Search Results: "Virginia Hamilton"


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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 5, 1988

"Bibliography of sources; index; selections from the Fugitive Slave Act."
Part history, part fictionalized narrative: the story of a runaway slave who was returned from Boston to his master in Virginia under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Read full book review >

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JUSTICE AND HER BROTHERS by Virginia Hamilton
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 16, 1978

"Perhaps now that Hamilton has assembled her unit, we can look forward to its pioneering ventures."
This story of a psychically gifted eleven-year-old girl and her coming into her powers is the first in a trilogy, and much of the story, too, seems a setting-up for bigger things to come. Read full book review >

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COUSINS by Virginia Hamilton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 27, 1991

"Another wise, beautifully written book from this well-established master."
Cammy is first seen paying one of her regular visits to a nursing home to see her grandmother, