P.S. Be Eleven

By Rita Williams-Garcia

Jun 14, 2013 | Reviewed by TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton

Genre: Historical fiction

Number of pages: 288

What’s the basic story line?

After spending the summer with her mother in California, Delphine flies back home to Brooklyn, New York, where she expects everything to be just the way it was before. However, she soon discovers many changes. For starters, Pa has a new wife. Then there’s the fact that Delphine is starting middle school. When she asks her mother for advice, Delphine never quite gets the answer she wants. Her mother keeps telling her to be 11. How can Delphine be 11 when she’s already 12? Set in the 1960s, this sequel to the Newbery Honor book One Crazy Summer continues where the first book left off and shows a new side of Delphine.

Are the characters believable?

The characters are very realistic. I especially liked Delphine and the way she evolved over the course of the story. Seeing her change from being shy, hard on herself, and overbearing with her siblings, to being confident, calm, and more open, made me believe that people can change. I think lots of kids will relate to this strong and complicated character.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?

I would rate P.S. Be Eleven an 8.5. There isn’t much action. Instead, the book focuses on interactions between family members. I enjoyed P.S. Be Eleven, and I think anyone who appreciates a thoughtful read will like it too.