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Rita Williams-Garcia

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Rita Williams-Garcia

Rita Williams-Garcia was was born to write stories. When she is not working, she is daydreaming or plotting out her next story. Her middle-grade novel ONE CRAZY SUMMER was a New York Times bestseller, Newbery Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. The recently published sequel, P.S. BE ELEVEN, won the 2014 ALA Coretta Scott King Author Book Award.

Rita Williams-Garcia

Books by Rita Williams-Garcia

by Elissa Brent Weissman, Kwame Alexander, Tom Angleberger, Kathi Appelt, Ashley Bryan, Tim Federle, Candace Fleming, Marla Frazee, Chris Gall, Alex Gino, Chris Grabenstein, Gordon Korman, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Thanhha Lai, Peter Lerangis, Gail Carson Levine, Grace Lin, Yuyi Morales, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, R. J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park, Dan Santat, Brian Selznick, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Rita Williams-Garcia - Careers, Children's 8-12, Nonfiction
From award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators ---revealing young talent, the storytellers they would one day become, and the creativity they inspire today. Everyone’s story begins somewhere…
Written by Rita Williams-Garcia with illustrations by Frank Morrison - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Prejudice , Racism
Clayton feels most alive when he’s with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen --- he can’t wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton’s mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that’s no way to live. Armed with his grandfather’s brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. 
by Rita Williams-Garcia - Children's, Picture

In BOTTLE CAP BOYS DANCING ON ROYAL STREET, award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia introduces two bottle cap dancers, brothers Randy and Rudy. Through rich and upbeat rhyme, Williams-Garcia gives voice to the dancing and the youngsters who keep this unique New Orleans tradition alive. Damian Ward's exuberant illustrations are perfect complements to Williams Garcia's perfectly pitched poetry.

by Rita Williams-Garcia - Family Life, Fiction


Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother 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.

by Rita Williams-Garcia - African American Interest, Culture, Historical Fiction, Youth Fiction

Eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl Delphine feels overwhelmed. 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. At least Delphine can write to her mother for advice. But why does her mother tell her to “be eleven” when Delphine is now twelve?