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Rita Williams Garcia

For more information on Rita Williams Garcia please visit Something about the Author. Vol. 251. Detroit: Gale, 2013. p 198-203

Rita Williams-GarciaOriginally from New York, Rita Williams-Garcia is an award winning author who studied at Hofstra University and Queens College. She is a member of the Author's Guild and of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her books tend to be for children ages 9-17, grades 3rd through 12th, and deal with hardships that children and young adults may go through in different situations.She also studied dance and enjoys playing games such as tetris and chess! She enjoyed playing outside with her siblings growing up, but considered herself a geek due to her love of words! Read more on Rita Williams-Garcia here!!

Images in this poster are from Rita Williams-Garcia's website, check it out !!

Like Sisters on the Homefront is a book about a young 14 year old girl named Gayle, who is getting into trouble. Her mother packs her and her baby up and send them to live with relatives. This is when Gayle's life begins to change!This book was written by Rita Williams-Garcia and published by the Penguin Group in February 1998. It has 176 pages and is written for high school age children.

Every Time A Rainbow Dies was written by Rita Williams-Garcia and published by Harper Collins Publishing Group on March 17, 2009. This book has 176 and is best for 8th-10th graders.This book is about a young man who moves to Brooklyn with his family. Here he witnesses death and rape and learns to cope. He gets help coping by an unexpected person, who needs just as much help as he does!

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Blue Tights was one of Rita Williams-Garcia's earlier books, published by Puffin Publishing Group in December of 1996. It has 144 pages and is intended for ages 12-17.This book is a great way to show that some people find comfort at places other than home. Where does young Joyce find comfort? You will have to read and find out!

One Crazy Summer was published in December of 2011, by the Amistad Publishing Group. This book is 240 pages long, allowing her younger readers to take a look at her amazing work! This book deals with the heartbreaking story of three young girls sent off to live with family members. These girls feel neglected, and are on the hunt for their mother. Will they find her? Will they see her again?

In Rita Williams-Garcia's book Jumped, a young girl named Trina accidently cuts off another young girl, Dominique. This does not sit well with Dominique. Jumped tells the tale of these two girls, along with an unexpected witness, in their journey about bullying. It was published in February 2009. Jumped was a 2009 finalist for the National Book Award. Having 169 pages, this book is a good read for high school students!Don't take my word for it, check out some reviews like teen ink and story snoops!

Looking for someone to help you with those SOL's about fiction? Character Compare & Contrasting? Rita Williams-Garcia can help with that! Her work is great for middle and high school!!They would be great to have your students do oral presentations to review what they read!For a 7th grade research project, the students can look up a book by Rita Williams-Garcia, and create an advertisement poster on the computer for the book. This would fit with the SOL for Research 7.9 Some 8th Grade English SOL's that work great with her novels are....8.2 The student will develop and deliver oral presentations in groups and individually.8.4 The student will apply knowledge of word origins, analogies, and figurative languageto extend vocabulary development within authentic texts.8.5 The student will read and analyze a variety of fictional texts, narrative nonfiction, andpoetry.

For an in class assignment, you can use the book "Jumped" and have students write about what could have happened. If one person had made a change, how could the story change. Have the students use one of the three main characters and rewrite the ending with that character's new actions. This would work with 9th grade SOL 9.6 !

Want to see Rita's thoughts? See what influenced her to write the books and why she choose the scenerios, and see what she recommends others to read? Read up on some of her interviews!Allison's BookbagThrough the TollboothShe even helps us out with frequently asked questions on her website.


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