Going North by Janice N. Harrington
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An African American family becomes a new kind of pioneer

Leaving behind Big Mama, loving relatives, and the familiar red soil and cotton fields of Alabama, Jessie and her family are going north to Nebraska. They are pioneers searching for a better life, one with decent schools and jobs. But traveling through the segregated South is difficult for an African American family in the 1960s. With most public places reserved for "whites only," where will they stop to get gas and food?

Lyrical free verse and evocative paintings capture the rhythm of the road and a young girl's longing as she wonders: Will I like it there? Will I like the North?
 

About Janice N. Harrington

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Janice N. Harrington is a children's librarian and professional storyteller. This is her first children's book. She lives in Champaign, Illinois. Jerome Lagarrigue received the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe Award for New Talent for his illustrations for Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published September 8, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The girl protagonist doesn’t want to go—she wants to stay with Big Mama and peel sweet potatoes: “But Going-North Day hurries to our door / like it’s tired of our slowpokey ways.” As the yellow station wagon heads north (a journey mapped on the endpapers), the girl watches the world go by, though...

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