Set in 1968, One Crazy Summer weaves together a complex and powerful narrative of three sisters who leave Brooklyn to spend the summer in California. Eleven-year-old Delphine and her two sisters learn about a mother they never knew, the "Black Power" movement and themselves in this coming-of-age story.
The story begins with 11-year-old Turtle being sent to live with unsuspecting relatives in Key West in 1935. Wise beyond her years and filled with pluck, Turtle finds her way through her treasure hunts and escapades while learning about the meaning of family, home and lost things being found.
When 12-year-old Abilene is sent to live with Pastor Shady Howard in the Depression-ridden town of Manifest, she begins to unravel the story of her own family and embarks on a summerlong “spy hunt.” With mysteries, murders, orphans, bootlegging and a mother in hiding, the feisty, likable and perceptive Abilene keeps the storyline moving and compelling.
In 1841, a freak storm washes Manjiro, a 14-year-old Japanese boy, and his fishing companions onto a tiny island far from home. When an American whaleboat captain rescues them and offers Manjiro the chance to return home with him, he accepts the offer. Discover how Manjiro, who was once destined to be no more than a humble fisherman, returns to Japan and becomes a samurai.
The author of Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems (2005), this former Caldecott honoree delivers poems that bring the wonders of nature to life. The compelling lives of animals in a nocturnal forest are captured in poetry and are enhanced by prose sections filled with engaging real-life facts.