern earn the rest That s months of saving their allowance and birthday money with minimal extraneous spending, but it s worth it to stand in that building with thousands of crazy fans and cheer on the Jackson Five Delphine isn t sure Vonetta is up to being the treasurer for all three girls savings, but Papa s girlfriend urges Delphine to let her try She won t learn responsibility unless someone trusts her These story threads interweave and tangle in ways we don t anticipate anythan Delphine does, and the heat rises as winter temperatures drop Our passionate opinions often result in arguing, which can lead to shouting, and there s no shortage of that in the Gaither household these days Wave after wave of trouble hits, putting everyone on the defensive about how they conduct themselves Contention escalates between Big Mama and Papa s girlfriend, who asserts herself in family affairs as her role increases Papa isn t always keen on that, decisively putting his girlfriend back in her place if he perceives that she s strayed out of bounds, and her temper ignites when she thinks she s been disrespected Certain rights come with entry into a family, and it s wrong for Papa to try and revoke them whenever his girl disagrees with him on an important issue Darnell s problems worsen, spreading like poison to every member of the family, and most everything goes south after that The Gaithers are in danger of irreparable harm being done to their cohesive unit, and Delphine and her sisters can only watch as the wheels come off What s to prevent Papa from deserting his daughters as Cecile did, walking out one day and never returning What if Big Mama leaves Does love grow cold and die like a warm, sweet baby left out on a stoop in a winter storm Delphine vents her frustration and fear to her mother by letter, and Cecile faithfully responds Her answers may be poetic and enigmatic, sometimes beyond Delphine s grasp, but at least her mother s there with a word of wisdom when needed amidst this howling family storm that won t stop cycling back around All of Big Mama s fervent prayer won t stop the ship from cracking apart as they try to stand on its crumbling deck Can the Gaithers survive the impact of one trauma after another like monstrous hurricanes Was it all right to stop loving someone you re supposed to always love P.S Be Eleven, P 188 It takes an excellent storyteller to get a reader s hackles raised, and Rita Williams Garcia accomplishes that in spades in P.S Be Eleven There is some seriously rough going in these two hundred seventy two pages, but it feels authentic even when parents and other authority figures treat the kids under their care very unfairly That s how adults in charge tend to act under pressure, as if they automatically know best and objections from kids are by nature frivolous and not worth listening to Kids have no recourse but to swallow the injustice with barely a peep of dissent Fair minded people who read P.S Be Eleven will come away with the conclusion that being a kid is a tough business because every area of your life is subject to adults who can change it on a whim The story s wisdom is as clear and beautiful as its high pressure drama is upsetting, and Cecile is a wonderful source of it Her most remarkable insight is her caution against Delphine reading Chinua Achebe s Things Fall Apart when she s too young, before she has the life experience to mine the book s riches It is a bad thing to bite into hard fruit with little teeth You will say bad things about the fruit when the problem is your teeth That ismagnificent If we aren t ready for it, the greatest writing will be rubbish to us We ll gripe about weird taste or texture, say it s impossible to gnaw through the leathery exterior to anything sweet inside We ll declare it bad fruit, when the problem lies with us Clever individuals can make the case that anything is no good, cherry picking reasons to support their claim while ignoring contrary evidence, but that s merely exercise in debate technique We re still wrong about the thing we defame even if we sway others to our side However many other books I read and love, I ll never forget Cecile s words here Bittersweet at best are the fruits of strife and discord among family and intimate friends, and that s the flavor of P.S Be Eleven s final moments as Delphine reflects on the losses that haunt her family The lyrics to the Jackson Five song Who s Loving You feel different as she sings them now, and sound different coming from Vonetta and Fern They ve felt the sting of melancholy behind the words as few girls their age have What did little Michael Jackson know about love and loneliness With all his brothers surrounding his voice with theirs, what did he know about losing all the people he loved one by one What did Michael Jackson know about life without the ones you loved the most, when each of them moved farther and farther away until they were voices you heard and pictures that flashed before you Vonetta knew Fern knew I knew There wasn t a day that went by that we didn t wonder about everyone who had flashed before us There wasn t a day that went by that we didn t close our eyes and go on wishing Layer upon layer of pain can t smother the spark of hope, which keeps trying after all reasonable expectation of completing the circuit is dead Because sometimes miracles happen, and what if we re not prepared for it In Big Mama s words, Every good bye ain t gone Our halcyon days do return every now and then even if it seems impossible You just have to be there waiting when fortune decides to favor you with its pretty smile again I have much regard for the Newbery awards, but I believe the committee got it backwards here P.S Be Eleven was the Gaither Sisters novel that deserved a Newbery Honor, not One Crazy Summer The historical, social, and personal narratives are nearly flawless, and the author respects the intelligence of her young readers by not connecting every last dot Letting us do that ourselves encourages deeper thought about what we re reading Books like P.S Be Eleven are a big part of why I read, muddling through stacks of average literature to find precious gems A sensitive reader s worldview is sure to be enlarged by taking the dive into this story The hype for Rita Williams Garcia and P.S Be Eleven is justified, people I trust you ll find it an illuminating experience


