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Goin' Someplace Special [Hardcover]

By Patricia C. McKissack (Author) & Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
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Item description for Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack & Jerry Pinkney...

Set in the South in the 1950s, 'Trica Ann is delighted to be able to go "someplace special" all by herself, but when she is faced with signs reading "For Whites Only," she must find the courage inside to continue her journey to the public library, where everyone is welcome. 35,000 first printing.

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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.

Awards and Recognitions
Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack & Jerry Pinkney has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Monarch Award - 2007 Nominee - Grades K-3 category
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award - 2003 Nominee - Junior Book category
  • Bluebonnet Awards - 2004 Nominee - Children's category
  • Black-Eyed Susan Award - 2002-2003 Nominee - Picture Book category
  • California Young Reader Medal - 2004 Nominee - Picture Bk/Older Reader category
  • Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award - 2003-2004 Nominee - Grades K-3 category
  • Coretta Scott King Award - 2002 Winner - Illustrator category
  • Georgia Children's Book Award - 2003 Nominee - Picture Storybook category
  • Bookseller's Choice - 2002 Winner - Picture Book category
  • South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award - 2003-2004 Nominee - Children's category
  • Parents Choice Award (Fall) (1998-2007) - 2001 Winner - Gold category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack & Jerry Pinkney has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1434
  • Booklist - 08/01/2001 page 2117
  • School Library Journal - 09/01/2001 page 199
  • Publishers Weekly - 08/06/2001 page 89
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 09/15/2001 page 1362
  • Bookpage - 10/01/2001 page 27
  • Black Issues Book Review - 11/01/2001 page 76
  • Horn Book Magazine - 11/01/2001 page 736
  • Christian Home & School - 01/01/2002 page 27
  • New York Times - 02/10/2002 page 20
  • Multicultural Review - 03/01/2002 page 101
  • ALA Notable Childrens Books - 03/15/2002 page 1234
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2001 page 52
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2002 page 86
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2002 page 52
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 948

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.95" Width: 9.13" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2001
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
Age  4-8
ISBN  0689818858  
ISBN13  9780689818851  

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More About Patricia C. McKissack & Jerry Pinkney

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Patricia and Frederick McKissack are the authors of numerous award-winning books, including REBELS AGAINST SLAVERY: AMERICAN SLAVES REVOLT and BLACK HANDS, WHITE SAILS: THE STORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WHALERS, both Coretta Scott King Honor Books, and SOJOURNER TRUTH: AIN'T I A WOMAN?, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Patricia and Frederick McKissack live in St. Louis, Missouri. John McKissack resides in Memphis, Tennessee.

Patricia C. McKissack currently resides in St. Louis, in the state of Missouri. Patricia C. McKissack was born in 1944.

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4Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > 1900s
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Reviews - What do customers think about Goin' Someplace Special?

Heather's Review  Dec 3, 2006
Goin' Someplace Special is a very powerful,moving book. This book foucuses a lot on the problem of segregation. I think that every person in the world should read this book. When you learned about segregation you learned a lot of things but this focuses on a lot more different things. It talks about the hard life that the colored people had. I think that every person shouldn't care about the color of the skin but the personality of a person. I think that everyone should be like the little boy in this story. In the book I thought it was wonderful that the library was not segregated.
wonderful book   May 10, 2006
Goin' Someplace Special is a story of a little girl named Tricia Ann living in the South during the 1950's when segregation was occurring. The story follows her through her first day of going to a special place all by herself. Although the reader is unaware until the end of the story, Tricia Ann's special place is the public library where all are welcome, and there are no Jim Crow signs that keep African Americans out.
The illustrations are done in watercolor and help portray the emotional journey of Tricia Ann's first day traveling alone. The point of view is done to the effect that the reader is following along right next to Tricia Ann. Some, however, are seen as if the reader is hovering above looking down. The artwork is very colorful and detailed throughout, and all the illustrations are very realistic.
goin someplace special  Sep 28, 2005
The book Goin Someplace Special is very historic,it starts off with a 13 year old,black african american girl and her grandma.Her grandma was it the hot kitchen cooking up a storm while soing her grandaughter a dress for church a beautiful flower dress,when she came out the blue and asked, her grandma if she could go out in the world alone she responed very slowly,finally she said,yes.She rushed out the house while still soing.
So there she was walking down the street as happy as can be,when she reached the bus stop.When the bus finally came 4min. later she started to sit in the front when the white people was looking at her crazy,until she read the seats they said whites only.There was a lady in the back that she knew and was telling her to come to the back there wasn't much every one had to share seats well blacks did.
Well her bus finally came to her stop,when she got off the bus the bus she was crying ,not because she was lost,but ecause every one wasn't atting right in the she find Someplace Specail and felt better.
Special all right  Dec 3, 2004
Growing up in Nashville, Tennessee in the 1950s was not easy for African-American children. Most public places--including hotels, restaurants, churches, movie theaters, parks--were open only to whites. On buses, only seats in the back rows were available to them, even if the front of the bus was empty.

