Virginia Hamilton: Five Novels (Loa #348): Zeely / The House of Dies Drear / The Planet of Junior Brown / M.C. Higgins, the Great / Sweet Whispers, Br

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Library of America Young Readers
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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.6 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author
Virginia Hamilton (1934-2002) was awarded the Newbery Medal (in 1975, for M.C Higgins, the Great, becoming the first Black writer so honored), three Newbery Honors, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, among many other honors. In 1995 she was the recipient of the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for the body of her work; that same year she became the first children's writer to be named a MacArthur Fellow (the "Genius" grant). Hamilton is also one of only a handful of Americans to win the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal, known as "The Little Nobel Prize."

Julie K. Rubini is the author of several biographies for young readers, including Virginia Hamilton: America's Storyteller, Missing Millie Benson: The Secret Case of the Nancy Drew Ghostwriter and Journalist, and Eye to Eye: Sports Journalist Christine Brennan. She is the founder of Claire's Day, a children's book festival in honor of her late daughter.
"Last fall, the Library of America brought out a one-volume edition of five of Hamilton's most celebrated YA novels; their tone is like nothing else I've read. Hamilton's stories are suffused with off-kilter weirdness, humor and a sense of menace that her young characters intuit, but the adults around them have become numb to. That danger often has its roots in racism. . . . That's how Hamilton's novels read: fluid, inevitable and full of purpose." --Maureen Corrigan, "FRESH AIR"

"LOA's "Virginia Hamilton: Five Novels" ($35), a new, overdue celebration of the great '60s-'70s Young Adult author, returns you to middle-school book fairs and Scholastic ordering forms. Though she died in 2002, Hamilton -- the first Black author to get a Newberry Medal for children's books (and first children's book author to land a MacArthur "genius" grant) -- wrote about homeless, slavery, promise and folklore with a tenderness that reached beyond YA. Or, as she put it, the "Black of the Month Club." These are, for lack of a better description, adult books for smart kids." --Chicago Tribune

"Virginia Hamilton was a master storyteller. Her characters always leap off the page, and her ear for Black voices was pitch perfect. M.C. Higgins, The Great is my personal favorite, but today's young readers will find each of these novels a treasure, both right-on-time and timeless. Is that not the definition of a classic?"
--Nikki Grimes, author of Ordinary Hazards and Bronx Masquerade