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Publication Order of The Clone Codes Books

Publication Order of Miami Jackson Books

with Frederick L. McKissack
Miami Jackson Gets It Straight (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miami Jackson Sees It Through (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of My Story Books

A Picture Of Freedom (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
An African American Girl's Diary 1859 (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Scraps of Time Books

Abby Takes a Stand (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Away West (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Song for Harlem (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Home-Run King (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Patricia C. McKissack Standalone Novels

A Friendship for Today (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Patricia C. McKissack Chapter Books

Let My People Go (With: James E. Ransome) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amistad (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Patricia C. McKissack Collections

The Dark-Thirty (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter (With: Frederick L. McKissack) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ralph J. Bunche: Peacemaker (With: Frederick L. McKissack) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? (With: Frederick L. McKissack) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas In The Big House, Christmas In The Quarters (With: Frederick L. McKissack) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Diamond: The Story Of The Negro Baseball Leagues (With: Frederick L. McKissack) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rebels Against Slavery (With: Frederick L. McKissack) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Hands, White Sails: The Story Of African American Whalers (With: Frederick L. McKissack) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Shot in the West (With: Frederick L. McKissack) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Ask the Kids (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirandy and Brother Wind (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goin' Someplace Special (With: Jerry Pinkney) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll (With: Jerry Pinkney) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Never Forgotten (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dear America Books

When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 (By: Barry Denenberg) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winter Of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary Of Abigail Jane Stewart (By: Kristiana Gregory) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (By: Joyce Hansen) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Picture Of Freedom (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Early Sunday Morning: the Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows, Hawaii, 1941 (By: Barry Denenberg) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi (By: Jim Murphy) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (By: Mary Pope Osborne) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence (By: Sherry Garland) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stationery Pack (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic 1912 (By: Ellen Emerson White) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West, Utah Territory 1868 (By: Kristiana Gregory) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Heart is on the Ground (By: Ann Rinaldi) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl (By: Ann Turner) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin (By: Karen Hesse) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896 (By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York 1941 (By: Mary Pope Osborne) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York 1938 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana 1932 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Valley of the Moon: The Diary of María Rosalía de Milagros, Sonoma Valley, Alta Valley, California, 1846, (By: Sherry Garland) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory 1849 (By: Kristiana Gregory) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, a Prairie Teacher, Broken Bow, Nebraska 1881 (By: Jim Murphy) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Christmas Comes Again: The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer (By: Beth Seidel Levine) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Secret War : The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C. 1917 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (By: Ellen Emerson White) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Diary of Bess Brennan, The Perkins School for the Blind, 1932 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Survival in the Storm: The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards, Dalhart, Texas 1935 (By: Katelan Janke) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
So Far From Home: the Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1847 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson (By: Ann Turner) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Land of the Buffalo Bones: The Diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, An English Girl in Minnesota (By: Marion Dane Bauer) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Stars in the Sky (By: Megan McDonald) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl, New York Colony 1763 (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hear My Sorrow: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker, New York City 1909 (By: Deborah Hopkinson) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 (By: Lisa Rowe Fraustino) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle, Washington, 1941 (By: Kirby Larson) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Like the Willow Tree (By: Lois Lowry) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cannons at Dawn (By: Kristiana Gregory) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
With the Might of Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson, Hadley, Virginia, 1954 (By: Andrea Davis Pinkney) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Behind the Masks: The Diary of Angeline Reddy, Bodie, California, 1880 (By: Susan Patron) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Down the Rabbit Hole, Chicago, Illinois, 1871: The Diary of Pringle Rose (By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A City Tossed and Broken: The Diary of Minnie Bonner, San Francisco, California, 1906 (By: Judy Blundell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Royal Diaries Books

Mary, Queen of Scots (By: Kathryn Lasky) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile (By: Kristiana Gregory) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor (By: Kathryn Lasky,Kristiana Gregory) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isabel: Jewel of Castilla (By: Carolyn Meyer) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess (By: Carolyn Meyer) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets (By: Patricia Clark Smith) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Red Bird of the South (By: Laurence Yep) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia (By: Anna Kirwan) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sŏndŏk: Princess of the Moon and Stars (By: Sheri Holman) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eleanor, Crown Jewel of Aquitaine (By: Kristiana Gregory) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kaiulani (By: Ellen Emerson White) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jahanara, Princess Of Princesses (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elisabeth: The Princess Bride (By: Barry Denenberg) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristina: The Girl King (By: Carolyn Meyer) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady of Palenque: Flower of Bacal (By: Anna Kirwan) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anacaona: Golden Flower (By: Edwidge Danticat) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Catherine, The Great Journey (By: Kristiana Gregory) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

It's Great to Be Eight(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Patricia C. McKissack was a renowned American writer, who was famous for writing children’s books. She had written several widely successful book series in her career such Dear America, The Clone Codes, Scraps of Time, Messy Bessey, Miami Jackson, etc. Throughout the course of her career, author McKissack had written more than 100 books. Some of the most popular ones include Color Me Dark, Look to the Hills, The Royal Diaries, A Slave Girl, The Great Migration North, French Slave GIrl, etc. McKissack was born on August 9, 1944, and died on April 7, 2017. She was the winner of the Regina Medal along with her husband named Frederick McKissack. They had won this award in 1998. Frederick breathed his last in April 2013. He was working in the United States Marine as a civil engineer prior to his marriage with McKissack. But, after the marriage, he gave up his military career and started writing full time.

