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Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack
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bookshelves: historical-fiction

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 someplace special revealed at the end of the book is the public library in Nashville, with the sign over the door offering “Public Library: All Are Welcome.” The library is the symbol of equality of all.

The experiences of Trish Ann are told through the eyes of the author, Patricia McKissack, drawing from her experiences of life for blacks in the South during the 1950’s. This book gives a natural introduction to this time in history with its theme of the injustices of segregation. Grades 1-4.
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