One Book - Three Major Awards
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia won three major awards this year. It won the 2011 Scott O'Dell Award for best children's historical fiction title. It also won the 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award given by the American Library Association for best African-American author. The title was also named a 2011 Newbery Award honor book.
The crazy summer occurs in 1968 when three young girls are sent from their home in Brooklyn to Oakland, California to visit their mother. Their mother is a very reluctant parent who doesn't want to be bothered with child care. The girls spend their days at a community center run by The Black Panthers. This book places three young girls in the middle of that historically significant summer.