M.C. Higgins, the Great

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About The Book

Discover this masterpiece from Virginia Hamilton that was the first book to win the Newberry, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award.

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.

About The Author

The recipient of nearly every major award and honor in her field, including the 1992 Hans Christian Anderson Award, Virgina Hamilton was the first African-American woman to be awarded the Newbery Medal, for M.C. Higgins The Great. Renowned as a storyteller, anthologist and lecturer as well as a novelist, Ms. Hamilton makes her home in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Awards and Honors

  • National Book Award Winner
  • ALA Newbery Medal
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • SLJ Best of the Best Books
  • Oregon Battle of the Books List
  • New York Times Outstanding Children's Books of The Year
  • Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
  • Boston Globe/Horn Book Award
  • Hans Christian Andersen Award, US Honor

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