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M.C. Higgins the Greatby Virginia Hamilton
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M.C.'s family is rooted to the slopes of Sarah's Mountain. His great-grandmother escaped to the mountain as a runaway slave and made it her home. It bears her name, and her descendants have lived there ever since.
When M.C. looks out from atop the gleaming forty-foot pole that his father planted in the mountain for him — a gift for swimming the Ohio River — he sees only the rolling hills and shady valleys that stretch out for miles in front of him.
And M.C. knows why his father never wants his family to leave.
But when M.C. looks behind, he sees only the massive remains of strip mining — a gigantic heap of dirt and debris perched threateningly on a cliff above his home.
And M.C. knows they cannot stay.
So when two strangers arrive in the hills, one bringing the promise of fame in the world beyond the mountains and the other the revelation that choice and action both lie within his grasp, M.C.'s life is changed — forever.
In 1974, Virginia Hamilton dazzled the world with her powerful account of a young man's coming of age trapped between heritage of his mountain home and his desires for the future. Twenty-five years later, M.C. Higgins, the Great remains the only novel ever to win the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award.
It is truly an American classic.
About the Author
Virginia Hamilton is easily the most distinguished literary voice writing for young readers today. Since the publication of her first novel, Zeely, she has won every major award given to authors. Her many, many citations include the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal and the 1995 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, both given for her outstanding body of work. Besides receiving the National Book Award, the John Newbery Medal, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, all for M.C. Higgins, the Great, she's won two additional Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards, three Boston Globe/Horn Book Honors, three Newbery Honors, three Coretta Scott King Awards, five Coretta Scott King Honors, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Regina Medal, the NAACP Image Award, and countless others. In 1984 the Virginia Hamilton Lecture in Children's Literature annual conference was established in her name at Kent State University, and in 1995 she became the first and only children's author to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.
Like M.C., Ms. Hamilton was born in the town an ancestor (her grandfather, Levi Perry) escaped to from slavery. She still lives in that town, Yellow Springs, Ohio, with her husband, poet Arnold Adoff.
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