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Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North (Dear America) [Hardcover]

By Patricia C. Mckissack (Author)
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Pages   222
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.77" Width: 5.61" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2000
Publisher   Scholastic Inc
Age  9-13
ISBN  0590511599  
EAN  9780590511599  

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Twelveyearold Nellie Lee's family moves north to Chicago in hopes of escaping the racism of the rural south and taking advantage of the opportunities in the city, but instead they discover a new kind of prejudice within their own race.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Patricia and Frederick McKissack are the authors of numerous award-winning books, including REBELS AGAINST SLAVERY: AMERICAN SLAVES REVOLT and BLACK HANDS, WHITE SAILS: THE STORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WHALERS, both Coretta Scott King Honor Books, and SOJOURNER TRUTH: AIN'T I A WOMAN?, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Patricia and Frederick McKissack live in St. Louis, Missouri. John McKissack resides in Memphis, Tennessee.

Patricia C. McKissack currently resides in St. Louis, in the state of Missouri. Patricia C. McKissack was born in 1944.

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One of the best books I've read  Apr 24, 2008
I read this book for the novel unit when we were studying and discrimination. I really liked it and hope to read more books by this author. I've been eying A Picture Of Freedom.
Anyway, Color Me Dark was a great experience. I didn't really think it was fair that Erma Jean couldn't talk for part of the story. I still wonder why and how she stopped talking. I liked her poem about Chicago. :)
Nellie Lee; even though she was the main character, Erma Jean seems more like the main one in this story. I highly recommend it.
Great book for 10th grade Humanities class in Chicago  Dec 16, 2007
I have used this book as a part of my Humanities course at YWLCS in Chicago and it has been a hit for the past 7 years! It's written at an intermediate-jr. high level. It's in diary format -which our all girl student body can relate to and it's set in Chicago! If you're doing a Chicago unit, be sure to use this book and any other relating to "Bronzeville" (Richard Wright's Native Son, 12 Million Voices are good reads, but there are others that are more current). If you're in chicago, there's a bronzeville association that sponsors historic tours.

I appreciate the appendix at the back of the book that provides historical background, photos, recipes and other important information. For teachers interested in a fun way to present the mid-20th century, racism, lynching or the Great Migration, this is the book for you. It works well with the documentary, "A Promised Land" and goes excellent with Jacob Lawrence's Great Migration artwork (featured in the children's book, Great Migration). I've also used it with the documentary series, "The Genocide Factor" and the motion picture, "Rosewood." Try also, the book Without Sanctuary.

It also works before and after units related to the Harlem Renaissance.
A WOnderful Story.....  Mar 16, 2007

"Some people are so color struck. They think being light-skinned is better than being dark! Mama says that's nonsense and I think so, too."

Nellie Lee Love's family is a very respected family in the south. Her father owns his own funeral home business, a black respected man; but to the Ku Klux Klan in the 1900's, he is like any black man. When Nellie Lee's uncle gets beaten to death by racist whites, her father uproots their family and they move to Chicago in hope for a better life. The Love's new home isn't as big as their old house, but Nellie thinks it is home-ish. Even though the family heard that Chicago is less racist riots, soon start breaking out in Chicago. Through all the families hardships they learn to stand together and fight, and eventually triumph. Color Me Dark, by Patricia C. McKissack was a very inspiring story that is a good read for all ages.

A reason I recommend this book because the character development was very well thought out. Erma Jean, Nellie Lee's sister, and Nellie Lee were always best friends until their Uncle died, then Erma Jean had hysterics and stopped talking. The only way Erma Jean would communicate was by writing in her diary, which she sometime let Nellie Lee read. When the Loves arrive in Chicago and the riots start, Erma Jean finally talks. The characters in this book keep surprising you.

Another reason I recommend this book is because it is interesting and informative. You get to learn about what happened to Nellie's family, but also get to learn about all the hardships that African Americans faced in the 1900's. In Color Me Dark the writer depicts the hardships Nellie Lee and her family face. People can learn things that you cannot learn in books, such as in white owned stores, African Americans had to wait at the doorstep to be invited into a store. This book was very well written to mix the informative aspects in the story with the main story line.

The story line of this book always keeps you thirsting for more. The plot was suspenseful and kept you reading for hours. When Nellie's family moves to Chicago you assume everything will be better, but it doesn't get better. More riots break out right in front of her home and the threat of death is always around the corner. Color Me Dark was a very suspenseful story.

Color Me Dark by Patricia C. McKissack was a very well written book. It was suspenseful, interesting and informative at the same time. I recommend this novel to all ages, and especially people who love Historical fiction books.

M.Hom Only The BEst////////////;- )
The Dairy of Nellie Love  Nov 16, 2006
Color Me Dark

Have you ever read been put down because of how you look? The main character, Nellie Love, has in the book, Color Me Dark, by Patricia C. Mckissack.
The book is about Nellie Lee Love who lived in Tennessee with her sister Erma Jean Love, her mom, and her dad. They lived in a house that her great grandfather Jasper Love made. One day her uncle died. Since Erma was the only one who knew how he died she was in shock so she lost her voice. So her dad took her to Chicago so they could find out as why she hadn't talked for such a long time. Since she had to stay in Chicago for a while her dad thought they should move up north to Chicago. They also moved so they could get away from lynching that was happening in the south. Papa Till and Grandma Nessie they are the grandparents didn't like the idea, but they still moved into a two bedroom apartment. They met a girl named Rosie who showed them around the city. One day Nellie's family went to the lake to swim. People started attacking a guy just because he crossed the invisible line of the lake that separated the whites and the blacks, and then a riot began. Nellie thought that Chicago was as bad as Tennessee, but once they moved they found great opportunities like a suffrage movement her mother joined. Her father opened a funeral home, something they couldn't have done in Tennessee
My opinion of this book is that it's greatly entertaining because I love reading historical fiction books such as Color Me Dark that talk about segregated times in a diary style. From this book I learned wherever I go I will always find racism but I will also find opportunities. So if you like diary books, this book is for you.
Powerful, Uplifting.. Pure of Heart!   Nov 8, 2006
This is the story of a girl who truely isn't affraid to be what she is. I read this when I was in the fourth grade and even still I love it. It truely holds you and makes you want more and more. You feel sympathy for the characters and all they are going through. It really is worth the read

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