Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are back in Brooklyn after their month in Oakland with their mother in this wonderful sequel to the award-wining ONE CRAZY SUMMER. Enlivened by activism, Delphine sees the world differently, and finds things at home changed. Pa has a new girlfriend, Big Mama seems more like a prison guard, and their uncle Darnell has come home from Vietnam a shadow of himself. Now 12 and in sixth grade, Delphine feels awkward being the tallest girl and her teacher isn't the one she was hoping for. Writing to her mother for advice doesn't seem to help, especially since she keeps telling Delphine to just "be eleven." But the possibility of attending a Jackson Five concert provides welcome distraction. This stunning piece of historical fiction is filled with spot-on period cultural references, and deeply enriched by powerful emotion and realistic scenarios.
Rita Williams-Garcia?s much-anticipated middle-grade novel P.S. Be Eleven is the sequel to her New York Times bestseller One Crazy Summer, a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award.
Eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl Delphine feels overwhelmed with worries and responsibilities. She?s just started sixth grade and is self-conscious about being the tallest girl in the class, and nervous about her first school dance. She?s supposed to be watching her sisters, but Fern and Vonetta are hard to control. Her uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam and seems different. And her pa has a girlfriend. At least Delphine can write to her mother in Oakland, California, for advice. But why does her mother tell her to ?be eleven? when Delphine is now twelve?
The historical novel, set in the 1960s, features vivid characters, insight into family relationships, and a strong sense of place.
Number of Pages: 274
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Family / Multigenerational, Social Issues / Prejudice + Racism, Girls + Women, Social Issues / Adolescence
Publisher: Amistad Pr
Street Date: January 27, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-34-3180