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"Gone Crazy in Alabama" is the third book in the series that follows sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern. In the first book, "One Crazy Summer," the girls travel to Oakland in the late 1960s to visit the mother who abandoned them when they were little. "P.S. Be Eleven" finds the girls back in Brooklyn adjusting to their father’s new wife and their uncle’s return from Vietnam. "Gone Crazy in Alabama" has the girls visiting their grandmother and great-grandmother in Alabama. All three books weave historical moments throughout the plot, but the plot is not dependent on any one event like another one of my favorite books, "The Watsons go to Birmingham: 1963. " The girls interact with the Black Panthers in Oakland, fall in love with the Jackson 5 in Brooklyn, and watch the Apollo 11 moon launch on their grandmother’s TV. The historical elements provide flavor and context and add a richness to the story that is very endearing. Delphine, the oldest sister, is the primary protagonist. While the books don’t necessarily have to be read in order, it helps, if for no other reason than to see how Delphine has grown, how she treats her sisters and how her complicated relationship with her mother progresses. Delphine’s mother, Cecile, in this, the third book, continues to be one of the most interesting characters I have found in a middle grade novel. Both passionate and aloof, sane and insane, her relationship with her daughters is fascinatingly complex. "Gone Crazy in Alabama" is probably my least favorite of the series, though it is saved in part by the final third of the book which involves a crisis that, unlike a 30 minute sitcom, is not solved immediately. I can only hope that Rita Williams-Garcia has more stories for us with Delphine, Vonetta and Fern. Check it out!
From School Library Journal Gr 4–6—In this final volume in the trilogy that began with the acclaimed One Crazy Summer (2010), and continued with P.S. Be Eleven (2013, both HarperCollins), sisters Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern Gaither have been sent for the summer from Brooklyn to rural Alabama to reunite with their grandmother, Big Ma; their great-grandmother, Ma Charles; and their Uncle Darnell, a Vietnam vet recovering from drug addiction. Caught in the middle of a family feud between Ma Charles and her half-sister, Miss Trotter, the girls grapple with mixed feelings and new revelations about their family and its history. Narrator Delphine, 12, is charged with keeping her sisters in line and keeping the peace amidst their constant bickering, as well as readjusting to Big Ma’s discipline. When Vonetta disappears during a tornado, Delphine must confront her guilt and resentment as well as face her mother, Cecile, who has traveled from California in concern for her missing daughter. Much of the narrative includes backstory from the previous titles, which is important for context, though new readers will want to read the previous books to fully appreciate this novel. This final installment is rich in atmosphere and clearly conveys the sisters’ distinct personalities, their loyalty to one another, and their special place in their complex family. An author’s note elucidates the connection between Native and African Americans, and a family tree details the Gaither girls’ roots. VERDICT A must-have conclusion to this beloved middle grade series.—Marie Orlando, formerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY –This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.
Gone Crazy in Alabama Paperback – September 6, 2016 by Rita Williams-Garcia (Author) Review
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 lessons. It started with "One Crazy Summer," with the sisters visiting their wayward mother in Oakland, CA. Then the aftermath and return home to Brooklyn in "P.S. Be Eleven. "The 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 me. I 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 ago. I 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 yourself. Rita Williams-Garcia is a winner. -Read Reviews-
GRADE: A-Delphine and her younger sisters are in Alabama for the summer visiting their grandmother and great-grandmother where they experience multigenerational sibling rivalry, the KKK, family secrets and a tragedy in this last book in the trilogy. Rita Williams-Garcia series about Delphine Gaither and her sisters is the Little House on the Prairie for the twentieth century. Williams-Garcia has given Delphine a smart, insightful voice and equally compelling personality. Younger sisters Vonetta and Fern, and all the minor characters are multidimensional and complex. Williams-Garcia crafted a story with subplots as interesting and rich as the history they describe. While GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA drags a bit in the middle, for the most part my interest didn’t waiver. Both children and adults should start with ONE CRAZY SUMMER, then read PS BE ELEVEN and finish the series with GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA. Then cross your fingers and hope Williams-Garcia decides to continue the series.
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