April 28, 2013

P.S. Be Eleven

cover image of P.S. Be Eleven
Rita Williams-Garcia

This sequel to the Newbery Honor-winning One Crazy Summer (2010) finds the three Gaither sisters at home in Brooklyn, eager to begin a new school year. Delphine narrates the changes in their lives: their father has a girlfirend, beloved Uncle Darnell returns home from Vietnam, and the Jackson Five is coming to town for a concert. Delphine's new connection with her mother shapes her understanding of their changing world. Mother's advice when she tries too hard: "Be eleven, and not a grown-up." A thoughtful, humorous, and heartfelt view of America in the 1960's. Ages 9-12