Search Results: "John McKissack"


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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 >

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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 >

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SANCTUARY by Jennifer McKissack
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Although tonally reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, it lacks the deft plotting, character development, and narrative fluency of that earlier classic. (Gothic romance. 14-18)"
The ghostly pull of the past is inescapable for a Depression-era teenage girl drawn back to her remote island home off the coast of Maine. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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CHILDREN'S
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 >

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TRY YOUR BEST by Robert McKissack
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"The Green Light Readers format also includes discussion questions, a simple activity suggestion, author and illustrator bios, and two additional pages of information on the series. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Putting forth your best effort is the theme of this intermediate easy reader set during an elementary-school sports day. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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A FRIENDSHIP FOR TODAY by Patricia C. McKissack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"This simply told story will leave readers pondering our progress—or lack thereof—in race relations over the past 50 years. (Fiction. 9-12)"
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 >

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CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >