Books by Patricia C. McKissack

Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"This splendid "jump story" is not for the faint of heart, but readers who relish edge-of-the-seat suspense done impeccably will be well-satisfied. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Storyteller McKissack crafts a spine-tingling tale set during colonial times about a greedy man who just may get the scare of his life. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"History that's fun to read…and important. (authors' note, illustrator's note) (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
On a train out of Denver in 1902, two old cowboys reminisce about the Old West. Read full book review >
NEVER FORGOTTEN by Patricia C. McKissack
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A totally absorbing poetic celebration of loss and redemption. (author's note) (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
A searing cycle of poems describes a father's grief after his son is taken from their home in Mali and enslaved in America. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

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

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 >

STITCHIN’ AND PULLIN’ by Patricia C. McKissack
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

McKissack's series of poems tells the story of and honors the history of the women quilters of Gee's Bend, Ala. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 25, 2007

McKissack and Pinkney join forces for their third collaborative effort in this story of three sisters who have to share one doll for Christmas during the Depression. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

McKissack's third offering in her Scraps of Time historical fiction for new readers examines the life of fictional Lilly Belle Turner in 1928 at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Read full book review >

A FRIENDSHIP FOR TODAY by Patricia C. McKissack
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

The title may lead readers to expect a contemporary tale; instead, McKissack chronicles the events of 1954 and 1955, a tumultuous time in the life of 12-year-old Rosemary Patterson. Read full book review >

PORCH LIES by Patricia C. McKissack
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

The author of The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural (1992), illustrated by Brian Pinkney, mines a lighter vein with nine original tales that hark back to yarns from her Tennessee childhood. Read full book review >

AWAY WEST by Patricia C. McKissack
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

It's 1879 and 13-year-old Everett Turner is stowing away on a supply boat to St. Read full book review >

WHERE CROCODILES HAVE WINGS by Patricia C. McKissack
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2005

Bold and imaginative collage illustrations swirl and swoop against neon-bright backgrounds in this exploration of a nonsensical world "where surprises grow on trees." Read full book review >

ABBY TAKES A STAND by Patricia C. McKissack
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

Maggie Rae and her cousins visit their grandmother's attic to find scraps of time, remembrances from her family's past. Read full book review >

FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

A quick-witted child confronts a scary character (here somewhat toned down) from Gullah folklore in this largely original tale. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

Working with an attorney, McKissack focuses on significant Supreme Court decisions in this revealing study of the US Constitution's long, evolving role as an instrument for the promotion of civil and human rights. Read full book review >

LU AND THE SWAMP GHOST by James Carville
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

Carville—yes, that one—retells a tale learned from his Louisiana mother, about her own Depression-era childhood. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

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

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 >

TIPPY LEMMEY by Patricia C. McKissack
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

The time is 1951, the place is small-town Tennessee, and the country is at war with Korea. Read full book review >

GOIN’ SOMEPLACE SPECIAL by Patricia C. McKissack
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

In a story that will endear itself to children's librarians and, for that matter, all library lovers, 'Tricia Ann begs her grandmother to be allowed to go alone to Someplace Special. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

This remarkable book tells the true story of a courageous young princess who grew to be a military leader and hero. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

In this new addition to the Dear America series, life in 1919 is peaceful and happy for Nellie Lee Love and her family in the little town of Bradford Corners, Tennessee. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1999

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

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 >

MA DEAR'S APRONS by Patricia C. McKissack
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

McKissack's story looks at a week in the life of a turn-of- the-century African-American boy and his mother. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

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

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 >

NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

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

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 >

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

McKissack invites readers to gather in the ``dark-thirty''- -the eerie half hour when dusk darkens to night—for ten shivery tales inspired by African-American folklore and history. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 1992

One of seven new entries, all by the McKissacks, in the ``Great African Americans'' series. Read full book review >

A MILLION FISH...MORE OR LESS by Patricia C. McKissack
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 10, 1992

Out fishing on the Bayou Clapateaux, young Hugh Thomas listens with delight when Papa-Daddy and Elder Abbajonto happen by to tell him a tall tale concerning a 500-pound turkey, a Spanish conquistador's lantern that's still burning, and ``the longest, meanest cottonmouth I ever did see.'' After they leave, Hugh Thomas catches just three small fish—and then imagines an even taller tale to tell the men: he catches a million fish, but the crocodiles demand half, and he's able to keep only half of the remainder by winning a jumprope contest with some piratical raccoons on his way home. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1991

Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) was a journalist whose lifelong fight against discrimination began at age 16. Read full book review >