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P.S. Be Eleven

By Rita Williams-Garcia

The Gaither sisters are at it again! A sequel to the Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, this Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel will find a home in the hearts of readers who loved Brown Girl Dreaming and As Brave as You.

After spending the summer in Oakland, California, with their mother and the Black Panthers, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern arrive home with a newfound streak of independence. That doesn't sit well with Big Ma, who doesn't like the way things are changing.

Neither does Delphine. Pa has a new girlfriend. Uncle Darnell comes home from Vietnam, but he's not the same. And her new sixth-grade teacher isn't the fun, stylish Miss Honeywell—it's Mr. Mwila, a stern exchange teacher from Zambia.

But the one thing that doesn't change during this turbulent year is the advice that Delphine receives from her mother, who reminds her not to grow up too fast. To be eleven while she can.


  • Grade level: 6
  • Interest Level: 3-7
  • Guided Reading Level: W


P.S. Be Eleven Discussion Guide

This teaching guide for Rita Williams-Garcia's P.S. Be Eleven includes discussion questions and classroom activities and is aligned with Common Core standards for grades 4 through 7. It addresses such areas as vocabulary, figurative language, plot and character analysis, and more. [PDF]

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780061938627
  • ISBN 10: 0061938629
  • ISBN 13: 9780061938627
  • Pages: 288
  • Trim Size: 5.50 x 8.25 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Family / Multigenerational
  • Juvenile Fiction / Girls & Women
  • Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Prejudice & Racism

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"This thoughtful story, told with humor and heart, rings with the rhythms and the dilemmas of the '60s through characters real enough to touch."

Horn Book (starred review)"Funny, wise, poignant, and thought-provoking, this will leave readers wanting more about Delphine and her sisters."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)"..the Gaither sisters are an irresistible trio. Williams-Garcia excels at conveying defining moments of American society from their point of view-this is historical fiction that's as full of heart as it is of heartbreak."

School Library Journal (starred review)"P.S. Be Eleven is a must-read for fans of the first book, but it can also stand alone as an engrossing novel that will leave readers pondering important issues of race, gender, and identity."

Monica Edinger, writing in The New York TimesPRAISE FOR ONE CRAZY SUMMER: "In One Crazy Summer Williams-Garcia presents a child's-eye view of the Black Panther movement within a powerful and affecting story of sisterhood and motherhood.

Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medal–winning author of A Single ShardPRAISE FOR ONE CRAZY SUMMER: "One Crazy Summer is a genuine rarity: a book that is both important in its contents and utterly engaging in its characters...with the tremendous bonus of being beautifully written."

School Library Journal (starred review)Praise for P.S. BE ELEVEN: "P.S. Be Eleven is a must-read for fans of the first book, but it can also stand alone as an engrossing novel that will leave readers pondering important issues of race, gender, and identity."

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)PRAISE FOR ONE CRAZY SUMMER: "Delphine is the pitch-perfect older sister, wise beyond her years, an expert at handling her siblings...while the girls are caught up in the difficulties of adults, their resilience is celebrated and energetically told with writing that snaps off the page"

Booklist (starred review)PRAISE FOR ONE CRAZY SUMMER: "Regimented, responsible, strong-willed Delphine narrates in an unforgettable voice, but each of the sisters emerges as a distinct, memorable character, whose hard-won, tenuous connections with their mother build to an aching, triumphant conclusion."

Horn Book (starred review)PRAISE FOR ONE CRAZY SUMMER: "The setting and time period are as vividly realized as the characters, and readers will want to know more about Delphine and her sisters after they return to Brooklyn..."

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