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Books with author Patricia C. McKissack

  • Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues

    Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick McKissack, Pat McKissack

    Paperback (Scholastic Paperbacks, Sept. 1, 1998)
    Traces the history of the Negro leagues that evolved due to segregation in professional baseball up to the 1950s
  • Ma Dear's Aprons

    Patricia C. McKissack, Floyd Cooper

    Hardcover (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, April 1, 1997)
    Follows the story of a poor son and mother before the days of cars, televisions, and washing machines, describing how young David Earl helps his mother wash the clothing of rich people, sell pies, and run errands.
  • Black Hands, White Sails

    Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick McKissack

    Hardcover (Scholastic Press, Oct. 1, 1999)
    Details the amazing courage and bravery of the black sailors who, desperate to escape slavery, became whalers on the dangerous high seas, as well as Frederick Douglass, Paul Cuffe, and other significant figures in the whaling industry and abolitionist movement.
  • Who Will Bell the Cat?

    Patricia C. McKissack, Christopher Cyr

    Hardcover (Holiday House, March 20, 2018)
    A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year! A Chicago Tribune Best Children's Book of the Year! Weak, sick, and hungry, a tabby cat seeks shelter in an old barn, where the mice take pity on her and make her a warm, cozy bed in the straw. . . But as soon as she feels better, Marmalade the cat begins doing what cats do: chasing the mice! When Smart Mouse stumbles across an old bell, the mice hatch a plan to make sure Marmalade can never sneak up on them again... but who will be able to get the collar onto the cat? Retold by a master storyteller, this well-known fable is brought to life by bold, luminous illustrations of gentle mice, cozy barn corners, and of course, the magnificent feline rage of Marmalade on the hunt. A perfect read-aloud for winter days.
  • Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II

    Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick L. McKissack

    Hardcover (Walker Childrens, Jan. 1, 1996)
    A history of African American pilots with a focus on World War II.
  • Cyborg

    Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick McKissack, John Patrick McKissack

    Hardcover (Scholastic Press, Feb. 1, 2011)
    The CLONE CODES sci-fi adventure trilogy continues with this second book that blends a futuristic society with pivotal moments in world history.In the next Clone Codes installment, Houston, a cyborg, tells his story. Set in the year 2130, The World Federation of Nations determines through laws and regulations that all enhanced persons with three or more synthetic body or organ replacements are classified as three-fifths of a human being. As such, Houston is considered less than human and must fight to overcome the rules of his strange universe. Drawing on parallels to slavery, terrorism, caste system oppression, and war, readers confront the troubling and complex moral questions probed throughout history.
  • Messy Bessey's Closet

    Patricia C. McKissack, Pat McKissack, Patricia McKissack, Dana Regan

    Paperback (Children's Press, March 15, 2002)
    A fun and engaging way for young children to figure out concepts and solving problems on his or her own.Rookie Readers (Ages 5-7) have provided entertaining, high-quality introductions to reading for more than a generation. Each title features full-color, often hilarious illustrations and engaging stories that always involve a young child figuring out concepts or solving problems on his or her own. Messy Bessey cleans up her room and gives away her old toys and things.
  • What Is Given from the Heart

    Patricia C. McKissack, April Harrison

    eBook (Schwartz & Wade, Jan. 8, 2019)
    CORETTA SCOTT KING – JOHN STEPTOE ILLUSTRATOR AWARD FOR NEW TALENT WINNERThis final, magnificent picture book from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack is a poignant and uplifting celebration of the joy of giving. "Misery loves company," Mama says to James Otis. It's been a rough couple of months for them, but Mama says as long as they have their health and strength, they're blessed. One Sunday before Valentine's Day, Reverend Dennis makes an announcement during the service-- the Temples have lost everything in a fire, and the church is collecting anything that might be useful to them. James thinks hard about what he can add to the Temple's "love box," but what does he have worth giving? With her extraordinary gift for storytelling, McKissack--with stunning illustrations by Harrison--delivers a touching, powerful tale of compassion and reminds us all that what is given from the heart, reaches the heart.
  • A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clottee, a Slave Girl

    Patricia C. McKissack

    Hardcover (Scholastic Trade, March 15, 1997)
  • Mary McLeod Bethune: Woman of Courage

    Patricia McKissack McKissack

    Library Binding (Enslow Elementary, Jan. 1, 2013)
    After having a book snatched from her little hand, Mary McLeod, the child of former slaves, resolved to learn to read. Many years later, with $1.50 in her pocket, Mary McLeod Bethune set out to make education a reality for other African Americans. The school she started in Florida is a legacy that continues her mission today. Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women and was appointed to the National Youth Administration by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This inspiring, readable biography shows the power of determination and a dream.
  • Ma Dear's Aprons

    Patricia C. McKissack, Floyd Cooper

    Paperback (Aladdin, Feb. 1, 2000)
    Little David Earl always knows what day of the week it is. He can tell by the clean, snappy-fresh apron Ma Dear is wearing -- a different color for every day. Monday means washing, with Ma Dear scrubbing at her tub in a blue apron. Tuesday is ironing, in a sunshine yellow apron that brightens Ma's spirits. And so it goes until Sunday, when Ma Dear doesn't have to wear an apron and they can set aside some special no-work time, just for themselves. In their first collaboration, Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack and award-winninng illustrator Floyd Cooper lovingly recreate a slice of turn-of-the-century Southern life as it was for a single African-American mother and her son.
  • Goin' Someplace Special

    Patricia C. McKissack, Jerry Pinkney

    eBook (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, March 18, 2014)
    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.