  4. Monica Edinger Monica Edinger says:

    Reviewed on blog and below A huge fan of Rita Willliams Garcia s One Crazy Summer, I was incredibly happy when it got a great deal of award love and recognition I mean, who could not be taken with those three sisters going off to spend the summer in California with the Black Panther mother they never knew And who could not want to know what happened to them when they went home to Brooklyn Happily, we find out in the sequel, P.S Be Eleven Taking off immediately after the girls return fr Reviewed on blog and below A huge fan of Rita Willliams Garcia s One Crazy Summer, I was incredibly happy when it got a great deal of award love and recognition I mean, who could not be taken with those three sisters going off to spend the summer in California with the Black Panther mother they never knew And who could not want to know what happened to them when they went home to Brooklyn Happily, we find out in the sequel, P.S Be Eleven Taking off immediately after the girls return from California, their life in late 60s Brooklyn is all about changes Delphine is starting sixth grade with a teacher she wasn t expecting, Vonetta and Fern are becomingindependent, their beloved uncle Darnell is back from Vietnam and not doing well at all, Pa has a new girlfriend, and Big Ma is struggling with all of it.And Delphine is struggling too to make sense of her world, her family, her friends, and herself as she moves through this pivotal year Her mother Cecile is on the other side of the continent, but her letters consistently and repeatedly remind Delphine to be eleven, to not grow up too soon, to be herself.As in the first book, time and place are vividly evoked I was particularly moved by the girls adoration of the Jackson Five, their efforts to make it to a concertand what happened about that And Williams Garcia does the small epiphanies of youth with exquisite perfection Say Delphine learning the hard truth about her beloved dictionary, the tiny rare moments alone with her father, her growing awareness of the painful aspects of the lives of the adults around her, aspects completely unrelated to her or her two sisters.This won t matter to young readers, but boy did reading this make me feel old I was certain The Archie s Sugar Sugar was older than the time of this book as I recalled having to listen to it ad nauseam during Driver s Ed But indeed I did that in 1969 and that was the year of that bubblegum hit So I was older than Delphine in 1969.But never mind about that all that matters is that young readers today are going to delight when they re encounter Delphine and cheer as she ponders difficult things around her, learns, enjoys, and is, as her mother urges, even after she turns twelve eleven


  5. Claire Claire says:

    I see a number of four star reviews for this one, and I only just finished it, so haven t sat with it yet but this was a five star book for me I think it was stronger than one crazy summer in voice, depth of the characters, and sense of place I loved the pacing, the quiet tone, and the utter believability of the kids actions and voices super impressed this is by far my favorite of her books so far I see a number of four star reviews for this one, and I only just finished it, so haven t sat with it yet but this was a five star book for me I think it was stronger than one crazy summer in voice, depth of the characters, and sense of place I loved the pacing, the quiet tone, and the utter believability of the kids actions and voices super impressed this is by far my favorite of her books so far


  6. Melinda Melinda says:

    Bedtime read aloud I can t say enough about these Gaither girls books Such great characters, and such a clear sense of time and place They remind me in many ways of the Ramona books, which were the emotional touchstones of my childhood Delphine and her sisters feel real They talk like real kids, and they feel real feelings, and real things happen to them, and Rita Williams Garcia like Beverly Cleary trusts kid readers to get it Likewith the Jackson 5 concert ticket storyline sh Bedtime read aloud I can t say enough about these Gaither girls books Such great characters, and such a clear sense of time and place They remind me in many ways of the Ramona books, which were the emotional touchstones of my childhood Delphine and her sisters feel real They talk like real kids, and they feel real feelings, and real things happen to them, and Rita Williams Garcia like Beverly Cleary trusts kid readers to get it Likewith the Jackson 5 concert ticket storyline shady stuff goes down, the girls don t get their way, it isn t fair, no giant life lessons are learned, nothing is tidy, and life just moves on So good Starting book 3 tomorrow night


  7. Dee Dee G Dee Dee G says:

    Pa and Big Ma irked my nerves but I liked this book a lot lol.