In addition to writing children’s stories, McKissack was a member on the board of National Children’s Book & Literacy Alliance, a non-profit organization that worked for literacy, libraries, and literature. Besides writing under her original name, McKissack was known to use several pen names like Pat McKissack, Patricia McKissack, and L’Ann Carwell for writing different types of novels. At the time of McKissack’s birth, her parents, Emma and Robert Carwell, were working as civil servants. Her mother was driving force who inspired her to take up writing as a career. McKissack’s mother used to read poetry to her, while her grandparents used to tell her different types of exciting stories.

The stories that she used to hear from her father mostly include her name and that of her siblings, Sarah and Nolan. All the stories that McKissack heard from her family members contained brave and smart characters, who inspired McKissack to develop the characters of her stories with similar qualities. Author McKissack spent her earlier years growing up in the south. When she was writing her 2000 book called Going Someplace Special, McKissack remembered the place that she liked to visit the most, that is, the Public Library of Nashville. This was her favorite place because she was always welcome there and where she developed an interest in reading. A number of the stories that McKissack heard from her parents and grandparents as a child, were later developed into stories by her as a writer for young adults and children.

When McKissack was studying at the Tennessee State University, she came across her childhood friend and future husband Frederick McKissack. She completed her graduate degree in English in 1964. At the same time, Frederick earned his civil engineering degree. The two were married in 1965 and began their family immediately after. For a brief period later, she lived in Missouri and studied at the Webster University. She obtained her master’s degree in the subject of child education. After this, she worked as a teacher of English at a junior high school. It was in 1971 that McKissack realized her real interest was in becoming an author. So, she gave up teaching altogether and started writing on a full-time basis.

McKissack collaborated with Frederick for the first time to write a novel in 1984. It was a Paul Lawrence Dunbar biography, who was the favorite poet of her mother. After this, McKissack wrote several more biographies. McKissack had started her literary career on the professional level in 1975. Most of her initial works were nonfiction. She used to focus on social issues like racism very much. McKissack switched to writing the first picture book, Fossie and the Fox, when she had already 20 nonfiction novels. The book was rejected by Ann Schwartz, a Dial Press editor, saying that it was very long. McKissack didn’t want to shorten the manuscript, but was forced to reduce it to 6 pages in order to get it accepted for publishing. Frederick and McKissack remained writing partners throughout their lives. They spent 20 years of their lives working together. McKissack had won many accolades and recognitions throughout the courses of her career, including the Coretta Scott Award, Newbery Medal, Boston Globe Award, NAACP Image Award, Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, etc. McKissack’s twin sons are fully grown. They are holding respectable positions in the fields of journalism and writing. McKissack used to enjoy spending time with her grandchildren during her spare times. She loved growing roses in her garden.

A very popular book series written by author Patricia C. McKissack is known as The Clone Codes series. It consists of three books in total, published between 2010 and 2012. This series is set in a highly advanced technological 22nd century. McKissack has depicted that clones and cyborgs are treated as slaves and a secret abolition movement is started to obtain their freedom. The debut book of this series is entitled ‘The Clone Codes’. It was published by the Scholastic Press in 2010. The central character of this book is shown as Leanna. The book’s story begins by introducing Leanna as a 13-year-old girl. Following the end of Cyborg Ward, Earth peace sustains on Earth for over a hundred years. In 2170, the situation turns volatile again when history begins to repeat itself. In spite of the political and technological advancements, cyborgs & clones are forced to like slaves. To fight for their freedom, an abolitionist movement is set in motion. Leanna’s whole life is turned into chaos when she comes to know that her mother is a part of the movement undertaken by Liberty Bell. This book provides a quick and enjoyable read with elements of history to the readers of middle age groups.

Another exciting novel of this series is called ‘The Visitors’. The Scholastic Press released this novel too in 2012. In this book, author McKissack has provided a stunning conclusion to the trilogy series. The novel’s plot opens up by showing that the Topas Corporation is responsible for the production of clones. But, this organization is suspected of using a wicked operation system. Other than the authorized officials of Topas, no one else is allowed to enter inside. The clones and the officials are the only ones to know what is actually happening inside the walls of the world’s most powerful and largest cloning company. In the meantime, Leanna Deberry is labeled as a fugitive along with her cyborg named Houston Ye and a clone named Carlos. A huge reward is set as a bounty on their heads for capturing them alive. Leanna works out with the cyborg and the clone to reveal the wrongdoings in the Topas cloning company and the mass slavery of the clones & cyborgs. This book too provides an interesting read to the children along with exciting twists and turns. This novel was also appreciated for its interesting set of characters and futuristic elements.

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