Rita Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor-winning novel, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The sequel, P.S. Be Eleven was also a Coretta Scott King Author Award winner and an ALA Notable Children's Book for Middle Readers.
"So well-observed that the characters seem to leap off the page,
the novel leaves a strong and lingering impact." -- Publishers
Weekly (starred review)
"Williams-Garcia makes the drama feel not only immediate but suffocatingly tense, as each tick of the clock speeds the three girls toward collision. Most impressive is how the use of voice allows readers to fully experience the complicated politics of high school; you can sense the thousand mini-dramas percolating within each crowded classroom." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)
"Williams-Garcia deftly creates portraits of each of the girls as the narration moves from one to another, with the triangulation of view resulting in some fascinatingly complex characterization." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Williams-Garcia has given her characters strong, individual voices that ring true to teenage speech. The ethical decision will get readers thinking about the larger issues surrounding community, personal responsibility, and the concept of 'snitching.'" -- School Library Journal
"With a realistic look at girl-on-girl violence and gripping characterization, Williams-Garcia masterfully builds tension to the momentous ending." -- Kirkus Reviews
"The latest novel from Williams-Garcia offers a piercing snapshot of three girls in an urban high school, their daily struggle to realize their hopes and dreams, and the threat of school violence to shatter them all." -- Horn Book Magazine
"This nail-biter of a tale, told from the girls' three viewpoints, has great insight into the lives of teenage girls and how they interpret and perpetrate bullying." -- Chicago Tribune
"Teens who live the reality of girl fights and getting jumped every day will surely see themselves and their friends in these girls." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
The daily struggles of three teens during one day at an urban high school are presented in this exceptional novel (HarperTeen, 2009) by Rita Williams-Garcia told in three first-person accounts. When Leticia overhears Dominique threatening to beat up Trina, she really doesn't want to get involved to save the girl from disaster. The expert performances by various narrators enhance the author's strong characterizations and lyrical street talk. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.