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									Virginia HamiltonVirginia Hamilton
Virginia Hamilton’s books, which combined African-American and Native American lore with contemporary stories and characters, are memorable not only for their inventiveness and rich characterizations, but also for their ability to evoke a wide variety of times, places, and historical figures.

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Virginia Hamilton
Date of Birth:
March 12, 1936
Place of Birth:
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Date of Death:
February 19, 2002
Place of Death:
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Attended Antioch College, Ohio State University, and the New School for Social Research
Newbery Medal and National Book Award for M. C. Higgins the Great, 1975; Hans Christian Andersen Medal, 1992; Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime achievement, 1995; MacArthur Fellow, 1995

*  Virginia Hamilton's official web site

The Best Book to Read First

Selected Works

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								The House of Dies Drear, Author: 
								Virginia Hamilton, Eros Keith (Illustrator).

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The House of Dies Drear
by Virginia Hamilton, Eros Keith (Illustrator)
This 1968 title and its sequel, The Mystery of Drear House, contain the elements that make Hamilton’s work so rich: suspense, African-American history (the Underground Railroad here), and the power of the African American family.

*  The Mystery of Drear House
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								The Girl Who Spun Gold, Author: 
								Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator).
*  Zeely (1967)
*  The House of Dies Drear (1968)
*  M.C. Higgins, the Great (1974)
*  Arilla Sun Down (1976)
*  The Mystery of Drear House: The Conclusion of the Dies Drear Chronicle (1987)
*  Bluish (1999)
*  The Girl Who Spun Gold (2000)

*  See the Virginia Hamilton chronology

The Newbery Winner

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								M.C. Higgins, the Great, Author: 
								Virginia Hamilton, Symeon Shimin (Illustrator).

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M.C. Higgins, the Great
by Virginia Hamilton, Symeon Shimin (Illustrator)
Hamilton is probably best known for this story of 15-year-old M.C. Higgins, who tries to save his family's home in the Ohio hills from an encroaching slag heap. The absorbing tale won two coveted honors: a Newbery Medal and a National Book Award.

Never Far from Home

Hamilton was born in Yellow Springs, Ohio and spent most of her life there. In a note on her web site, she explained her attachment this way:
"There were five of us children and our parents on a 12-acre truck farm... Memories of all those years, of summer days, winter nights, storms and sunshine, have given ample food to my imagination all of my life. So has living here in my hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. My husband and I built our house on the last few acres of my family’s farm. Across the way, other relatives live in close comfort to us.

"Here on the land is the best place for me to write. I love the old trees, the great old one in which brother Bill had his tree house. Being an Ohioan means that I have a long kinship with so many people here, with the landscape and the Ohio sky. For me, there is nothing quite like an Ohio sunset."

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