In One Crazy Summer eleven year-old Delphine has been taking care of her younger sisters since her mother, Cecile, abandoned them seven years ago. When her father sends the girls to spend the summer with Cecile in California, they are hoping for trips to Disneyland and a chance to get to know their mother. At first, Cecile is too busy writing poetry to spend time with her daughters. Then Cecile is arrested, and Delphine learns some surprising information that changes the way she thinks about her mother.
Although I enjoyed getting to know Delphine, the plot of the book moved rather slowly. I would mainly recommend this title to die-hard historical fiction fans who are interested in learning more about the Civil Rights Movement.
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head