Read [Gone Crazy in Alabama Gaither Sisters #3] Author Rita Williams–Garcia
G from her perspective and in this the author really makes ou feel like she s on the right side of every argument It would be an excellent writing exercise to charge a class of sixth graders with the task of rewriting one of these sections from Vonetta or Fern s point of view instead As I might have mentioned before I wasn t actually sold initially on this book Truth be told I liked the seuel to One Crazy Summer called PS Be Eleven but found the ending rushed and a tad unsatisfying T Gone Crazy in Alabama is an incredibly gripping story for what it is with wonderful descriptions of Alabama itself and creative characters Thanks to my Goodreads friend Orinoco Womble for recommending this This is No 3 in the Gaither Sisters series but the first I ve read I started with this one because it was on sale for 199 in Kindle version This is a great story about three close Five fags a day young 8 10 12 sisters who travel alone from Brooklyn to Alabama to visit relatives for the summer Adventures ensue and the Alabama characters are hilarious This is a great easy read with an underlying thread of familial love Some favorite linesour voices either followed or lay on top of one another s for as long as I could rememberOur grandmother used to fuss with us so much that all we heard was the fussing and not the wordsIt wasn t fair to have waited for so long to read a book that was less than what I d imaginedI wanted us to all be together As many of us under one roof as could fit I needed to know we weren t all falling apart his dog song which was neither a true howl nor a barkI took it all in the firm but biscuit doughy feel of Big Ma s arms her gardenia talcum powder and Dixie Peach hair grease dabbed under her wig around her temples It was good to be circled by hands that smelled of pine cleaner and to be blotted by her coffee breath kisses Big Ma Come uick Big Ma didn t post herself up in the door frame immediatelyAll them starving children in Africa going to bed hungry You get inour bed and have a taste of hungry along with them What child hasn t heard the first part but the second sentence was new to me and tickled me soBig Ma used to tell me Scrub like a gal in a one cow town Huh Doesn t make sense but still is funny like my friend s granny s saying Makes my butt want to dip snuff That s right dear one Miss Trotter said And Vonetta rolled around in that dear one name like it was a pink rabbit fur jacket Ah ha haI highly recommend this book The rest of the series is on my to read list as well The story was fun and enjoyable like the previous books in the series However this book really brought to the front something that bothered me about the other books It has bothered me since One Crazy Summer how Delphine is expected to be a mother to her sisters Everyone expects it and she is punished for not doing it If her sisters misbehave Delphine is often the one who is held responsible for their behavior for not keeping them in line It comes to a head here when Vonetta understandably rebels against her control Delphine is 12 she hasn t had the time maturing or modelling necessary to be a good mother Why does it surprise anyone when she isn t a good mother She is 12 for Pete s sake At the end of the book she talks about people showing Mercy When "mercy when she t deserve it That just got to me It s the adults who should be ashamed for not being the adults to these children Delphine in my opinion is the most wronged of all the girls and no one ever acknowledges or validates her as a child Cecile tries to a bit in PS Be 11 but being Cecile she doesn t do in a clear way that Delphine can understand I want to give Delphine a big hug and tell her that none of it is her fault she should never have been put in the situation in the first place I love the Gaither sisters This time they ve gone down to Alabama for the summer and spend time with Big Ma Ma Charles her mother and Darnell who s cleaned upDelphine s been charged with looking out for her Wicked Affairs p 2 younger sisters and she takes it very seriously Vonetta and Delphine snipe almost constantly at each other as they settle in while Fern confounds her grandmothers with her preferences and opinions I was at times wincing at the opinions expressed by Big Ma with her internalized racism and her disgust with feminism while laughing out loud at the back and forth needling between Big Ma and her half sister There s something about these stories that I love and it includes the humour of which there is plenty in the series And while Rita Williams Garcia touches upon a number of societal and fairly heavy family issues they re presented from Delphine s now 13ear old perspective and don t overwhelm I think what I love the most in these books about the Gaither sisters is the love between the members of this family Delphine Vonetta and Fern might all repeatedly get on each others nerves but they are a tight and deeply loving group I kept wondering what these girls would be like in their 20s as I neared the end of this book Unless Rita Williams Garcia ever returns to this family I ll just have to content myself with this and the two previous books about these wonderful girls. N all over the rapidly changing nation and as they discover that the bonds of family and their own strength run deeper than they ever knew possible“The Gaither sisters are an irresistible trio Williams Garcia excels at conveying defining moments of American society from their point of view” Publishers Weekly starred reviewCoretta Scott King Award winner ALA Notable Book School Library Journal Best Book of the Year Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year Washington Post Best Books of the Year The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Book Three starred reviews CCBC Choice New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Best Book of the