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About the Author

Patricia C. McKissack was born in Smyrna, Tennessee on August 9, 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee State University in 1964 and a master's degree in early childhood literature and media programming from Webster University in 1975. After college, she worked as a junior show more high school English teacher and a children's book editor at Concordia Publishing. Since the 1980's, she and her husband Frederick L. McKissack have written over 100 books together. Most of their titles are biographies with a strong focus on African-American themes for young readers. Their early 1990s biography series, Great African Americans included volumes on Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson, and Paul Robeson. Their other works included Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers and Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States. Over their 30 years of writing together, the couple won many awards including the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal, a Newbery Honor, nine Coretta Scott King Author and Honor awards, the Jane Addams Peace Award, and the NAACP Image Award for Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?. In 1998, they received the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. She also writes fiction on her own. Her book included Flossie and the Fox, Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt, A Friendship for Today, and Let's Clap, Jump, Sing and Shout; Dance, Spin and Turn It Out! She won the Newberry Honor Book Award and the King Author Award for The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural in 1993 and the Caldecott Medal for Mirandy and Brother Wind. She dead of cardio-respiratory arrest on April 7, 2017 at the age of 72. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Pat McKissack

Flossie and the Fox (1986) 1,664 copies
Goin' Someplace Special (2001) 1,196 copies
Mirandy and Brother Wind (1988) 863 copies
A Friendship for Today (2007) 660 copies
Run Away Home (1997) 538 copies
Tippy Lemmey (2003) 524 copies
The Honest-to-Goodness Truth (2000) 408 copies
A Million Fish...More or Less (1992) — Author; Author — 402 copies
The Clone Codes (2010) 385 copies
Monkey-Monkey's Trick (1988) 380 copies
Bugs! (Rookie Readers) (2000) 322 copies
Messy Bessey (1987) 274 copies
Ma Dear's Aprons (1997) 192 copies
Away West (Scraps of Time) (2006) 190 copies
The World in 1492 (1992) 190 copies
What Is Given from the Heart (2019) — Author — 171 copies
Precious and the Boo Hag (2005) 141 copies
Porch Lies (2006) 140 copies
Nettie Jo's Friends (1989) 124 copies
Jesse Jackson: A Biography (1989) 103 copies
Messy Bessey's Closet (1989) 100 copies
All Paths Lead to Bethlehem (1665) 91 copies
Miami Makes the Play (2001) 88 copies
Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love (2012) — Author — 67 copies
The Aztec (New True Books) (1985) 61 copies
The Maya (New True Books) (1985) 60 copies
The Inca (New True Books) (1985) 56 copies
The Apache (New True Book) (1984) 48 copies
The Clone Codes #2: Cyborg (2011) 46 copies
So Who's Dr. Rabbit? (1994) 41 copies
Who Is Who? (1983) 33 copies
God Makes All Things New (1993) 31 copies
My Bible ABC Book (1987) 28 copies
Who Will Bell the Cat? (2018) 27 copies
Where Crocodiles Have Wings (2005) 27 copies
Can You Imagine? (1997) 22 copies
All Our Fruits & Vegetables (1995) 10 copies
W. E. B. Du Bois (1990) 10 copies
Tennessee Trailblazers (1993) 6 copies
Ask the Kids (1981) 4 copies
Messy Bessy 2 copies
Tall Phil and small Bill (1987) 2 copies
A real winner (1987) 1 copy

Associated Works

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contributor — 341 copies
It's Great To Be Eight (1997) — Contributor — 263 copies
Beware!: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories (2002) — Contributor — 220 copies
It's Fine To Be Nine (2000) — Contributor — 120 copies
Lu and the Swamp Ghost (2004) — Author — 112 copies
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (2006) — Contributor — 90 copies
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure (2011) — Contributor — 61 copies


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Fascinating story of the life on an extraordinary woman. It is interesting to see and understand the experience of a slave and the way it affected her family. While I have heard many narratives of the experience of slavery, this one struck me because her young son, abused and mistreated by owners responded in the way many modern abused young men respond: with an tendency toward wild behavior. Overall very good, although the pictures and illustrations do not really match the text, which is a little annoying.… (more)
mslibrarynerd | 11 other reviews | Jan 13, 2024 |
Kind of preachy and predictable. Still a fun read, because I like YA lit and I like scifi. Will probably seek out the forthcoming sequels.
mimo | 20 other reviews | Dec 18, 2023 |
This is a great book about a powerful, intelligent, strong leader! A hero ♥️
Readings.of.a.Slinky | 9 other reviews | Nov 20, 2023 |



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