Patricia C. McKissacks poignant story of growing up in the segregated South and Jerry Pinkneys rich, detailed watercolors lead readers to the doorway of freedom.
Theres a place in this 1950s southern town where all are welcome, no matter what their skin color…and Tricia Ann knows exactly how to get there. To her, its someplace special and shes bursting to go by herself.
When her grandmother sees that shes ready to take such a big step, Tricia Ann hurries to catch the bus heading downtown. But unlike the white passengers, she must sit in the back behind the Jim Crow sign and wonder why life's so unfair.
Still, for each hurtful sign seen and painful comment heard, theres a friend around the corner reminding Tricia Ann that shes not alone. And even her grandmothers words—"You are somebody, a human being—no better, no worse than anybody else in this world"—echo in her head, lifting her spirits and pushing her forward.