You know that you should be
some place other than where you are. It isn't safe here; there are
dangers all around and they are pressing in, getting closer. If only
you could find that safe haven!!! It is close, so close, but you
just can't find it. The danger is getting closer and closer and safety
is just around the corner. Now open your eyes and the nightmare is
over. You are awake and safe in your own bed. It was all a
dream. Not so for Tricia Ann. The dangers and indignities of a segregated
Nashville, Tennessee in the 1950’s are with her whenever she ventures out
of her neighborhood. Tricia Ann must brave her real nightmare in
order to get to someplace special. Tricia begins her trip and takes
us along with her as she journeys across the city to the public library.
Prepared by: Jane S.
Chinault for South
Carolina Children's Book Award
Come along and join ‘Tricia
Ann as she takes a big step in growing up – taking a bus ride all by herself.
This small act takes so much courage for a child of color in the 1950’s
South. Share her anticipation, fears, disappointments and her success
in achieving her goal – ‘Hold your head up’ and ‘Carry yo’self proud.’
There is one place in town where color does not matter! (Jean Bellavance
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003)