Patricia McKissack Reads The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural

August 17, 2010 Review: These 10 spine-tinglers range from straight-up ghost stories to eerie narratives. The tales in this winner of the 1993 Coretta Scott King Award depict racism, haunting and vengeance in a manner that can be read out loud around a campfire or savored privately, offering middle readers (fourth through eighth graders) thoughtful exposure to important, though frightening, historical themes. One tale, set in the segregated South of the 1940s, tells of a black man's ghost avenging his murder by a white klansman. McKissack's prose is smooth and understated, and its sense of foreboding is powerfully enhanced by Brian Pinkney's black-and-white scratch board illustrations.

Listen to author Patricia McKissack read portions of The Dark Thirty live from Cooperating School Districts' Virtual Learning Center.


Patricia McKissack Reads Clone Codes

September 25, 2009

To hear Patricia McKissack share a sneak peak of her newest novel, Clone Codes, visit the Virtual Learning Center's page, Vision, Learning & Collaboration. Clone Codes will be released in January 2010.

Patricia McKissack Reads Goin’ Someplace Special

September 3, 2009

According to, "Drawing on her own Nashville childhood, Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia C. McKissack brings the injustices of segregation to life in her bittersweet picture book, Goin' Someplace Special. Illustrator Jerry Pinkney, four-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor Medalist, captures the spirit of the '50s with his lovely watercolors."

Here, Pat reads from Goin' Someplace Special. Enjoy!


Patricia McKissack Reads Tippy Lemmey

August 14, 2009

Welcome to author Patricia McKissack's page, Author Visit. In this podcast, she will read from her book, Tippy Lemmey, and provide some insight on how she came up with the story of the dog she thought was terrorizing the neighborhood!