I just finished reading One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.
This book is about three children who leave their home in Brooklyn to visit their mother in Oakland. Their mother had abandoned them seven years earlier. The signs of a growing relationship are very subtle and slow. The mother does not wish to spend much time with them. She even sends her children off to a summer camp during the day. The camp is sponsored by the Black Panthers.
In the end, there is a sense of a beginning to a relationship between the mother and her children. Once I learned the secret behind the abandonment, Cecile, the mother, gained some sympathy.
It would be helpful for students to have some understanding of the time period (1968) and the basics about the Black Panthers (their belief in equality) for them to get the most out of this book. The book is humorous, heartbreaking, and heartwarming - all in one.
Have a great week!