Some Historical Fiction

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Ages 10 and up

Delphine, and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern, visit their estranged mother in Oakland, California during the summer of ’68.  When Delphine and her sisters go to a summer camp, run by the Black Panther Party, their eyes are opened to new ways of thinking about things:  some scary, some reasonable.  Through all of this, Delphine and her sisters also struggle to come to terms with their mother, her nonchalance about their existence, and who they are regardless.

My Rating: 4 stars

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Ages 10 and up

Moose and his family have just moved to Alcatraz Island, where his dad will be working as a guard.  Set in the 1930s, Moose is worried about the prisoners on the island, including Al Capone.  Moose meets Piper, the outgoing, overbearing, and very cute daughter of the warden. Piper is very talented at breaking the rules, while she has her dad convinced that she is blameless.  Moose has to deal with Piper,  his own sister who is autistic, a dad who is so busy keeping the Island safe that he isn’t around to keep his own family safe.

My Rating: 5 stars