I made it to Boston – and woke to an amazing winter wonderland. It’s still dumping!
Fortunately I brought a very special purple scarf with me. It’s soft and warm and beautiful… and, best of all, it was made by Rita Williams-Garcia.
The amazing author of One Crazy Summer that has been collecting awards… like crazy!
- National Book Award Finalist
- Scott O’Dell Award for historical fiction
- Coretta Scott King Award
- Newbery Honor Award
Rita was my advisor during my last semester at VCFA. She’s as warm and generous as she is brilliant.
I’m thrilled that her wonderful poignant novel is receiving such well-deserved attention. As in all of her books, Rita has sneaky way of sharing information and broadening your world-view all wrapped up in a good story. Her books always make me think. And feel. And change.
Rita doesn’t ever shy away from telling the truth. Even when the truth hurts or makes you squirm. Rita has explored body image issues, teen pregnancy and abortion, rape, girl on girl violence in schools, and even female genital mutilation. Because of these tough issues, I don’t know that her other books have hit the mainstream – but maybe they will now. Her books are raw and honest, but never gratuitous – her characters’ stories are what rule the details. They have potential to change the world. To help and heal.
Congratulations to Rita!
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK