P.S. Be Eleven: Book summary and reviews of P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

P.S. Be Eleven

By Rita Williams-Garcia

P.S. Be Eleven
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  • Published in USA  May 2013,
    288 pages.
    Age range: Children


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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.

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"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. Ages 9-14." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. Funny, wise, poignant, and thought-provoking, this will leave readers wanting more about Delphine and her sisters." - Horn Book

"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." - Publishers Weekly

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Rita Williams-Garcia is the author of the Newbery Honor–winning novel One Crazy Summer, which was also a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of six distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book), and Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); Blue Tights; and Like Sisters on the Homefront, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, is on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program, and has two adult daughters, Stephanie and Michelle, and a son-in-law, Adam.

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