Gone Crazy in Alabama

Gone Crazy in Alabama

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"Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062215888
Branch Call Number: Fiction Williams CHILD
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 17, 2017

This book had a few enjoyable moments and dramatized some interesting historical events. But overall, I found it an unsatisfactory conclusion to young Delphine's story. To my mind, that twelve-year-old had way too much responsibility placed on her shoulders and not enough parental love. Most of the time the adults in the book didn't act very grown up. I just wanted to reach through the pages and give Delphine a hug.

sdodge66 Jun 30, 2016

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Feb 29, 2016

The third book in the trilogy makes me sad that I will no longer be able to share the experiences of the Gaither sisters. If you have not read any of them I would recommend that you start with the first, One Crazy Summer where the girls spend the summer with their Black Panther mother in Oakland. Understanding relationships is important in this series. In the final book the girls are sent to live with their Grandma and Great Grandma in rural Alabama quite a change from their home in Brooklyn. It’s challenging for these young girls to accept the racism found in the south. Their white cousin is the sheriff and a KKK member. But what comes out strongest in the telling is the history of the girls’ family and the strength and love of family.

Feb 17, 2016

I just read this book for the second time, and thoroughly enjoyed it! A lively, engrossing, and powerful continuation of the lives and themes from the previous two books, One Crazy Summer, and P.S. Be Eleven. Loved it.

This book touches on histories of race and racism not always addressed in YA lit, so some youth/tweens may benefit from further discussion with parents and/or research about issues raised.

vpl_childrens Dec 11, 2015

Award winning, best selling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters who leave their home in Brooklyn to visit their grandmother in rural Alabama. Family history and secrets are shared and the sisters soon learn more than they ever imagined about the matriarchs of their family. They also discover the bonds that keep their family close, though they are not together. This humorous companion to One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven can also be enjoyed by readers encountering these powerful sisters for the very first time.

Sep 03, 2015

this book was a good way to end the series. It had the elements that the previous ones did mixing in the funny stuff with the dramatic and serious. I think the back and forth stuff with the elderly sisters wen ton for a bit to long. But the last half of the book really made up for that. I really felt bad for Fern in the scenes where she found out where meat came form and did not want to eat. it anymore and her sister and Grandmother was so down right mean to her about it.


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