  8. Barb Middleton Barb Middleton says:

    As a kid, my brother would drop the needle on our Monkees album and we would shout sing, Hey, Hey we re the monkees We keep on monkeying around not sure of the lyrics any since it was decades ago I do remember my brother pretend throwing a football and me doing cartwheels our version of dancing before mom eventually hollered, Uff da Turn that down The house is shaking We were the Heckle an Jeckle in our family of seven just like Vonetta and Fern are in this story I found As a kid, my brother would drop the needle on our Monkees album and we would shout sing, Hey, Hey we re the monkees We keep on monkeying around not sure of the lyrics any since it was decades ago I do remember my brother pretend throwing a football and me doing cartwheels our version of dancing before mom eventually hollered, Uff da Turn that down The house is shaking We were the Heckle an Jeckle in our family of seven just like Vonetta and Fern are in this story I found myself smiling at the family teasing, dancing, and shenanigans that reminded me of my own clan Delphine describes her sisters Heckle and Jeckle performed up a storm for Uncle Darnell Heckle became Hirohito the boy Delphine likes writing letters about love and go karts, and Jeckle became me and wrote back in letters Many readers can relate as the three girls tease and argue with each other, oftentimes because they resent Delphine s authority as the older sibling The author uses the 1960s as a backdrop to show how families are not perfect using humor and drama.This sequel to One Crazy Summer has Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern flying back from California where they visited their mother, a poet, who abandoned them at a young age never getting married to their father The threesome attend the Black Panthers summer camp and learn the injustices and struggles of African Americans in the United States Feeling empowered by their new knowledge the sequel begins with the girls flying home and asserting their rights in ways that aren t always appropriate The way they test the waters when using the bathroom not realizing the difference between being rude and assertive is funny and makes for good discussions with students.When the three girls see their grandmother, Big Ma, who picks them up at the airport with Pa, they no longer think of her as authoritative but oppressive This not only captures the changes in teenagers as they learn to be independent, but the social issues of African Americans as a suppressed minority group in the U.S Big Ma was once a slave and her attitude toward white people shows fears that the three girls cannot understand When the girls misbehave Big Ma overreacts telling to not make a Negro spectacle for all the white folks to see She punishes the girls by hitting them in the face or with a belt She also shows she loves her grandchildren by caring for them and taking them shopping for school clothes The girls love her and are afraid of her which is a trait I remember many of my classmates exhibiting toward their parents back in the 60 s 70 s Stories varied from kids getting their mouths washed out with soap for swearing or getting paddled with a wooden spoon or having a belt taken to them for misbehaving.Big Ma owns a house in Alabama She grew up with white people lynching black people and her fears are understandable even if the girls don t understand it growing up in New York with their Pa I was a bit confused by Big Ma and the amount of time she spent living with her grandchildren and sons, Pa and Darnell, in New York Delphine talks about how Big Ma always buys her ugly clothes for school and Big Ma disciplines the girls like she has raised them, but then she also has a house down south Perhaps this was in the first book and I just forgot As is, I didn t really understand Big Ma s motivation for leaving the girls except that it was getting too crowded or Darnell was gone or she didn t want to hear the criticism of Darnell from the angry girls.Not only did I want an explanation from Big Ma, but I wanted Delphine to get an explanation from Cecile why she left the girls when Fern was a baby Big Ma says its because Pa wouldn t let Cecile name her Fern, but Cecile doesn t confirm this In the first book Cecile tells Delphine she was homeless and her Pa found her on a park bench and took her into his home They had three kids but never married Whenever Delphine asks for the real reason why she left home, Cecile says she is too young to understand I m not sure what to infer from the text except Cecile doesn t want the responsibility of taking care of others.I did wonder if the book, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe might be a clue to why Cecile left the girls Delphine s teacher, Mr Mwila, loves this book and reads it during class and Delphine asks him about it Simply put, this story is about a man in Nigeria who is very traditional and when white men enter his village they change his culture in a way that he can t handle and he kills himself as a result Cecile is a member of the Black Panthers, a group that formed to protect African Americans from police brutality She embraces change which is opposite of the book, Things Fall Apart This book relatesto Big Ma, the character who hangs on to traditions the most and finds it hard to accept change, versus Delphine who slowly accepts changes in her family as a part of her inner journey.Delphine s teacher, Mr Mwila, makes her cry after criticizing her paper and reads his book, When Things Fall Apart, after assigning kids to work in groups after a lesson His teaching leaves much to be desired and his lack of kindness and responsibility toward his students is at times annoying He isn t outwardly mean which makes himreal and his inexperience is shown subtlety Most teachers circle the classroom and conference with students after a lesson instead of reading a book for pleasure like Mr Mwila When he does this, he is asking for his classroom to fall apart It is no surprise when Delphine gets detention along with some other boys after getting into a verbal fight The author does a good job capturing middle school kids and a classroom community breaking down because of the teacher not doing his job.The strong, distinct characters make this book memorable The family dynamics are constantly changing as the girls deal with their uncle s problems with coming home from Vietnam and their Pa s new wife The adults fighting and struggles as the family changes, often leaves the girls confused and in the middle of issues they didn t understand It isn t explained in the book why the new wife left the house angry for a week, and some readers might struggle with understanding how Pa and his new wife were fighting over parenting the three girls Pa was basically saying they are his girls and not hers to discipline This is not fair to his new wife and shows a lack of respect for her opinion in dealing with the issue of Darnell s theft.The plot isabout relationships than surprising plot twists as Delphine learns to accept the change of a new mother Some parts of the story were predictable, such as the stolen money and the boy s interest in Delphine While the portrayal of family miscommunications and unclear meanings is a closer reflection of real life, I found myself wishing foranswers Speaking of not understanding, I wondered about Big Ma calling the girls, untrained chimps Calling an African American a monkey or chimp is racist, so I was baffled by Big Ma s name calling Did anyone else have that thought The clever wordplay of Delphine calling her sisters, Heckle and Jeckle, not only refers to the classic Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde but the postwar cartoon series about two identical magpies named, Heckle and Jeckle They were both aggressive and antagonistic with Jeckle beingdevious than Heckle The characters in this book imitate and compete with each other, Vonetta being a bitdevious than Fern Their rapid fire, slapstick dialogue is hysterical and the younger poetic sister trying to rhyme all the time as well as constantly tossing in surely do or some other surely response make the two original in their own right.Delphine s character represents a minority group not only as an African American, but as a child The struggle for children to have their voices heard in the world of adults and adapt to a society that constantly changes is just as applicable today as it was in the 1960 s How she interacts with others in the community to grow into a strong independent woman is a story for all A terrific story


