Books by Fredrick L. McKissack

ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"The characters are drawn without much complexity, but the worldbuilding is intriguing, there is plenty of action and ethnic diversity in a science-fiction tale is welcome. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The second book of the Clone Codes (Clone Codes, 2010) focuses on Houston Ye, the teen cyborg who helped the clone Leanna escape the government forces seeking her in fulfillment of its policy of discrimination against any deemed not completely human. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"This is fast-paced adventure with a provocative exploration of civil rights and identity. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
It is the year 2170, and Leanna, daughter of a respected child psychologist, is a typical 13-year-old interested in friends and sports. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"There are many stories in this volume that would make interesting history for the young reader; too bad they are sloppily combined into one choppy offering. (timeline, Web sites) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
The McKissacks tell the story of the first African-Americans in America in an addition to the Milestone Books series. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Still: an important work and an essential purchase. (introduction, time line, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
The McKissacks (Miami Sees It Through, not reviewed, etc.) have written a much-needed overview of how slavery came to an end. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"38;w photos, appendix, chronology, bibliography). (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
From the McKissacks (Young, Black, and Determined, 1998, etc.), a well-written, historical account of African-Americans who sailed on whaling ships off the East Coast between 1730 and 1880. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 15, 1998

"Her death at age 34 comes through as a decisive loss to the American theatre; the authors cull from her short, high-impact life a thorough, very readable, work. (b&w photos, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-13)"
A playwright who is well known to readers through A Raisin in the Sun is given fair tribute by the McKissacks (Rebels Against Slavery, 1996, etc.), who also provide a window into the times in which Hansberry lived. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"The writing here is occasionally awkward- -readers may have difficulty distinguishing among facts, opinions, and rationalization—but these are gripping tales, in a solid volume about the slavery era. (b&w photos, not seen, chronology, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Stories of African-Americans, some slaves and some free, who fought against slavery both in the US and the Caribbean, including Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Toussaint Louverture, and Denmark Vesey. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A fascinating and little- exposed area of US history. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
The powerful, inspirational story of the only African-American contingent of pilots to fly in WW II, nicknamed the Red-Tail Angels for the markings on their aircraft. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Unfortunately, the McKissacks have stepped over. (Historical fiction/Picture book. 8-13)"
It's Christmas 1859 on a Virginia plantation. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Maps and index not seen. (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
Calling on both contemporary travelers' accounts and songs of the griots, the McKissacks reconstruct the history of three West African empires, each of which flourished in turn, only to be nearly buried by time and scholarly prejudice. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Photos and historical reproductions; bibliography; index. (Biography. 9-12)"
Presenting the dramatic life of one of slavery's staunchest opponents, the McKissacks illuminate the most important issues of 19th-century American politics. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Biography. 7-12)"
One of seven new entries, all by the McKissacks, in the ``Great African Americans'' series. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1991

"No bibliography, sources, or index. (Biography. 7-9)"
Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) was a journalist whose lifelong fight against discrimination began at age 16. Read full book review >