Eleven-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern travel to Oakland to meet their mother, Cecile, who abandoned their family years earlier. But even when Cecile gets them to her house, she shows no interest and seems to view them as nothing but a nuisance.
Cecile’s cold, unloving attitude leaves the girls wishing for the mother-daughter connection they’ve never had. But Cecile acts remarkably different after she sees her daughters at the Black Panther rally, where they recite a poem Cecile herself had written. At that point, Cecile’s attitude toward her daughters begins a remarkable change.
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It's 1968 when preteen sisters Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern travel from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend their vacation with their estranged mother. Mom isn't exactly the nurturing kind, but in the midst of a sweltering summer, the girls get an education in black culture and community, rebellion versus conformity, and the importance of speaking truth to power. Actress Sisi Aisha Johnson beautifully captures the innocence and wisdom of 11-year-old narrator Delphine. She brings the girls’ journey to life, and author Rita Williams-Garcia's historically detailed setting can help parents bring younger kids into conversations about the experiences of African-American families then and now.