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McKissack, Pat
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001.
IL K-3, RL 4.2
ISBN 0689818858

2 booktalks

Booktalk #1

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

Booktalk #2

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 for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003)

SUBJECTS:     Segregation -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Nashville (Tenn.) -- Fiction.


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