M.C. Higgins, the Great

M.C. Higgins, the Great

by Virginia Hamilton
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M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton

Mayo Cornelius Higgins sits on his gleaming, forty-foot steel pole, towering over his home on Sarah's Mountain. Stretched before him are rolling hills and shady valleys. But behind him lie the wounds of strip mining, including a mountain of rubble that may one day fall and bury his home.

M.C. dreams of escape for himself and his family. And, one day, atop his pole, he thinks he sees it — two strangers are making their way toward Sarah's Mountain. One has the ability to make M.C.'s mother famous. And the other has the kind of freedom that M.C. has never even considered.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416914075
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 04/25/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 233,802
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Born into a large family and raised on a farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Ms. Hamilton grew up listening to stories shared by her mother and father. While studying writing at the New School for Social Research in New York City, she met a young poet, Arnold Adoff, and the two were married in March 1960. In 1968, Ms. Hamilton's first book, Zeely (S&S, 0-02-742470-7; Aladdin, 0-689-71695-8. Ages 10 up), edited by Richard Jackson, was published; and she and her family (which now included her daughter Leigh and her son Jaime) moved back to Yellow Springs, building their home on land that had been in Ms. Hamilton's family for generations. Ms. Hamilton's second book, The House Of Dies Drear (S&S, 0-02-742500-2; Aladdin, 0-02-043520-7. Ages 12 up), was published in 1968 and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best juvenile mystery. The success of these first two novels heralded a long and prolific career full of accolades and the most prestigious awards in children's literature.

Ms. Hamilton won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1992 and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 1995 for her body of work. Also in 1995, Ms.Hamilton received a John D. and Catherine C. MacArthur Fellowship, presented to "talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits" and have demonstrated "exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work." She was the first African American to win the Newbery Medal, which was presented to her for M.C. Higgins, the Great (Aladdin, 0-02-043490-1; Aladdin, 0-689-71694-X; S&S, 0-689-83074-2. Ages 10 up). M.C. Higgins, the Great was also the first of only two books ever to win the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush (Philomel/Penguin Putnam, 1982), The Planet Of Junior Brown (S&S, 0-02-742510-X; Aladdin, 0-689-71721-0; Aladdin, 0-02-043540-1), and In The Beginning: Creation Stories From Around The World (Harcourt, 1988) were all Newbery Honor books. Ms. Hamilton won the Coretta Scott King Award three times, and three times her books were selected as Coretta Scott King Award Honor books. Twice she won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction (for M.C. Higgins the Great and for Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush), while Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave (Knopf, 1988) won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. In 1996 the NAACP Image Award was presented to her for Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, And True Tales (Blue Sky Press/Scholastic, 1995). She was also a winner of the Regina Medal of the Catholic Library Association, and in 1984 an annual children's literature lecture was established in her name at Kent State University.

Ms. Hamilton's writing career spanned more than thirty years, during which time she was awarded every major honor for children's book writing. To learn more about Ms. Hamilton and her books, please visit her Web site: http://www.virginiahamilton.com/

Date of Birth:

March 12, 1936

Date of Death:

February 19, 2002

Place of Birth:

Yellow Springs, Ohio

Place of Death:

Yellow Springs, Ohio


Attended Antioch College, Ohio State University, and the New School for Social Research

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M.C. Higgins, the Great 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i read it and school and i loved it this book is my second favorite book besides virginia hamiltons other book called zeely its not really like this but i will have all or your question answered by the end
Guest More than 1 year ago
A young man finds his home threatened, but dosen't know whether to relent and leave, or stand his ground to keep his home. The young man also loves a pole in the ground, and not for the pole itself, but because his dad placed it there and it holds sentimental value of their property.
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literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
M. C. Higgins loves where he lives, Sarah Mountain, a land in Ohio that has belonged to his family for a very long time. He has a huge pole with wheels on which he sits and can see the entire mountain and even beyond to the nearest town. But what he most loves about the mountain are the trees, animals, rivers, everything about nature with its own moods and beauty surpassed by nothing or no one. His Dad is very harsh with him but it's a loving harshness. But his Dad just doesn't get the message that the strip mining on the mountain is leading to a natural disaster and M.C. doesn't know how to stop it or how to save his family. He hopes maybe the man coming to hear his Mom sing can get them out of here in time but isn't sure about that. M.C. will then meet a young girl who will awaken a part of him he never knew existed, even giving him new eyes and heart toward his friend, Ben's family, shunned because of their "witchy" powers. Yes, this is a coming of age book but mostly for those young adults (8-12 years recommended) who love the outdoors and want to learn about how being different can be the best and most heartbreaking thing to happen to any human being. I thought this book was rather drawn out in points but all in all it's a very nice story and worthy of its Newberry Award!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this book in school and it is getting on my nerves!!!!!! It is so confussing mc goes from one subject to another and i get lost and then have troues reading the book.....if anybody has any advice plz give me sume but besides that i think this book is a decent book Sincerly, 12 yr old Brooke at MMS
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I was rather disappointed in this book. The various parts--M.C.'s pole, the "mysterious" girl, the Killburn community--seemed contrived and disconnected. The main theme of Sarah's mountain was very good, but there wasn't enough focus. Sometimes M.C.'s "thoughts" were difficult to follow. The tense changed often & it was hard to understand the meaning of what was said. I was surprised that this won a Newbery award.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really didn't get the point of this book. At the end of the book all the questions I had were still unresolved, and beside that, there were very few parts of it I enjoyed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had not main problem that was solved, every person I ask had a different problem. One said it was that heap, others said that girl third said the pole. I say there is none!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought M.C. Higgins, the Great was a good book. Especially if you like adventrous books. Then you definitely should consider reading it. It's about this boy and his family who lives on Sarah's Mountain. There is a spoil heap sliding down and MC is afraid that it is gonna hit their house. So he is trying to figure out what to do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To me M.C Higgins, the Great was an alright book if you like books about adventure, then you love this book. I couldn't really get in this book.This book was about a young boy named M.C. Higgins who's best friend was a pole. he also haves a friend called Ben who is wierd and so is his family.But you have to read if you want to know what the wierd thing is.he also meets a girl he haves a crush on, and he gets jelous because she hangs around ------ more than she hangs around M.C.
Guest More than 1 year ago
M.C. Higgins the Great was about a boy that was brave to do almosr anything. His family didn't get along with the Killburns. M.C. didn't agree with that because his bestwas Killburn. M.C. was intersing a girl that bring the dude that came to get his mother. M.C. mother could singing very well. M.C. wanted his mother to be a star singer. M.C. and his father had to build something to stop the heap from falling on their house but they diidn't know what that was going to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
M.C. Higgins the Great was about a brave african american boy who was very brave. I had many favorite parts that was interesting to me. One of my favorite parts was when M.C. and Lurehetta jumped into the tunnel and almost drowned. Another part that I liked was the part when Mr. Kilburn and Jones were arguing and and Lurehetta didn't like the fact that they disliked people because of their religion. And thats my review of the book M.C. Higgins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mayo Cornelius Higgans lives on sarahs moutain as he sits on his 40 foot pole he greets the sun rise soon he will meet two people one who can get him from under the spoil and the other has a freedom M.C has longed for
Guest More than 1 year ago
M.C. higgins is a boy who lives on Sarah's Mountain who has a friend named Ben Killburn who lives on Kill's Mound. The fate of friendship will be decided.
Guest More than 1 year ago
M.C Higgings the great was not a very good book. It has some good parts like when M.C was running through the fog. I kind of recommen this book. It not the best book I read.