Going North

By Janice N. Harrington; Jerome Lagarrigue; Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator)
Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374326814, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 2004

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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 the Author
Janice N. Harrington grew up in Vernon, Alabama. When she was eight years old, her family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. A lover of stories both written and oral, she came to her interest in writing through childhood favorites such as "Jane Eyre", "Charlotte""'s Web", and the Greek myths she came upon in an antiquated set of the "Book of Knowledge "encyclopedia.Ms. Harrington received the Ezra Jack Keat's New Writer Award for her first picture book, "Going North". The book, which "Kirkus Reviews" called "gorgeous," and "School Library Journal" described as "a solid choice for readers," was named a "Bulletin" "of the Center for Children's Books" Blue Ribbon Book, a "Kirkus Reviews "Editor's Choice, and a "Booklist "Editors' Choice. Her second picture book, "The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County", has already received much acclaim, being selected for Fanfare, "The Horn Book"'s Honor List and named a "Kirkus Reviews" Editor's Choice.Ms. Harrington is also a nationally known storyteller who has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, a widely published poet, and a children's librarian with over twenty-two years' experience as a youth advocate. 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.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.

Praise For Going North

"Gorgeous . . . The impressionistic, color-rich paintings are as warm and expressive as the lyrical story." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"In subtle, cadenced poetry, Harrington brings close the stark realities blacks faced in the segregated South. Lagarrigue's paintings beautifully capture the family scenes...in soft-edged, thickly brushed strokes that heighten the powerful emotions in Jesse's words - the nostalgia, the worry, and the bittersweet hope about a promising new place."
-- Starred, Booklist

"Lagarrigue's paintings are...powerful and well-suited to Harrington's somber, poetic narrative voice. A solid choice for readers." -- Starred, School Library Journal

"Harrington's...attention to detail deepens the symbolic resonance of the family's journey. Lagarrigue's deeply hued, soul-stirring landscapes escort the family...together, text and illustration offer an almost tangible embodiment of the regrets that accompany leaving and the anticipation of better things to come." -- The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

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