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Goin' Someplace Special

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  934 ratings  ·  159 reviews
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Author Patricia McKissack uses childhood memories of growing up in the segregated South to create this enlightening and touching story of one very special place. Young 'Tricia can't wait to make her very own journey to Someplace Special (her destination is revealed only at the end of the story). Her grandmother reluctantly lets her baby out on...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2001)
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I'm pretty much in love with this book, all starry-eyed when I finished reading it, feeling all happy and alive whenever I think about it.

This is the story of young 'Tricia growing up in the segregated South of the 1960s. One day, wearing a pretty new dress and feeling brave and joyful, 'Tricia asks her grandma if she can go to Someplace Special that day, all by herself. Grandma hesitates at first, but then holds on to the faith she has in her granddaughter and lets her go, reminding her to alw...more
Goin’ Someplace Special, by Patricia C. McKissack and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney brings a human face and human feelings to the effects of Jim Crow laws in the American South during the late 1950’s. We really feel Tricia Ann’s pain, embarrassment and frustration as her short journey to ‘someplace special” causes her multiple confrontations with Jim Crow laws.

I was so glad that Tricia Ann’s “someplace special” was the library. I wanted to send a thank you note to the Nashville Public Library Bo...more
Ariel Tyler
Goin Someplace Special is a work of realistic fiction based upon the author's experiences growing up in the segregated South. In the story, young Tricia wants to be allowed to go out to her "someplace special." Her grandmother reluctantly agrees. During her trek to her "someplace special," Tricia encounters racism at every turn. Some racism is direct (when she is shamed for ending up at a white-only event) and some racism is systemic (only sitting in the colored section, etc.) This effects Trici...more
(NS) Dana
Taking place during the 1950’s in a southern town, Tricia Ann, a young African American girl, thinks that the most special place in the world is the library. Tricia has a love for the library because it’s a special place that she is welcome in, no matter what color her skin is. However, Tricia is not able to go to her special place at the beginning of the story until she is able to convince her grandmother that she is mature enough and truly ready to go off on her own. Through Tricia’s journey t...more
(NS) Becca
This book captures a day in the life of a young african american girl, Tricia Ann, who encounters racism daily in her life. She is beginning to feel the frustrations of the world's prejudice around her and persists in trying to not let it ruin her day. All she wants is to "go someplace special" but instead laws and signs tell her she is not worthy of "someplace special"to meet a celebrity and finds herself outcast from the even instead. Finally, at the end of the story Tricia Ann finds her "some...more
Everyone has a place that makes them feel safe and welcome, and Tricia Ann wants to go to her special place alone for the very first time. First she must convince her grandmother that she is old enough to travel to this place alone. She starts her journey and reflects on how unfair the Jim Crow laws are. When she accidently follows a group of people into a hotel, and promptly gets kicked out Tricia Ann almost turns around. However with the guidance of an elderly woman, she remembers that nobody...more
Lisa Vegan
Mar 16, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids who love libraries & books; for studying about Jim Crow laws & American history
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
Patricia Polacco is another Patricia/Tricia who writes books based on/about events that took place during her childhood whose stories can make me cry.

The title says it all: This is a special book.

The illustrations are wonderful, my favorite of those I’ve seen by Jerry Pinkney. I particularly love the way ‘Tricia’s dress is so brightly colored compared to the rest of the pictures’ contents.

The story is told in such an engaging way. It’s perfect for independent readers and reading aloud for one c...more
Mary Hoch
This is the story of 'Tricia Ann's quest to visit a place that she and her grandmother refer to as Someplace Special. On her journey, which this time she is taking alone, she experiences the unfairness of segretation, which almost makes her turn back home. But, along the way, she encounters friends that remind her that she is somebody, which gives her the strength to keep going.

This book is loaded with rich illustrations that help place the reader in 'Tricia Ann's world. It is appropriate for gr...more
Rachel Lizan
Description: Tricia Ann ventures out into the world on her own for the very first time and overcomes the challenges faced by African Americans during the time of Jim Crow.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Intended Audience: 1st Grade - 4th Grade

