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Rita Williams-Garcia

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Rita Williams-Garcia, author of Like Sisters on the Homefront, was born in Queens, New York. Because her father was in the military her family traveled to Seaside, California. Ms. Williams-Garcia says that she learned to read at the age of two and had read almost all of Dr. Seuss' and Bennett Serfs books by the time she started school. She dates her writing career from the age of four when she was making up rhymes and adventure stories about her sister, her brother, and herself.

Genres: Children's Fiction
Newbery Medal Best Novel nominee (2011) : One Crazy Summer

Rita Williams-Garcia recommends
Tell Us We're Home (2010)
Marina Budhos
"Provocative to the end."
The Other Half of My Heart (2010)
Sundee T Frazier
"One luminous pearl of a sister story."
Purple Daze (2011)
Sherry Shahan
"Shahan's PURPLE DAZE puts us on the front lines of funky times, from Los Angeles to Da-Nang. A far out, implosive, psychedelic trip that ends in indictment. This is spectacular."
A Trick of the Light (2013)
Lois Metzger
"Lois Metzger's deeply interior story sheds necessary light on an otherwise unspoken pain. A must-read."
45 Pounds (2013)
K A Barson
"Deliciously relatable, with a lot of laughter on the side."
Spirit's Key (2014)
Edith Cohn
"As COMPELLING as it is INVENTIVE, Edith Cohn's Spirit's Key dangles magical charms before the reading mind. SURELY A NEW CLASSIC."
The Distance to Home (2016)
Jenn Bishop
"Jenn Bishop rips the seams off this grand slammer of connections and revelations. At last, the sports story is back!."
Two Naomis (2016)
(Two Naomis, book 1)
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick
"Rhuday-Perkovich and Vernick hit all the right sister notes with hilarity and heart. Hopefully we have not heard the last of these two Naomis."
American Street (2017)
Ibi Zoboi
"Zoboi's nascent storytelling gifts ensnare from page one. To this spellbinding voice of the next generation, I bow."
To Catch a Killer (2017)
(Erin Blake, book 1)
Sheryl Scarborough
"Scarborough’s steely, vulnerable sleuth is at her bestwhen in dogged pursuit. A didn’t-see it-coming finish for forensics fans and converts."
Aftercare Instructions (2017)
Bonnie Pipkin
"Bonnie Pipkin presents more than a novel, but a confident and exciting writing career."
The Silver Moon of Summer (2017)
(Silver Sisters, book 3)
Leila Howland
"The Forget-Me-Not Summer brims with hilarity and sisterly hijinks."
A Stitch in Time (2018)
Daphne Kalmar
"Taxidermy? What better journey to uncover the true stuff of character! A classic, indelible debut."
Dactyl Hill Squad (2018)
(Dactyl Hill Squad, book 1)
Daniel José Older
"In this Tyrexcellent historical realignment -- fast paced, but deceptively packed with amazing detail -- Older's uprising of sheroes and heroes grips, stomps, and soars from start to finish."
All the Things We Never Knew (2020)
Liara Tamani
"Tamani masterfully bounces and slams two hearts up and down a shrouded court of first love and revelations. A hard-to-put-down backboard breaker."

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