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 the Author
Janice N. Harrington is a children's librarian and professional storyteller. Going North 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very informative tale that gave a first hand account of traveling through the Jim Crow South as an African-American family. Eye opening experience.Curricular connection: Useful in educating middle readers of the troubles of traveling through the South as seen by someone their own age at the time.