Curriculum Connection: I am a US History teacher have have taught about the Jim Crow era. It is very difficult for students to understand and imagine what actually took place during this time period. I think this would be a good introduction to the topic because i...more
McKissack's "Goin' Someplace Special" is about the trials of a young African American girl as she tries to get “somewhere special.” The laws of that time kept her from being able to choose where she sat on the bus and what buildings she could walk into. She hated the laws, but she remembered her Grandmother telling her to hold her head high and not the let the laws define her. When she finally gets to where she is going, it is a place that makes her feel welcome and wanted.
This book is obviously...more
Kelley Hazen
This book has a great message and is a nice change to the kind of silly books that one can get into the habit of reading to kids. It's a about an awful time in our nation's history that persists today in many ways but in this story it is approached in such positive way. The message gives inspiration to all - kids AND adults. And reminds how important books and reading and imagination can be in our lives. That being said, it was a challenging book for some of the first graders. But the story allo...more
Tami Roberts
Pre-K – 3rd Grade (Read Aloud/Independent Reading)
Most of Pinkney’s illustrations took up the entire two-page spread, leaving a void only large enough for a few paragraphs per page. Each page is full of details, but only the most important subject contains a subtle focus while the rest of the page is slightly blurred. My favorite part of each page is Tricia Ann, the main character’s facial expressions; Pinkney portrayed her emotions very well through his illustrations. The story tells of a young...more
NS-Lisa Skrzypczynski
Goin’ Someplace Special, by Patricia McKissack is set in a 1950’s southern town. This is the story of Tricia Ann, a young African American girl who thinks the most special place in the world is the library. Tricia Ann loves the library because it is the one place where everyone is welcome, regardless of skin color or background. The story begins with Tricia Ann desperately trying to convince her grandmother that she is ready to go to “someplace special” all on her own. Tricia Ann travels by bus...more
A few years ago through one of the programs our school district implemented, I was provided a handful of books by Patricia McKissack. The idea was that we would create an author study using her books. That first year we did some stuff, but that initiative has faded and I complete author studies using other authors. Nevertheless, I like this book and read it with my students each year.

A young girl asks her grandmother if she is able to "go someplace special" by herself. Her grandmother acquiesces...more
Cheryl Olson
Mar 12, 2011 Cheryl Olson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Elementary school aged kids
Goin' Someplace special by Patricia C. McKissack and illustrator Jerry Pinkney bring home a storybook with a rich story, beautiful illustrations and a historical reference point for kids, mine especially had little idea about what the Jim Crowe segregation laws in the South might have felt like to a girl their age back in the '50's. A 12 yr old girl named Tricia Ann is taking a trip to "Someplace Special" all by herself in a downtown southern town. She needs to ride the bus to get there and enco...more
Set in the American South in the 1950s, a young girl goes to town by herself, setting off for "someplace special". Along the way she id prevented from doing many simple things, becuase she is black - sitting on a park bench; sitting in the empty front seats of the bus. the one thing she can do is go to someplace special - the library, which is not segregated.

When I read the review of this book, I was a bit disbelieving - surely the library would be segregated if everything else in the city was?...more
N_Allie l
Picture your favorite place. Now picture a sign over that place that simply states, "(your skin color) NOT ALLOWED". That is what the main character, 'Tricia Ann, sees on her quest to get to "Someplace Special" (as the title implies).

Set in the south in the 1950's, this award-winning book will tear at your heart strings until the very last page. The author, Patricia C. McKisssack (who is the main character in the story as well- hence 'Tricia), takes us along on 'Tricia Ann's journey through her...more
Set in the 1950s, this is the story of 'Tricia Ann, a 12 year old African-American girl who is finally old enough to travel by bus to "Someplace Special." Every stage of her journey is filled with reminders of the "Jim Crow" laws then in force. One particularly upsetting incident almost convinces 'Tricia Ann to return home. But then she remembers her grandmother's words, "Gettin' someplace special is not an easy route. But don't study on quittin', just keep walking straight ahead -- and you'll m...more
Allison Webster
1. This book belongs to the genre of historical picturebooks.

2. All young 'Tricia Ann wants to do is go "someplace special" on her own. When her grandmother finally consents, 'Tricia finds out that the journey isn't as easy as expected, as it is riddled with the segregation and Jim Crow Laws of 1950's Nashville, TN. Despite her hardships, 'Tricia makes it to her destination, the public library, where "all are welcome" with the encouragement of several helpful citizens and the memory of her grand...more
Goin’ Someplace Special written by Patricia McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Goin’ Someplace Special is Patricia McKissack’s semi-autobiographical tale of growing up black in the segregated south of the 1950’s. Speaking as twelve year old “Tricia Ann”, McKissack chooses to tell her story in the colloquial language of the era giving her prose a charming authenticity. Carried along with Jerry Pinkney’s luminous watercolors, the reader is transported back to the 1950s where Tricia Ann takes h...more
Citation: Goin' Someplace Special, Patricia McKissack, Jerry Pinkney (illustrator), (Scholastic Inc, 2001), 32p. Picture Book

Genre: Historical Fiction-Picture book

Summary: A girl rides on the bus alone for the first time, during the era of Jim Crow. On her journey, she endures obstacles that make her question whether the trip is worth it.

