One Crazy Summer, for pre-teens and teens
Appropriate for older children, this fun adventure novel follows 11-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters as they’re sent from Brooklyn, New York to Oakland, California in the year 1968 to spend the summer with a mother who abandoned them. They’re quickly sent to a summer camp that’s, unbeknownst to the girls, run by Black Panthers who teach them incredible lessons about their family’s history and Black history in America. The book was so popular it spurred the sequels “P.S. Be Eleven,” and “Gone Crazy in Alabama.” While it has comedic elements, it is a powerful coming of age story as well.