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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 07, 2011 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 09, 2011 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 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
(NS) Dana
Oct 28, 2009 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
Ariel Tyler
Oct 15, 2014 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) Becca
Nov 01, 2009 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
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I do like books where the author tells a personal story! Plus Tricia Ann's turquoise and yellow dress is slightly brighter than everything else on the page, making us realize that all those Jim Crow laws along the way are not as important as her special destination and they aren't going to bring her down.
Oct 03, 2010 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 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
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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Rachel Wells
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very touching story. I felt like I was taken along an emotional ride with a young girl, Tricia, who convinces her grandmother that she can go to "someplace special" alone. On her journey, Tricia struggles with the unfair segregation that was going on in that time, but still found some strength along the way to keep going. I love how she kept going through all of the trials and unfair treatment she faced. This book shows emotional pain of what life was like from the perspective of a yo ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First sentence: 'Tricia Ann was about to burst with excitement.

Premise/plot: Goin' Someplace Special is based on the author's childhood. It is set in Nashville in the 1950s. For younger readers unfamiliar with the way things were before (and during) the Civil Rights movement, this is a lovely introduction. The heroine, Tricia, is going by herself to "someplace special." To get to someplace special, she'll face some obstacles, these obstacles mainly exist because of the color of her skin. But the
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Those signs can tell us where to sit, but they can't tell us what to think."

'Tricia Ann is going to her Someplace Special without her Mama Frances for the first time. But everywhere during her trip, she keeps encountering Jim Crow signs and unaccepting people. She almost turns around and goes home until a gentle, elderly woman reminds 'Tricia Ann that her Mama Frances is with her in spirit, if not in body.

The author's note tells the reader that this is Patricia McKissack's story.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Loved this. Spoiler: The someplace special is the library. Beautiful and uplifting about racism and safe places.
Nicholas Orr
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book to teach children to never give up. There will be times when you feel you should not keep going. If you want something bad enough, keep on until you get it. It will be worth it.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit
Wow! Ever read a book at the just right time? EVERY librarian should read this book!
N_Allie l
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Garstka Third
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Tricia was friendly to the white boy and he was being kind to her. But the mom said you can not talk to her. Another place she was kind to Jim selling pretzels. This shows she was nice and he felt good so he did something nice and she got a free one for being nice. And was kind to Mr.John Wiles when she smiled at him he smiled back. This shows they are being polite. This probably makes readers feel happy because they are being nice to each other. The mom was being mean to the boy by not letting
Michelle Nguyen
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Goin' Someplace Special" by Patirica C. McKissack is the perfect way for children of all different backgrounds to sympathize with the lives of the people, specifically children, that were affected by the Jim Crow laws back in late 1950's. This heartfelt story about a young woman of color, 'Tricia Ann, talks about how racism was so embedded into the society, that it caused automatic exclusiveness, which is against a lot of the beliefs that early childhood educators want to instill in their class ...more
Justice Parker
Apr 22, 2016 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
Katie Buckley
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I. Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. Mckissick tells the story of a young African American girl named Tricia growing up in the 1960’s. One morning she decides she wants to journey by herself to “someplace special” and asks her grandmother for permission. After some hesitation her grandma agrees and gives her the parting words of “hold your head up high.” She tries to remember her grandmother’s words at each stop on the way to “someplace special,” because Tricia lives in the segregated south ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kirkus Review: 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. Mama Frances acquiesces, sending her off with instructions: " 'And no matter what, hold yo' head up and act like you b'long to somebody.' " 'Tricia Ann's special place is not revealed until the end, but on the way there, the humiliating racism she encounters on the city bus, in the park, and in a down ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural
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
Celeste Powell
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Goin' Someplace Special
i) Goin’ Someplace Special is about a young girl named ‘Tricia Ann who decides to go on an adventure on her own for the first time. When she asks her grandmother for permission, her grandmother is skeptical about it at first, but then she agrees to let her go. As ‘Tricia Ann begins her journey, she takes the bus and sits at the back because of the Jim Crow laws. She questions why the world has to be this way, but dismisses it shortly when her grandmother’s friend gets on
Susan Soohoo
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
1. This book received the 2002 Notable Children's Books Award, Children's Literature Choice List Award, Coretta Scott King Award, Monarch Award Master List, and the Parents' Choice Award.
2. This book is suitable for grades K-2.
3. This book is about a girl named 'Tricia Ann who goes out into the community to a place she liked to call, Someplace Special. The author takes the reader on her journey and shows how she was mistreated at many places because of certain perspectives some people
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
Vannessa Anderson
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youth-children
Goin’ Someplace Special is about a girl named Tricia Ann whose grandmother allows her to travel alone to a town where all are welcomed no matter the color of their skin. To get there she has to take a bus and sit in the back behind the Jim Crow sing because the front of the bus is reserved for whites only.

The colorfully drawn pictures brouth the story to life!

We follow Tricia Ann in her journey aas she navigates through the Jim Crow era and how she fits in it as she finds her way to that “somepl
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
Madie Marie
Apr 04, 2016 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
Essence Flowers
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads #2

Age: 4-7 (grades PreK-2nd)

Summary: This Coretta Scott King Award Winning book is about an African-American girl by the name of Tricia Ann in the 1950's going to a "special" place. Tricia feels she is ready to go to the special place alone but her grandmother is a bit skeptical because of the obstacles she could possibly face being that there was racism all over the country during this time period. Just as Tricia Anns grandmother expected, getting to the special place was not easy, T
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Patricia C. McKissack was the Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of The Dark-Thirty and Porch Lies an ALA Notable Book. She collaborated with Jerry Pinkney on Goin' Someplace Special (Coretta Scott King Award winner) and Mirandy and Brother Wind (Coretta Scott King Award winner and Caldecott Honor Book).
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