  9. Elizabeth Meadows Elizabeth Meadows says:

    This is such a wonderful series


  10. Alex Baugh Alex Baugh says:

    For all of you who became fans of the Gaither sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern in One Crazy Summer, the girls are back And for anyone who doesn t know the Gaither sisters they are a delight to meet.The girls have just returned to Herkimer Street in Brooklyn after spending the summer with the mother Cecile in Oakland, CA see One Crazy Summer Gone for one short summer, when they get back home things are definitely different For one thing, their father is a changed man now that he has For all of you who became fans of the Gaither sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern in One Crazy Summer, the girls are back And for anyone who doesn t know the Gaither sisters they are a delight to meet.The girls have just returned to Herkimer Street in Brooklyn after spending the summer with the mother Cecile in Oakland, CA see One Crazy Summer Gone for one short summer, when they get back home things are definitely different For one thing, their father is a changed man now that he has a girlfriend, Miss Marva Hendrix, and it looks like they are getting serious And they beloved Uncle Darnell is coming home from Vietnam Of course, the girls have also changed Now they know about the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Panthers and the new Feminist Movement But Delphine, Vonetta and Fern soon learn that sisterhood begins at home.The Jackson Five have hit the pop charts hard and soon they will be coming to Madison Square Garden Papa isn t too crazy about the idea of the girls going to their concert, but Miss Marva Hendrix is all for it And so it is agreed the girls will save their money and pay half the cost and Marva will pay the other half And she puts middle sister Vonetta in charge of the money usurping the power over her younger sisters older sister Delphine always had Now she has to trust Vonetta with all her hard gotten cash.Things have changed at school, as well Delphine doesn t get the sixth grade teacher she was supposed to have and ends up with a strict exchange teacher from Africa, Mr Mwila, who actually expects his students to do the work assigned and do it well And when Uncle Darnell comes home from Vietnam, its as if he is a completely changed person and not for the better All he does is sleep the days away and go out at night And then, the Jackson Five money gets stolen Meanwhile Delphine has started writing back to her mother Cecile Delphine pours out all her worries and concerns to Cecile and doesn t understand why her mother always ends her letters with the words P.S Be eleven.But her mother, even if she is a distant mother, knows that Delphine is taking life too seriously and taking too much responsibility on her shoulders for an 11 year old.P.S Be Eleven might sound like a coming of age novel, but it isn t Delphine is in the throes of growing pains, changing but still on the coming of age threshold And watching Delphine navigate her growing pains as she narrates them to the reader is what makes her such an endearing character and the novel so wonderful P.S Be Eleven is a delight to read and a nice stand alone novel I haven t read One Crazy Summer, though I was inspired to go out and get a copy to read, but this works very well as a stand alone novel While I am sure that the Gaither sisters has lots of adventures in the first novel, enough is made clear in the second whenever something from it comes up.Rita Williams Garcia got so much so right in this novel Her depiction of Brooklyn in 1968 is perfection and she has really captured the mood of the times The late 1960s was an pivotal time in the history of this country and it effected everyone in one way or another and how it impacted one family in Bed Sty Brooklyn is all detailed in P.S Be Eleven Surely did This book is recommended for readers age 9 This book was borrowed from the NYPLThis review was originally posted at Randomly Reading


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