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Goin' Someplace Special

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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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2001)
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Mar 09, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Vegan
Mar 16, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 18, 2009 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: african-american
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
Ariel Tyler
Oct 15, 2014 Ariel Tyler rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 30, 2009 (NS) Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 05, 2009 (NS) Becca rated it really liked it
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
Oct 04, 2010 529_allie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Mary Hoch
Sep 24, 2011 Mary Hoch rated it liked it
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
Maria Roman
May 01, 2016 Maria Roman rated it it was amazing
Goin’ Someplace Special is an example of a book about critical issues written by Patricia C. McKissack. The author tells a story that touches on the issues of racism and segregation during the times of the Jim Crow laws. The story is fictional but based on true events that the author experienced growing up. In the beginning of the book, we are introduced to the main character of the story, ‘Tricia Ann, and her grandmother, Mama Frances. ‘Tricia Ann convinces her grandmother to let her go, by he ...more
Chasity Russell
Apr 04, 2016 Chasity Russell rated it it was amazing
Curricular Connections: This book would be great to introduce feelings to students. It would be a great activity on asking students to share some of their feelings through art or a poem or a short story. It can also be a great way to introduce what happened back in that time era of 1950’s and what caused it to happen so that students can understand the significance of the events. The TEKS below will describe what children should be learning with this type of activity.
§113.13. Social Studies, Gr
Madie Marie
Apr 04, 2016 Madie Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
Picture book number 6- This book is set in a time of the civil rights movement where there is still segregation. The little girl is talking to her grandmother about wanting to go to her somewhere special all by herself. At first her grandmother is worried but she eventually lets her go. She gets on the bus and sees the sign to sit in the colored section. She then gets off the bus and goes to a park where she almost sits on a "for whites only" bench. She sees a boy named Jimmy Lee selling food on ...more
Kristen Adams
Mar 30, 2016 Kristen Adams rated it really liked it
i. Summary. Young 'Tricia is bursting to make her first journey alone to Someplace Special, where it doesn't matter what your skin color is; she lives in a southern town in the 1950s and faces all sorts of segregation because of her skin color. As she is on her journey, 'Tricia has to continue reminding herself of her grandmother's encouraging words, "Hold yo' head up and act like you b'long to somebody." Thankfully, there is a friendly soul around the corner, for each painful comment heard and ...more
Jared White
First off, this is a little long, so be warned. Also, the girl, 'Tricia Ann, faces multiple instances of prejudice so book is probably not for the littlest folks. Also, be prepared to talk to your kids because these are things which should be discussed.

In this book we join a girl as she ventures out on her own for the first time to go into town to "Someplace Special." Along the way she sees signs telling her to sit at the back of the bus, not sit on benches, not go in there or in there. So much
Emily Moog
Goin’ Someplace Special, by Patricia C. Mckissack, and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, is a moving story of a young girl named ‘Tricia Ann who dreams of going out of the house to Someplace Special by herself. After much convincing, her grandmother finally allows her to go. Along her way to that special place, ‘Tricia Ann comes face-to-face with racial oppression and segregation in 1950’s Nashville. In the end, she reveals that her Someplace Special is a library, on which is a sign that reads, ‘Pub ...more
Jasmine Lambert
Dec 07, 2015 Jasmine Lambert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tch-lrn-307, cskaward
Growing up in the 1950’s in the south where the world was separated by the color of your skin Tricia Ann has one place and one place only that is very special to her where none of this exists and she feels equal and welcomed. In this story young Tricia Ann convinces her grandmother to allow her to travel to the special place all by herself for once. Along her way she is tested and runs into all sorts of acts of discrimination and becomes discouraged wishing she had her grandmother with her and i ...more
May 28, 2015 Laurie rated it liked it
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Mar 09, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
This realistic fiction book is the story of a young African-American girl named Tricia growing up in the south in the 1950's at the time of the Jim Crow Laws. She asks her grandmother to go to someplace special one day, all by herself. She is initially excited and looking forward to her journey to someplace special. However along the way, she experiences the Jim Crow Laws and encounters racism, segregation discrimination and injustice, which makes her question the importance and joy of going to ...more
Kayla Davis
This is a book about young ‘Tricia Ann and her journey navigating her first trip alone to “someplace special”. ‘Tricia Ann’s Grandmother always goes with her when she goes to town, but after ‘Tricia Ann begs to go alone one day, insisting she is ready, her Grandmother relents and sends her off alone. However, ‘Tricia Ann soon discovers there is much more to navigating than simply managing the bus trip and directions and finds herself unprepared to navigate the bumps and turns of ‘Jim Crow Laws’ ...more
Rachel Lizan
Feb 21, 2014 Rachel Lizan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
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
Jaimie Lee
Mar 15, 2015 Jaimie Lee rated it it was amazing
‘Tricia Ann loves going to her someplace special. In this book, ‘Tricia Ann gets permission from her grandmother, Mama Frances, to make the trip all on her own. This story takes place in the setting of segregation and tremendous racism. As ‘Tricia Ann goes through town on her way to her someplace special, she comes across a lot of hatred and racist slander. However, she is not discouraged and continues on her journey until she reaches her destination: the public library, where “All are Welcome.” ...more
Justice Parker
Apr 27, 2016 Justice Parker rated it it was amazing
Tricia Ann wants to travel to her favorite (special) place, but her mother is not ready to let her go on her own. Her mother lets her go and gives her encouraging words to remember along the way. On Tricia Ann journey to her special place, she faces some unwelcoming things but reminded by those she meets along the to keep her head up high.