Ye.While there the girls learn a lot about their ancestry and the feud going on between Ma Charles and her half sister Miss Trotter The elderly sisters are storytellers which really appeals to Vonetta who ends up carrying bickering messages between the two front porches for nearly the entirety of her time down south When an act of nature sets the whole clan to worrying family ties from all across the nation end up at Big Ma sThough there are bound to be uestions as to whether this book can truly stand on its own considering the 2 previous books featuring this unforgettable trio of sisters this book takes a sharp right turn by focusing on the family history The author gives readers adeuate information about characters appearing in previous novels and previous altercations ie Uncle Darnell s theft of the girls hard earned money This is handled so expertly that I would argue the entire effect for a reader just meeting the Gaither sisters for the first time would come away with the feeling that if they wanted to know about the backstory in depth they could consult the previous books as opposed to it being necessary to have read these books to understand this bookThe author excels at her craft here Every opportunity to invoke the senses is taken The characterization is so fully realized that readers know who is talking without the aid of an identifier at the end of a line of dialogue just based on the way something is phrased or the details chosen to present The setting is so well described and richly imagined that I feel as though I could draw a fairly accurate map of the woods possibly even the state of AlabamaHighly recommended historical fiction read for grades 5 8 1960s Oakland California and its tumultuous social justice scene provided a scintillating backdrop for One Crazy Summer We were then spirited across the United States to Brooklyn New York for PS Be Eleven where people had a different attitude from the Black Panthers of California Another extreme cu Funny and very entertaining Three sisters traveling to Alabama for the summer from Brooklyn NY Being the oldest Delphine is in charge of her two Jane of Gowlands younger sisters Vonetta Fern The best way to learn aboutour family history is through The Piper in the Wind your family The story provided insight about the silky arguments that sometimes separate families forears It also includes information about Klansmen and the Black Panther party A book that can be enjoyed in any reading group I m a conceited enough children s librarian that I like it when a book wins me over I don t want them to make it easy for me When I sit down to read something I want to know that the author on the other side of the manuscript is scrabbling to get the reader s attention Granted that reader is supposed to be a 10 The Proposal year old kid and not a 37ear old woman but to a certain extent audience is audience Now I ll say right off the bat that under normal circumstances I don t tend "to read seuels and i certainly don t "read seuels and I CERTAINLY don t them There are too many books published in a current Prey year to keep circling back to the same authors over and over again There are however always exceptions to the rule And who amongst us can say that Rita Williams Garcia is anything but exceptional The Gaither Sisters chroniclesou could also call them the One Crazy Summer Books and I think ou d be in the clear have fast become modern day literary classics for kids Funny painful chock full of a veritable cornucopia of historical incidents and best of all they stick in our brain like honey to biscuits Read one of these books and Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth you can recall them forears at a time Now the bitter sweetness of Gone Crazy in Alabama gives us of what we want Vonetta Uncle Darnell Big Ma in a final epic bow Going to visit relatives can be a chore Going to visit warring relatives Now THAT is fun Sisters Delphine Vonetta and Fern have been to Oakland and Brooklyn but now they ve turned South to Alabama to visit their grandmother Big Ma their great grandmother Ma Charles and Ma Charles s half sister Miss Trotter Delphine as usual places
herself in charge of her ounger rebellious sisters not that they ever appreciate it As she learnsin charge of her ounger rebellious sisters not that they ever appreciate it As she learns her family s history and the reason the two half sisters loathe one another she ignores her own immediate family s needs until the moment when it almost becomes too late I m an oldest sister I have two Successful Employee Communications younger siblings Unlike Delphine I didn t have the responsibility of watching over my siblings for any extended amount of time As a result I didn t pay all that much attention to them growing up But like Delphine I would occasionally find myself trying to my mind anyway to keep them in line Where Rita Williams Garcia excels above all her peers and I do mean all of them is in the exchanges between these three girls If I had an infinite revenue stream I would solicit someone to adapt their conversations into a very short play for kids to perform somewhere actually I d just like to see ALL these books as plays for children but that s neither here nor there The dialogue sucksou in and Vikings in Wales An Archaeological uest you findourself getting emotionally involved Because Delphine is our narrator My Life with Princess Margaret you re getting everythin. Crazy Summer and PS Be Eleven will be enjoyed by fans of the first two books as well as by readers meeting these memorable sisters for the first timeReaders who enjoy Christopher Paul Curtis's The Watsons Go to Birmingham and Jacueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming will find much to love in this book Rita Williams Garcia's books about Delphine Vonetta and Fern can also be read alongside nonfiction explorations of American history such as Jason Reynolds's and Ibram X Kendi's booksEach humorous unforgettable story in this trilogy follows the sisters as they grow up during one of the most tumultuous eras in recent American history the 1960s Read the adventures of elevenear old Delphine and her ounger sisters Vonetta and Fern as they visit their ki. ,
