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“To me, reading is like breathing; both are essential to life.”—Patricia C. McKissack

Award-winning author Patricia McKissack wishes she could have talked to her hero, Frederick Douglass, about his rise from slavery, his daring escape, and freedom—at last! She is the author of The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural, which is a Newbery Honor Book and also received the Coretta Scott King Award. She frequently collaborates on books with her husband, Fredrick. They have three sons and live in St. Louis, Missouri.


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The Dark-Thirty
Written by Patricia McKissack
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Trade Paperback

In that special half-hour of twilight—the dark-thirty—there are stories to be told. Mesmerizing, suspenseful, and breathtakingly original, these tales make up a heart-stopping collection of lasting value, a book not quickly forgotten. Read More
 





The Dark-Thirty
Written by Patricia McKissack
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Hardcover

Illus. in black-and-white. With an extraordinary gift for suspense, McKissack brings us ten original spine-tingling tales inspired by African-American history and the mystery of that eerie half-hour before nightfall--the dark thirty. Read More
 





The Dark-Thirty
Written by Patricia McKissack
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
eBook

In that special half-hour of twilight—the dark-thirty—there are stories to be told. Mesmerizing, suspenseful, and breathtakingly original, these tales make up a heart-stopping collection of lasting value, a book not quickly forgotten.


From the Trade Paperback edition. Read More
 





Miami Jackson Gets It Straight
Written by Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Illustrated by Michael Chesworth
eBook

MIAMI JACKSON CAN’T wait for school to end. But who ever thought five days could be so long? His teacher is leaving for Ghana, his arch-enemy, Destinee Tate, is on his case, and now Miami’s keeping secrets from his best friend, String. Summer can’t come soon enough!


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Miami Jackson Gets It Straight
Written by Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Illustrated by Michael Chesworth
Trade Paperback

MIAMI JACKSON CAN’T wait for school to end. But who ever thought five days could be so long? His teacher is leaving for Ghana, his arch-enemy, Destinee Tate, is on his case, and now Miami’s keeping secrets from his best friend, String. Summer can’t come soon enough! Read More
 





Miami Jackson Makes the Play
Written by Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Illustrated by Michael Chesworth
Trade Paperback

AT LAST IT’S summer. Miami is more than ready for two weeks of baseball camp. No homework. No annoying sister. Best of all, no Destinee Tate. But Miami can’t escape Destinee. Turns out his best friend, String, invited her to Camp Atwater, too. And she’s making trouble, as usual, trying to... Read More
 





Miami Jackson Sees It Through
Written by Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Illustrated by Michael Chesworth
Trade Paperback

MIAMI’S CLASS HAS a brand-new teacher, no-nonsense Miss Amerita Spraggins. She’s a real tough lady. She insists on assigned seats. She hands out detentions like coupons. She even refuses to call kids by their nicknames. Miami can’t take a whole year with crazy Miss Spraggins. He has to get out of... Read More
 





A Million Fish...More or Less
Written by Patricia McKissack
Trade Paperback

Illus. in full color. In an original yarn of the Louisiana bayou, McKissack honors the tradition of bragging about the one that got away. Hugh Thomas hears that strange things happen on the Bayou Clapateaux, but he's skeptical--until he invents a fish story of his own. Read More
 





Mirandy and Brother Wind
Written by Patricia McKissack
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Trade Paperback

Illus. in full color."Mirandy is sure she'll win the cake walk if she can catch Brother Wind for her partner, but he eludes all the tricks her friends advise. This gets a high score for plot, pace, and characterization. Mirandy sparkles with energy and determination. Multi-hued watercolors fill the pages with... Read More
 





Mirandy and Brother Wind
Written by Patricia McKissack
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Hardcover

Illus. in full color."Mirandy is sure she'll win the cake walk if she can catch Brother Wind for her partner, but he eludes all the tricks her friends advise. This gets a high score for plot, pace, and characterization. Mirandy sparkles with energy and determination. Multi-hued watercolors fill the pages with... Read More
 





Mirandy and Brother Wind
Written by Patricia McKissack
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
eBook

Illus. in full color."Mirandy is sure she'll win the cake walk if she can catch Brother Wind for her partner, but he eludes all the tricks her friends advise. This gets a high score for plot, pace, and characterization. Mirandy sparkles with energy and determination. Multi-hued watercolors fill the pages with... Read More
 





Porch Lies
Written by Patricia McKissack
Illustrated by Andre Carrilho
Hardcover

Side-splittingly funny, spine-chillingly spooky, this companion to a Newbery Honor–winning anthology The Dark Thirty is filled with bad characters who know exactly how to charm.

From the author's note that takes us back to McKissack's own childhood when she would listen to stories told on her front porch... to the captivating... Read More
 





Porch Lies
Written by Patricia McKissack
Illustrated by Andre Carrilho
eBook

Side-splittingly funny, spine-chillingly spooky, this companion to a Newbery Honor–winning anthology The Dark Thirty is filled with bad characters who know exactly how to charm.

From the author's note that takes us back to McKissack's own childhood when she would listen to stories told on her front porch... to the captivating... Read More
 





Stitchin' and Pullin'
Written by Patricia McKissack
Illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera
Hardcover

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER, grandmother and granddaughter, aunt and niece, friend and friend. For a hundred years, generations of women from Gee’s Bend have quilted together, sharing stories, trading recipes, singing hymns—all the while stitchin’ and pullin’ thread through cloth. Every day Baby Girl listens, watches, and waits, until she’s called to... Read More
 

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