Author: Patricia C. McKissack (a.k.a.: Pat McKissack)

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Book:The Dark-Thirty

The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural

Patricia C. McKissack

The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural is a collection of ten spine-tingling tales, all with a foundation in African-American culture and history, from the time of slavery through the civil rights era.

Book:Goin' Someplace Special

Goin' Someplace Special

Patricia C. McKissack, Jerry Pinkney

There's a place in this 1950s southern town where all are welcome, no matter what their skin color...and 'Tricia Ann knows exactly how to get there. To her, it's someplace special and she's bursting to go by herself.

When her grandmother sees that she's ready to take such a big step, 'Tricia Ann hurries to catch the bus heading downtown. But unlike the white passengers, she must sit in the back behind the Jim Crow sign and wonder why life's so unfair.

Still, for each hurtful sign seen and painful comment heard, there's a friend around the corner reminding 'Tricia Ann that she's not alone. And even her grandmother's words - "You are somedbody, a human being - no better, no worse than anybody else in this world" - echo in her head, lifting her spirits and pushing her forward.

Patricia C. McKissack's poignant story of growing up in the segregated South and Jerry Pinkney's rich, detailed watercolors lead readers to the doorway of freedom.

Book:Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters

Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters

Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick McKissack

The year is 1859, and it's Christmastime on a Virginia Plantation. The slaves are cleaning and setting up the Big House - where their masters live - for the festivities. The Big House is filled with warmth, colorful decorations, and yummy food... but there is talk of war and a sense that times may be changing. In the quarters - where the slaves live - conditions are poor, dirty, and cold, but the slaves are filled with hope for better times ahead, and they sing songs of freedom.

Moving deftly between two worlds, this beautifully illustrated book is a historical tale as well as a holiday treat.

Book:Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth: Ain't I A Woman?

Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick McKissack

In 1797, a slave named Isabella was born in New York. After being freed in 1827, she chose the name by which she has been remembered long after her death—Sojourner Truth.

Truth was a preacher, an abolitionist, an activist for the rights of both blacks and women. Although she couldn’t read, she could quote the Bible word for word, and was a powerful speaker. An imposing six feet tall, with a profound faith in God’s love and a deep rich voice, she stirred audiences around the country until her death in 1883.

Book:A Long Hard Journey

A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter

Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick McKissack

A chronicle of the first black-controlled union, made up of Pullman porters, who after years of unfair labor practices staged a battle against a corporate giant resulting in a "David and Goliath" ending.

Book:Mirandy and Brother Wind

Mirandy and Brother Wind

Patricia C. McKissack, Jerry Pinkney

Mirandy is sure she'll win the cake walk if she can catch Brother Wind for her partner, but he eludes all the tricks her friends advise. This gets a high score for plot, pace, and characterization. Mirandy sparkles with energy and determination. Multi-hued watercolors fill the pages with patterned ferment. A treat to pass on to new generations.

Book:Never Forgotten

Never Forgotten

Patricia C. McKissack, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

This gorgeous picture book by Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack and two-time Caldecott Medal-winning husband-and-wife team Leo and Diane Dillon is sure to become a treasured keepsake for African American families. Set in West Africa, here is a lyrical story-in-verse about a young black boy who is kidnapped and sold into slavery, which will remind children that their slave ancestors should never be forgotten, and that family is more important than anything else.

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