#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge Day 28 – Favorite Cover

Day 28Favorite Cover  I had to put up this beautiful cover of the Middle Grade novel about the Gaither sisters from the series of that name.   I first read One Crazy Summer four years ago and  loved.  It’s the first novel in this trilogy and is followed by  P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama.  This is a great little series for children learning aboutimg_2567 African-American issues, history, and most of all with relatable characters.  I recommend this for children ages 8-12 years old.  How could anyone resist that cover?! The person behind the cover is an artist named Frank Morrison.  Click his name to find out more about him. Awesome stuff!

“Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters, who are about to learn what it’s like to be fish out of water as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime.

Delphine, 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 years. 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 possible.

Powerful and humorous, this companion to the award-winning One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven will be enjoyed by fans of the first two books as well as by readers meeting these memorable sisters for the first time.” (Gone Crazy in Alabama, inside cover)

My copy:  Gone Crazy in Alabama, hardcover 289 pages

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#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 3

Day 3 – Young Adult/Middle-Grade:


These two genres don’t usually attract me at all.  I just get a little bored reading them at times so I don’t set out to read them at all.  However, The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 is a book I missed.  It was published in 1995 so ahem!, so I was  older.  I was old enough not to have this one on my radar.  Photo challenges have this way of getting avid readers like me to dig deep.  I found this one on my shelves neglected.  It was originally given to me in a bag of used books that someone wanted to discard.  I love discarded books because I always seem to find treasures inside of them.  This book won a 1996 Newberry Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award.  Christopher Paul Curtis has written many other middle-grade/Young Adult awarded novels, like Bud, not Buddy, Elijah of Buxton, The Mighty Miss Malone, among others.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963  is “A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny’s 13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma’s church is blown up.” (description from iTunes Books)