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Books with author Patricia C. McKissack

  • Slave Girl; The Diary of Clotee, Virginia, USA 1859

    Patricia C. McKissack

    Paperback (Gardners Books, Sept. 30, 2003)
    Day or two later Freedom is one of the first words I teached myself to write. Down in the Quarters people pray for freedom - they sing 'bout freedom, but to keep Mas' Henley from knowing' their true feelings, they call freedom 'heaven'. Everybody's mind is on freedom. But it is the word that aine never showed me no picture. While fannin' this afternoon, my eyes fell on 'freedom' in a book William was reading'. No wonder I don't see northing'. I been spelling' it FR-E-D-U-M. I put the right letters in my head to make sure I remembered their place. F-R-E-E-D-O-M. I just wrote it. Still no picture...
  • The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural

    Patricia McKissack, Brian Pinkney

    eBook (Yearling, Nov. 24, 2010)
    This Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award Winner from beloved author Patricia McKissack offers a “stellar collection” of “ten original stories, all with a foundation in African-American history or culture” (School Library Journal). In that special half-hour of twilight—the dark-thirty—there are stories to be told. Mesmerizing and breathtakingly original, these tales are inspired by African American history and range from the time of slavery to the civil rights era. With her extraordinary gift for suspense, Patricia C. McKissack has created a heart-stopping collection of lasting value, a book not quickly forgotten. An ALA Notable Children’s Book An NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies An IRA Teachers’ Choice
  • The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa

    Patricia McKissack, Fredrick McKissack

    eBook (Square Fish, March 1, 2016)
    For more than a thousand years, from A.D. 500 to 1700, the medieval kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay grew rich on the gold, salt, and slave trade that stretched across Africa. Scraping away hundreds of years of ignorance, prejudice, and mythology, award-winnnig authors Patricia and Fredrick McKissack reveal the glory of these forgotten empires while inviting us to share in the inspiring process of historical recovery that is taking place today.
  • Abby Takes a Stand

    Patricia McKissack, Gordon C. James

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Dec. 28, 2006)
    A historical chapter book series from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author, Patricia C. McKissack.Why has their grandmother bothered keeping a menu from a restaurant that closed years ago, a restaurant that never served very good food in the first place? Three cousins listen to Gee's own story, set in the early days of lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, a time when a black child could sit up front in a city bus but still could not get a milk shake at a downtown restaurant. Through the eyes of ten-year-old Abby, young readers see what it was like to live through those days, and they'll come to understand that, like a menu, freedom is about having choices. Each book in this series tells the story behind a different "scrap of time"; together they form a patchwork quilt of one black family's past that stretches back for generations."A perfect introduction to an extraordinary time when regular people, even ten-year-old girls, make a difference." --The Horn Book"The book gives readers a kid's-eye view of important happenings and reminds them that history is something that is in the making." --Booklist
  • Louis Armstrong: King of Jazz

    Patricia C McKissack, Fredrick McKissack

    Paperback (Enslow Elementary, Jan. 1, 2013)
    "Music has been in my blood from the day I was born," said Louis Armstrong. He rose from a troubled childhood and a life of poverty to set the music world on fire. Armstrong's lively trumpet playing, trademark "scat" singing, and natural talent for showmanship dazzled audiences for more than fifty years. In clear, crisp prose, the McKissacks place Armstrong in American musical history and show the impact his extraordinary talent made throughout the world.
  • Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and other Wily Characters

    Patricia McKissack, Andre Carrilho

    Hardcover (Schwartz & Wade, Aug. 22, 2006)
    Side-splittingly funny, spine-chillingly spooky, this companion to a Newbery Honor–winning anthology The Dark Thirty is filled with bad characters who know exactly how to charm. From the author's note that takes us back to McKissack's own childhood when she would listen to stories told on her front porch... to the captivating introductions to each tale, in which the storyteller introduces himself and sets the stage for what follows... to the ten entertaining tales themselves, here is a worthy successor to McKissack's The Dark Thirty. In "The Best Lie Ever Told," meet Dooley Hunter, a trickster who spins an enormous whopper at the State Liar's contest. In "Aunt Gran and the Outlaws," watch a little old lady slickster outsmart Frank and Jesse James. And in "Cake Norris Lives On," come face to face with a man some folks believe may have died up to twenty-seven different times!
  • Color Me Dark - Diary Of Nellie Lee Love, Great Migration North - Dear America Series

    Patricia C. Mckissack

    Hardcover (Scholastic Press, Jan. 1, 2000)
    Nellie Lee Love moves north with her fmaily to Chicago -- the land of opportunity -- hoping to escape the racism of the rural south. Mamma believes a new start will help Nellie Lee's sister Erma Jean, who stopped speaking after a mysterious but horrifying event only she witnessed. Though life in this northern city, is exciting, Nellie Lee sees that racism knows no boundaries. When a group of boys threaten Nellie Lee, Erma Jean finds her voice just in time to fend them off. Through the love of their family, both sisters learn that they possess the strenght to triumph.

    Patricia McKissack

    Hardcover (Random House Books for Young Readers, Feb. 22, 1989)
    A greedy hyena's mean tricks on Monkey-Monkey eventually backfire when his victim finds out how he is being deceived.
  • By Patricia C. McKissack - Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595

    Patricia C. McKissack

    Hardcover (Scholastic Inc., Aug. 2, 2000)
  • A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl

    Patricia C. McKissack

    Paperback (Scholastic Inc., Aug. 16, 1997)
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  • Goin' Someplace Special

    Patricia C. McKissack, Jerry Pinkney

    Paperback (Aladdin, Dec. 30, 2008)
    Through moving prose and beautiful watercolors, award-winning author-illustrator duo collaborate to tell the poignant tale of a spirited young girl who comes face to face with segregation in her southern town.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 somebody, a human being—no better, no worse than anybody else in this world”—echo in her head, lifting her spirits and pushing her forward.
  • Amistad: The Story of a Slave Ship

    Patricia McKissack, Sanna Stanley

    Paperback (Penguin Young Readers, Dec. 29, 2005)
    In Spanish, Amistad means friendship. It was also the name of a slave ship. In 1838, the Amistad took hundreds of kidnapped Africans on a long journey across the Atlantic, but the brave captives would not give up their freedom, taking over the ship so they could sail back to their homeland. Patricia C. McKissack, Caldecott and Newbery Honor Winner as well as a three-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, recounts an amazing chapter in American history for beginning readers.