Critique: (a) I think that the illustrator's decision to use watercolor and pencil to portray the hard uncaring time period of segregation was a bold and daring...more
This story is set in the 1950’s and is about ‘Tricia Ann, a twelve year old African American girl that felt that she was ready to go to Someplace Special all by herself. Her grandmother is reluctant at first to let her go alone because in the 1950’s segregation was still a big part of society and she wasn’t sure that ‘Tricia Ann could handle segregation on her own. However, the young girl is allowed to go and the reader travels with her through the city as she encounters segregation everywhere f...more
Goin' Someplace Special was written by Patricia C. McKissack. 'Tricia Ann is empowered by Mama Frances to overcome the prejudice that existed in the South in the 1950s. 'Tricia Ann cannot wait to go to Someplace Special (which is revealed at the end of the story). Her grandmother unwillingly lets her go, and leaves her with words of advice: "Hold yo' head up and act like you b'long to somebody." 'Tricia Ann encounters many issues with the Jim Crow laws, and experiences segregation first hand. Th...more
Andrew Miller
Not only does the story have a strong infrastructure of analytical meanings, but the front and back pages suggest another phenomenon of society back in the 50’s and 60’s that could not be better described any other way. The front and back covers are aligned with walls, suggesting that everything within those walls (the entire story) is confined. The girl cannot escape the prejudice system that surrounds her, as she is enwalled within it. There are also flying doves outside of the wall illustrate...more
This is a fantastic example of multicultural literature, because it isn't overly stereotypical, but still explains the situation in which many African-Americans found themselves around the 1960s. What's even better about this book is that it was written by someone who was actually there, giving it a sense of authenticity that is hard to find in children's literature. Goin' Someplace Special is an excellent choice for students, as the main character is similar in age to many children, allowing re...more
Ch_beth Rice
Goin’ Someplace Special is based on author Patricia C. McKissack experience growing up in Nashville in the 1950’s. In the story, Tricia Ann has permission from her grandmother to go to Someplace Special by herself. The destination remains a mystery to readers as Tricia Ann encounters many challenges during the time of segregation. She is forced to sit/stand in the back of the bus, she isn’t allowed to sit on a white-only bench in the park, and she is escorted out of a hotel lobby. Through it all...more
L- Lisa
Someplace Special takes place in the South during the segregated 50’s. The protagonist, Tricia Ann, wants her grandmother to allow her to go someplace special, by herself. After much convincing, Tricia Ann makes her way to this place, revealed to the reader at the end of the book.

Her journey through the story presents her with the humiliation of the harsh Jim Crow laws; including sitting at the back of the bus, no entrance to the hotel lobby and not being able to sit in the park on a bench. The...more
Hannah Sidel
This story reflects the Jim Crow era and tells of a story about a young girl’s experience with them. ’Tricia Ann just wants to go to Someplace Special. She begs her grandmother to let her go on her own. Elated, she jumps on the bus, however must sit in the back because she is African America. ’Tricia Ann continues her journey and ventures down to a restaurant where she is unable to enter through the front door. After lunch, the main character walks into a hotel. In the hotel, there are many whit...more
"Confronted with the indignities and humiliations of segregated Nashville in the 1950s, young 'Tricia Ann holds her head high and remembers that she is "somebody, a human being--no better, no worse than anybody else in this world." For the first time, 'Tricia Ann has been allowed to venture outside her community all by herself. Her grandmother has prepared her well, fortifying her "with enough love, respect, and pride to overcome any situation." 'Tricia Ann, though frustra...more
Quadeema Jackson
Patricia C. McKissack has been known for her beautiful books that are filled with great content and "Goin' Someplace Special" is no different. Tricia Ann is a young girl who is growing up in 1950's Nashville, Tennessee during a time of segregation. Everywhere Tricia Ann goes she sees signs that read "White Only". She begs her grandmother to let her go to her favorite place by herself. This was a major occurrence for her because Tricia Ann would be traveling around a highly segregated town with o...more
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