Circular Connections: Before reading to the students, educators will discuss how 50 years ago, many students in this country, including students here in Maryl
Bailey Scales
Feb 26, 2015 Bailey Scales rated it it was amazing
This is a special book. Goin' Someplace Special is told through an African American girl in the time of Jim Crow Laws. She tells her story as she tries to go "somewhere special" and the obstacles of the time period present themselves. She is not allowed to sit in a certain section of the bus, sit on park benches, sit in the front of a movie theater, or eat at a certain diner, however she keeps trekking to her special place. At the end of the story, readers finally learn where/ what exactly is he ...more
Jun 05, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-25-stars
4.25 Stars This book makes me mad, really mad, and then it makes me smile bright!

It is about Jim Crow laws in the South, I knew hotels, restaurant, schools and buses were segregated but I didn't know Park Benches were. Really, a chair...

She is going all over town trying to find her "special place" she runs into all different people, racists etc. Separate but equals...RIDICULOUS!

But when we discover her happy place, I couldn't help but smile.

Jim Crow laws didn't segregate at the
Gretchelle A
Feb 11, 2016 Gretchelle A rated it really liked it
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Brenna Kerley
Nov 17, 2015 Brenna Kerley rated it really liked it
Goin’ Someplace Special is about a girl names Tricia who dreams of going off by herself and adventuring. Her grand mamma allows her to go off on her own. She starts her journey on a big yellow bus where she sits behind the sign thats states “colored people sit here”. Tricia Ann steps off of the bus and starts exploring the city. She finds herself in the lobby of a grand hotel where the manager begins to yell at her and tell her that no colored people are allowed in the hotel. Tricia leaves the h ...more
Apr 17, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Award winning author Paticia C. McKissack beautifully translates her childhood journey during the 1950's to Someplace Special -'The Doorway to Freedom'. A place where 'All Are Welcome'. During the time of Jim Crow, there were not many places that blacks were allowed, let alone welcomed, but in Nashville, TN in the late 50's, the public library board of directors went against the grain - they integrated their facilities. Along the way, she is encouraged ("Those signs can tell us where to sit, but ...more
Jul 19, 2015 CharleyAnne rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I thought this book was wonderful yet sad at the same time. The pictures in this book are beautiful. The story is remarkable and does a great job of incorporating history because the story is based on the author's life. The sadness of segregation and Jim Crow Laws is revisited when reading this story, and the fact that this story is told through the eyes of a child makes it even more heartbreaking. As a reader, I was able to learn the child's journey from extreme heartbreak to comfort in her ow ...more
Damont Singletary
Jun 18, 2015 Damont Singletary rated it it was amazing
This book is about a young African-American girl being raised in the in the south during the 1950's during a time when Jim Crow Laws were very much still alive. One day she asks her grandmother to go to someplace special by herself. At the beginning she was excited and looking forward to this trip. During her journey, she experiences the Jim Crow Laws and encounters racism, segregation discrimination and injustice, which makes her question the importance and joy of going to someplace special. Th ...more
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: November 10th, 2014

Author: Patricia C. McKissack; Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Title: Goin' Someplace Special

Plot: With the permission from her grandmother, 'Tricia Ann is allowed to go out by herself to "Someplace Special".

Setting: Fictional City in the 1950's (loosely based on author's childhood in Nashville Tennessee in the 1950's).

Characters: 'Tricia Ann; Mama Frances; Mrs. Grannell; Jimmy Lee; Mr. John Willis; Blooming Mary; Hickey;

Point-of-View: Third-Person; Past-Tense

Theme: Free
Oct 07, 2014 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
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.
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