But as the author explains in her endnote, the board of Nashville's public library in the late 1950s voted to fully integrate, and opened the main downtown branch fully to all. Like Andrew Carnegie, whose wealth helped to build it, her grandmother considered the library more exciting, interesting, informative than any place else. Her grandmother made it into a "doorway to freedom."

This is a fictionalized story of the author's youth--an afternoon on which the main character, Tricia Ann, took a bus from home to downtown and the public library. She encountered much hatred en route, but she also met some love. She gave up her seat to a friend of her mother when the rear section was full. Mrs. Granell called after her, "Carry yo'self proud."

Her friend Jimmy Lee instructed her, "Don't let those signs steal yo' happiness," and another gentleman at the Southland Hotel told her she resembled an angel from heaven. She also received encouragement from a kindly white gardener, Blooming Mary, to recall the lessons her deceased grandmother had taught her. Lots more happens here besides. In summation, a young woman is born.

"You are somebody, a human being," her grandmother had said. The author shows that arriving to a place is not always easy. But quitting is not the route to take.

Patricia McKissack's grandmother was right: Libraries give a special gift. Help your kids find out what and why with this book.

--Alyssa A. Lappen
Special, in the best sense of the word  Jul 14, 2004
I've had a touch and go relationship with Jerry Pinkney's books over the years. He's one of those artists that I respect but that I've never really felt an undying affection for. His books tend to speak to the African-American experience but while I've always thought his pictures were effective I never became greatly attached to his stories. Author Patricia C. McKissack, however, won my heart with the splendid and multi-layered "Christmas In the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters". When combined with Mrs. McKissack, Jerry Pinkney suddenly becomes a lot more interesting. With their talents melded, the world has seen some breath-taking picture books. "Goin' Someplace Special" is probably the best of these. A smart book that introduces children to the notion of racism and Jim Crow laws, McKissack and Pinkney have given us a truly worthy book for our consideration.

'Tricia Ann is all ah-flutter. Her mother is finally letting her go all the way to Someplace Special. The trip is hardly carefree, though. After getting on the bus, 'Tricia Ann is forced to sit in the colored section. Then she can't even sit on a park bench, the words, "Whites Only" staring her in the face. Her friend Jimmy Lee commiserates, pointing out that even though blacks can work at the nearby restaurant, they can't sit down there to have a BLT and a cup of coffee. But the worst comes when 'Tricia Lee accidentally gets swept into a grand hotel. In the midst of an autograph signing the girl is loudly condemned and shooed out because she is black. In tears she finds a friend in an elderly churchgoer and becomes determined to finish her trip. The reader finally learns at the end that Someplace Special is none other than the public library. A place where all people are welcome.

In her Author's Note at the back, McKissack tells how the Nashville Public Library in the 1950s voted to integrate their facilities. As a girl growing up in Tennessee, McKissack based 'Tricia Ann's experiences on her own. Through this tale, the reader comes to understand just how difficult it would have been for a young black girl to travel alone in a racially segregated city. Suddenly 'Tricia Ann seems a whole lot braver, and her trip across town a whole lot bigger. The text is, almost throughout, a constant calm narrative of big and small bigotries. I found myself wishing that the section in which 'Tricia Ann finds peace in the church courtyard was a bit less hokey. It's the single flaw in an otherwise perfect jewel of a book.

As I mentioned before, previous Pinkney books have done little for me. And yet I loved what he chose to do with this book. Throughout the tale, 'Tricia Ann wears a memorable blue dress with yellow daisies. In almost every scene, other people are drab and colorless when compared to the bright sprightly girl and her eye catching outfit. Moreover, his protagonist's body language and posture often tell half the story in and of themselves. When 'Tricia Ann is being thrown out of the hotel she clasps on wrist in another. Her expression is part shock, part amazement. The fact that anyone could be so crude and cruel as to throw a girl out merely for her skin color.... Kids reading this section will sympathize.

This is by no means the first McKissack/Pinkney pairing ("Mirandy and Brother Wind" has that particular honor), but I hope it isn't the last. The book is an entirely respectful and creative way of introducing the notion of racism to small children. Kids might not immediately understand the importance of Brown vs. the Board of Education but a book like this will make that time period a little more real to them. It's an original story with great text and illustrations. I think you?ll be pleased with its presentation.

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