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Rita Williams-Garcia

Rita Williams-Garcia

  • 5 stars across 14 books
Rita Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor-winning novel, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The sequel, P.S. Be Eleven, was also a Coretta Scott King Award winner and an ALA Notable Children's Book for Middle Readers. She is also the author of six distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book), and Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); Blue Tights; and Like Sisters on the Homefront, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, is on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program, and has two adult daughters, Stephanie and Michelle, and a son-in-law, Adam.
5th January 2012

One Crazy Summer: A Newbery Honor Award Winner

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who... MoreOne Crazy Summer: A Newbery Honor Award Winner

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21st May 2013

P.S. Be Eleven

In this Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel and sequel to the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book One Cr... MoreP.S. Be Eleven

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6th October 2016

Gone Crazy in Alabama

Coretta Scott King Award winner * ALA Notable Book * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Reviews Best ... MoreGone Crazy in Alabama

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20th August 2007

Catching the Wild Waiyuuzee

Avoiding her mother’s efforts to braid and bead her hair, a young girl imagines herself running away to a jungle.Racing ... MoreCatching the Wild Waiyuuzee

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15th June 2017

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

5 Starred Reviews! "This slim novel strikes a strong chord"-Publishers Weekly (starred review) "This complex tale of f... MoreClayton Byrd Goes Underground

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17th September 2020


Beloved author Rita Williams-Garcia intertwines the lives of three very different teens in this fast-paced, gritty narra... MoreJumped

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24th June 2021

No Laughter Here

In this groundbreaking novel, Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia uses her vividly realistic voice to h... MoreNo Laughter Here

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8th July 2021

A Sitting in St. James

Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award!7 starred reviews! "Monumental." —Booklist (starred review) * "A marathon mas... MoreA Sitting in St. James

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