Like Sisters on the Homefront

Like Sisters on the Homefront

by Rita Williams-Garcia

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When Gayle gets into trouble with her boyfriend, her mother sends the street-smart 14-year-old-and her baby, José-down to Georgia, to live with Uncle Luther and his family. There's nothing to do, nowhere to go, and no one around except kneesock-wearing, Jesus-praising cousin Cookie. Then Gayle meets Great, the family matriarch-and her stories of the past begin to change how Gayle sees her future. Williams-Garcia has surpassed herself..She has set these fictional characters. firmly in the real world while still allowing them to rise from the pages and into readers' hearts and imaginations. -The Horn Book, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140385618
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/01/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 603,706
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rita Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor-winning novel, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The sequel, P.S. Be Eleven, was also a Coretta Scott King Award winner and an ALA Notable Children's Book for Middle Readers. She is also the author of six distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book), and Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); Blue Tights; and Like Sisters on the Homefront, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, is on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program, and has two adult daughters, Stephanie and Michelle, and a son-in-law, Adam.

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Like Sisters on the Homefront 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
mrsdwilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gayle is a fourteen year old girl who lives in New York with her mother, her brother, and her baby boy. Gayle is tough and street smart, but ignorant about life outside of her neighborhood. When she gets pregnant a second time, her mother takes her to a clinic for an abortion and then ships her off to Georgia to live with her Uncle Luther (a preacher) and his family. Gayle, who thinks she already knows everything, might just discover that she has a few more lessons to learn about life and family.Excellent. Gayle's voice is fresh and strong.
PatriciaUttaro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gayle is 14 and pregnant with baby #2. Mama Ruth Bell is not about to sit still for this newest mistake, so she marches Gayle down to the neighborhood clinic for an abortion. Afterwards, Gayle's rebelliousness kicks into high gear and Mama packs up Gayle and her baby - Jose/Emmanuel - and puts them on a plane "down souf" to their people. Gayle fumes all the way to Georgia - the indignity of having to leave her "girls" and her "man" PLUS suddenly having to take complete responsibility for her 7 month old son AND knowing that the people who will meet her at the airport really don't want her - all combine to put Gayle at the height of nasty when she finally meets her family. It doesn't take Gayle long to realize messin' with Uncle Luther is definitely NOT a smart thing to do, and it sure doesn't take her long to size up her girlish cousin Constance, also known as "Cookie." Life looks like it will be chores, church, and more chores until Gayle meets her Great Grandmother Abigail, known to the family as "Great." Great begins to change Gayle with her stories of family and times before; Gayle's presence also has an effect on Great, who finds her tart tongue and manages to persuade Gayle to fix up a batch of the family "recipe" to help ease her way to paradise. Gayle slowly comes to realize that she shares a rich history with her mother, cousin and Great, and that she and her son have much to contribute to the family and the world. Gayle's struggle to accept herself and find her place is one we all can relate to, and Williams-Garcia tells it beautifully. This is a book to be read and cherished. Although peppered with raw language, Sisters on the Homefront is a lovely book that emphasizes the importance of family, history and faith. Gayle's changing relationships drive the story and it is satisfying to see her "saved" not by her uptight, unhappy, Bible-thumping Uncle (who really isn't all that bad!) but by her "recipe" drinking, healer-grandmother. The idea that we are all part of a continuous story and that we as individuals have a lot to offer is one that many young women like Gayle need to hear. This is a book you will not soon forget. Read it and weep
soxxexquisite More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very moving and touching. The life Gayle had was not easy by any means but she did what she had to. She grew to love her family when she wasn't expecting that at all. From the overall book I think she grown up alot by the end of the book. I couldn't put it down once I started and the ending was good as well. Everyone should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was a really good talks about abortions and things of that also talks about teen kids making kids and keepin them.the girl gayle is 14 with a baby boy and her mom sent her to stay with her uncle luther.i like it but it dont really have the information im looking for in a book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last year in seventh grade, I picked up this book and I just couldn't lay it down. Everything about the book is solid and real. I like the true to life main character who tells it how she feels. This book is a favortie of mines and I reccomend it to anyone who likes a good book too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book like sisters on the homefront was one of the best books that I have ever read. I would truly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an Afriacn American story.This book only took me a day to read because it is so interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book it very good for teenager and Gayle relized what she did before and at the end of the story she change herself.Teenager please read this book you will learn alot for your future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Something the book is about is a pregnant girl who already has a baby and now she is having another one at the age of 14.Her mother starts to get tired of her and she sends them to her Uncle's house to stay and now Gayle sees the hard way life can be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I was not going to read this book but when I started the first sentence I knew I would never be able to put it down. I know it by heart. 'The first time Gayle slammed the bathroom door, her mother let it go.' dosen't it make you want to keep on going
