• Mon. May 27th, 2024

Discover Black History Month with Gone Crazy in Alabama AWARD WINNER


Discover Black History Month with
Gone Crazy in Alabama

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

Here’s another great reason to celebrate books during Black History Month:

Rita, I’m gonna win all the awards, Williams Freakin Garcia!  RWG does it again with her trilogy about the Gaither sisters. Gone Crazy in Alabama has won the Coretta Scott King Book Award which is an award

…given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

I love this book and even though it’s the last book in the series, I will have to go back and read the other two.  Life in the sixties, Black Panther movement, civil rights, family strife and cute but annoying sisters are a recipe for a great read for any middle-grade reader.

Check out the American Library Association’s website for more information about other books and awards. This title also qualifies for the 2016 Diversity Reading Challenge because of the African American female main character.  Have you read RWG other books? What did you think?