One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

1968 was a watershed time in the Civil Rights movement and Delphine finds herself seeing it from two sides- her father's side advocates "knowing your place"- not rocking the boat, fitting in, assimilating. Her mother is a poet and activist with friends in the Black Panther movement. So, part of this book is about how African-Americans decided what their roles and beliefs about civil rights would be- do you follow Dr. King and peacefully change the system from within? Or, do you follow Malcom X, and start a revolution? 

But most of this book is about being a sister and a daughter. Delphine sounds like a real person, making real decisions and dealing with real feelings. 

If you read enough of my book reviews, those are the books I recommend the highest- characters that feel real!