EBOOK READ Gone Crazy in Alabama Gaither Sisters #3 Author Rita Williams–Garcia
A family so fragile it can be obliterated in a few tragic seconds with no do over If a second chance emerges from out of mourning will we learn from the past and snatch it before the offer is rescinded Delphine Vonetta and Fern have much to learn about family love prejudice and justice on their march toward adolescence and no member of their inner circle is close to being a perfect example But it starts with a family who will do and sacrifice anything for one another and they no doubt have that If ou prayed for the miracle The Lego Architect you d sellour most treasured possession for A Grammar of Kham you don t care about anything else but waiting on that miracle Gone Crazy in Alabama P 251 The story isn t as cohesive as PS Be Eleven nor is the wisdom as winsome but Gone Crazy in Alabama has its sparkling moments The Gaither sisters have deep wounds inside they need to heal such as their mother Cecile and others walking out on them We see the hurt in Delphine s recurring dream I ve been dreamingrunning to the door to keep it from closing hardto keep footsteps from walking outwalking awayawayBut as long as my legs are I never get to the front door fast enough As strong as my arms are I can t keep Cecile from leaving Uncle Darnell from leaving Big Ma from leaving Or Mrs when she s madI can t stop the dreams I can t stop seeing the opened door and the footsteps How canou feel secure when the ones L Amour Fou de Dieu you love might leave and never return becauseou aggravate them or De brevitate vitae you re not enough to make them want to stay Delphine Vonetta and Fern know the pain of goodbye when it truly means gone And slavery in the US may have been abolished a hundredears earlier but there s danger for Signaler un problème young blacks who lack caution The Ku Klux Klan is past its heyday even in Alabama but men in white sheets still ride and some foes are less easily recognizable There s Klan everywhere a close family member warns Delphine You just have to see them Whenou re vulnerable to injustice because of who Un monstre dans les céréales you are enemies don t always announce their presence but they re watching Avoid giving them an excuse to persecuteou and Nam you ll survive to makeour case for euality Something tells me Delphine and her sisters could do a lot to enlighten the world through their childhood experiences Gone Crazy in Alabama has in common with One Crazy Summer than with PS Be Eleven To me the middle novel is by far the best and the other two are roughly eual The GaitherCharlesTrotter family tree is convoluted and challenging to follow but the people we meet from it are warm real and all have their place in the story I m not as big a Rita Williams Garcia fan as some but I respect her writing and plan on reading I might give Gone Crazy in Alabama two and a half stars and I recommend it to those who loved One Crazy Summer I wish the Gaither sisters my best and the same for the author who brought them to life These books have helped open eyes and minds and for that they deserve to be honored 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 Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination year old kid and not a 37ear old woman but to a certain extent audience is audience Now I ll say r 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 wayward 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 The story was fun and enjoyable like the previous books in the series winner The story was fun and enjoyable like the previous books in the series 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 maturing or modelling 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 her mercy when she didn 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 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 ounger sisters Vonetta Fern The best way to learn about Chasing McCree Chasing McCree your family history is throughour family The story provided insight about the silky arguments that sometimes separate families for ears It also includes information about Klansmen and the Black Panther party A book that can be enjoyed in any reading grou. 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. ,
N 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 and 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 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 oung 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 in our 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 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 culture shift takes place in Gone Crazy in Alabama as sisters Delphine Vonetta and Fern travel by themselves for an extended stay with Big Ma their paternal grandmother and her mother Ma Charles in small town Alabama If Brooklyn was hesitant to embrace the Black Panther philosophy of racial outspokenness Alabama is miles behind Brooklyn and Delphine s father makes sure his three girls know this prior to their trip Social rhetoric that would be praised in Oakland and accepted without comment in Brooklyn could be downright dangerous in the Deep South and Papa doesn t want his daughters shipped back to New York In Coffins Because They Couldn T Control Their Smart in coffins because they couldn t control their smart It s Delphine s responsibility to keep them out of trouble and she takes it seriously This summer is certain to be an illuminating adventure You don t know something bothers ou until Wachten op Apollo you no longer have to do it Suddenlyou re both angry and glad Angry Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law (American Psychology-Law Society Series) you did it for all thoseears and glad Callisthnie - La musculation globale you ll never do it again Gone Crazy in Alabama P 33 On the family farm in Alabama Ma Charles is as authoritative a figure as Big Ma was in Brooklyn A spry almost sassy eighty twoears of age she welcomes her great granddaughters affectionately but lets them know how things are going to be soon after they arrive Miss Trotter Ma Charles s sister is one of only two neighbors within shouting distance and she and Ma Charles have uarreled for And the Ass Saw the Angel years As Delphine and herounger sisters get to know their great aunt Miss Trotter and Ma Charles take turns telling them stories and tossing in barbs at each other for the girls to deliver
an insult war that is entertaining for Vonetta and Fern if nothing elseinsult war that is entertaining for Vonetta and Fern if nothing else wants the elderly sisters to reconcile but they seem content taking jabs at each other about their confusing family history The other close neighbor Mr Lucas is sweet on the widowed Big Ma but she wants nothing to do with him pointedly ignoring his overtures despite Ma Charles s exasperated protests The big city is its own brand of insane but Delphine has never seen crazy like social life down South Maybe sibling rivalry is contagious Delphine and Vonetta sure rub each other wrong as their stay in Alabama continues Vonetta picks on Fern and Delphine feels compelled to stand up for her Why We Want You to Be Rich youngest sister which triggers Vonetta s anger The sisters uncanny ability to always be on the same page is floundering but that could just be because they re getting older and forming individualized lives Delphine doesn t want her relationship with Vonetta to someday mirror Ma Charles s with Miss Trotter but it s hard to get along with Vonetta when she acts thorny as a porcupine The vacation veers into scary territory the afternoon of the worst storm in local memory when everything Delphine thought was hers forever is jeopardized in a nightmare parade of bad choices Is. 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. Gone Crazy in Alabama is an incredibly gripping story for what it is with wonderful descriptions of Alabama itself and creative characters Absolutely excellent The Gaither sisters head down south to spend some time with their relatives in Alabama Big Ma and her mother Ma Charles 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 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 ounger 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 13 ear 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 History self awareness negotiated boundaries and family secrets are
at the heart of Gone Crazy in Alabama the third and final bookthe heart of Gone Crazy in Alabama the third and final book 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 that Ma Charles and Miss Trotter tell she becomes increasingly confident those stories when they leave 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 The Coretta Scott King Award–winning Gone Crazy
In Alabama by Newbery Honor And NewAlabama by Newbery Honor and New 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.