History self awareness negotiated boundaries and family secrets are at the heart of Gone Crazy in Alabama the third and final book in Rita Williams Garcia s excellent Gaither Sisters seriesSisters Delphine Vonetta and Fern travel from Brooklyn to Alabama to spend their summer visiting their grandmother Big Ma and her mother Ma Charles In Alabama the cultural shock they face is only the beginning of their problems there is also the matter of meeting Uncle Darnell for the first time since he betrayed their trust the discovery that their family has feuds and long kept secrets and dealing with the evolving dynamics within their own groupMa Charles lives across the way from her half sister Miss Trotter but they don t talk to each other apart from hurling insults back and forth through a third party Middle sister Vonetta takes over that role with aplomb not only because of her propensity for theatrics but also because this allows her to have a degree of power within their family This is the core of the ever present conflict between the three sisters since Delphine is always in charge it s a role she has taken for herself but one that seems expected of her by the older members of their family It s a lot of pressure for a girl of thirteen and this is deftly explored in this novel in a way that nearly broke meThis is also a book that delves deep into storytelling and history The oungest sister Fern is developing her poetry skills following in her mother s footsteps In here Fern is Afua than Fern and God that moment when we learn where the name Fern comes from MY HEART Vonetta is all Vonetta though and as she carries back and forth the stories that Ma Charles and Miss Trotter tell she becomes increasingly confident those stories when they leave the older ladies mouths are rooted in southern tradition When Vonetta retells them she is all modern and theatrical More than that those stories concern their past the half truths about their bigamist father and the terrible conseuences of his actions But they are also entrenched in America s racial history and the kids come to learn their African American family is entwined with Native Americans and whites in truly hurtful waysThis leads to the most impacting scene for me in Gone Crazy in Alabama with Delphine s realisation of what being oppressed truly means One of the greatest things about this series is the balance between the deeply personal and the wider historical context of American society in the late 60s The series takes place against the backdrop of the Civil Rights and Feminist movements and they are there at the forefront in books one and two In here the ounger kids become the voice of modernity having spent some time with the Black Panthers and living in Brooklyn But their modernity and awareness is often in contrast with their traditional grandmother Big Ma Big Ma s internalised racism is uite probably one of the saddest things about this series Delphine and Big Ma are constantly butting heads throughout the novel Delphine calling out the ways that Big Ma oppresses her by telling her to iron sheets or take care of house duties Delphine is finding her voice and is insistent on experimenting with the boundaries of her freedom which his awesome and even funnyBut then one day the family subserviently and convivially welcome into their homes a White cousin the town s sheriff and a known member of the Klu Klux Klan They do so because they have no choice they do so at the "expense of their pride they do so because it would be dangerous otherwise "of their pride they do so because it would be dangerous otherwise Delphine is completely horrified and finally understandsThere is a lot to digest here and once again Rita Williams Garcia awes me with the complexity of her writing There is layer upon layer to discover in this series It s hard to say goodbye to these beloved characters but it s even harder to say goodbye to the way Rita Williams Garcia infuses their story with depth and heart I have fallen in love with Delphine Vonetta and Fern the Gaither Sisters I was late discovering this series for Middle "Grades with great historical lessonsIt started with One Crazy Summer with the sisters visiting their "with great historical lessonsIt started with One Crazy Summer with the sisters visiting their mother in Oakland CA Then the aftermath and return home to Brooklyn in PS Be ElevenThe latest installment is Gone Crazy in Alabama when Pa sends the girls Down South to meet the relatives on the farm I so much enjoyed the voices of the girls as they complete each others explanations in an almost poetic harmony They remind me so much of my middle sister my niece and meI was so charmed that everytime I opened the book at the next chapter I couldn t hold back the smile on my face Their adventures learning the family history helping gather the fresh eggs and help milk the cow reminded me of days in Forsythe Georgia so long agoI was happy just reminiscing until something went terribly wrong when I found myself in the middle of the night with an unexpected page turner No spoilers here You have to read it for ourselfRita Williams Garcia is a winner Absolutely excellent The Gaither sisters head down south to spend some time with their relatives in Alabama Big Ma and her mother Ma Charles. The Coretta Scott King Award–winning Gone Crazy in Alabama by Newbery Honor and New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetimeDelphine 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 ears 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 possiblePowerful and humorous this companion to the award winning One.