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Toon Review: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

One Crazy Summer
By Rita Williams-Garcia
Amistad (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 9780060760892
Grades 4-7
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Review copy from library.

Also reviewed by Kids Lit, A Chair, A Fireplace, A Tea Cozy, Educating Alice (in the New York Times), A Fuse #8 Production.

Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Jeez, Travis, I have been trying SO HARD to synopsize this book in a way that doesn’t make it sound dire and sad – abandonment by mother! Black Panthers! “Reverse coming-of-age book” – that’s good, but I’m still working on a way to sell it to kids.

  2. Gah! Your Toon reviews are INCREDIBLE! I’ve just added “Get reviewed in comic form” to my list of goals for our new book.


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