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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.
 

Awards: LA Times (2021)  see all

Genres: Children's Fiction
 
Series
One Crazy Summer
   1. One Crazy Summer (2010)
   2. P.S. Be Eleven (2013)
   3. Gone Crazy in Alabama (2015)
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Novels
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Collections
   Free? (2009) (with others)
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Books containing stories by Rita Williams-Garcia
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Black Enough (2019)
Stories of Being Young & Black in America
edited by
Ibi Zoboi

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Awards
2021 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Novel : A Sitting in St. James

Award nominations
2011 Newbery Medal (nominee) : One Crazy Summer


Rita Williams-Garcia recommends
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Maizy Chen's Last Chance (2022)
Lisa Yee
"I love this book. This is a big story and brings up much-needed discussion about the importance of community, history, and truth."
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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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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."

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