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I thought it was funny and kool. The character Gayle is a real fast talking girl who lives a fast live but i couldnt denie not liking her. She was not the usual goody 14 year old girls that you read on books. She was realistic as it comes. A slap in the face that says all things arent always picture perfect but you make best with what you got. The author in this book did an excellent job and i cant wait to read more of her stuff!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding! I read this book when I was 14 and was very shocked! I thought twice about having children! Wonderful book! I recommend this for teenagers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book sisters on the homefront is truly a good read it teaches all young girls who want to live the fast life and think that nothing can happen to them to think again because before you know it you can make a mistake that you will not be able to change.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great i loved it, i even gave it to my friend and now others wanna read it to. I justed loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Sisters on the Homefront is full hilarious scenes but also at the same time twisting in good and bad morals and dicesions. All the action startes in the Bronx, New York where the main character, Gayle has a baby with her boyfriend Jose. Her mom said that she would let this go, but the next time, she wont be so easy. Gayle, being a little dumb, has another kid. Her mom has had enough and decides to take her to the Abortion Clinic. After Gayle has an abortion, she is sent down "souf" to live with her knee sock, jesus praising cousin, Cookie and the rest of her family. I think the book is hilarious and makes you think at times if you want that to happen to you. It is a good story about how a girl that had seen nothing outside of New York City, begins to open up her eyes to the big picture. She begins to turn Cookie into a HomeGirl and at the same time, have Gayle open up and see that it is not good to have a kid every six months. I wish there were a sequal, I think that would be a good addition to the book. I recomend this book to anyone who wants action, teen age humor and just a plain good time reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was reading this book for the second time and it disappeared. Two weeks later, everyone in my homeroom had read it. SO had one of the guys in the class' sister. It's sort of tattered now, but if it got that many people to read it, it has to be good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This an excellent book for young girls to read who are having sex and don't think that anything can happen to them. This a real life story that hits home and helps me understand that evryone has hurdles in life to jump. Willams-Garcia does a good job with bringing the aspects and beliefs of the Bible to this story. When Gayle is sent down south to her family she really learns a lesson that has chamged her outlook on life and helps her get on the right path. I would introduce this book to someone who thinks that their life is awful because this book helps to see that things could be worse, but also that good things come out of struggles if you will listen to our elders just as Gayle did. As much as she was angry with her Auntie,Uncle and cousin she became to love them in a way that has shown she has grown in life. Living with them she has learned from each of them that she has never learned before from her own family. They introduce her to the church and teaches how important manners are. Also, she has learned a differnt approach from her Great that has helped her deal with past issues. She has truly benefited from being forced to live with her Auntie, Uncle and cousin.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I could relate to Gayle in the book with her teenage feeling and troubles. It was interesting to see how she progressed after she moved to her relatives house.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly a treasure. The bonds that Gayle devolops with her family are very touching and true to the experiences of many teens. I love how Gayle slowly realizes the history and of her family and the importance it has on her own life. Mrs. Williams- Garcia did a wonderful job with this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tell you that there is not another book like this one. This book is one of a kind. All young girls who are having sex should read this book. It opens the eyes of all girls I know it opened mine. Now I think twice about having sex. I know no girl would like to be kicked out of your home and having to move somewhere where the neighbors house is like a mile away. Where is your freedom. I would want to go some place that I can get my act together and praise the lord. So I want be going to hell. But the book was like so good this totaly one of a kind no one or nothing can match this. this book just reaches the soul of young girls every where. Makes you think twice about some of the choices you make in life I would like to thank Mrs. Rita Williams for wtitting such an awsome book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I relly enjoy this book it relly put's me in the eye's on some of these young children have'n baby's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I never wanted to put it down. I am now 14 and I read the book when I was 12 and still remember it. I think everyone should read it. It shows the struggle to be forced to grow up. When unexpected events happpen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thoght that this book was very inspiring and moving and inspiring...should remind us all that we can get a second chance and help others get theirs too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is and inspiring book, for all young teenagers from 13-18. It really is the best book for young adults as well. I think there should be a movie. I found this book, very very interesting and you should try it too.