Gone Crazy in Alabama
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
The sisters get to spend time learning about their family history from both Ma Charles and Ms. Trotter. They also spend time with cousin JimmyTrotter, who lost his whole family except Ms. Trotter in a horrible accident. Of course, Delphine, Vonetta and Fern don’t always get along and cause their own drama. A fight over milk ends up in tragedy and helps bring the sisters together with their entire family.
I really enjoyed this series. I love that each summer the sisters have spent in a different location learning different things. I really liked the family history that was revealed in this book. As the afterwards says, many Black families had white in their backgrounds and many also had Native American ancestors. I like that the girls were exposed to the racial prejudices of the South during the 1960s, which was totally different than what they were used to in Brooklyn and Oakland. My favorite part is always the sisters themselves though. As the oldest of three girls, I can definitely relate to Delphine and her attitude towards her sisters. You love them, but you don’t always like them and you for sure don’t always get along. Of course, that really only applies when you are young. Once you get older it doesn’t really matter as much.