Rita Williams-Garcia

Finalist, 2017 National Book Awards
Finalist, 2009 National Book Awards
Finalist, 2010 National Book Awards

Rita Williams-Garcia is the author of the Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, whicRita Williams-Garcia, a Queens, New York native, is the celebrated author of novels for young adults and middle grade readers. Her most recent novel, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground won the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Literature for Young People and was a 2017 National Book Award Finalist.
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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia book cover
ISBN 9780062215918 Amistad / HarperCollinsPublishers

Armed with his grandfather’s brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him. More about this book >

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Jumped

ISBN 9780060760939 HarperTeen/HarperCollins

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One Crazy Summer

ISBN 9780060760885 Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

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Rita Williams-Garcia

Rita Williams-Garcia, a Queens, New York native, is the celebrated author of novels for young adults and middle grade readers. Her most recent novel, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground won the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Literature for Young People and was a 2017 National Book Award Finalist. Williams-Garcia is most known for her Coretta Scott King Author Award winning Gaither Sisters trilogy that begins with One Crazy Summer, recipient of the Newbery Honor and the Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction.  She is a three-time Coretta Scott King Author Award recipient and a three-time National Book Award Finalist.

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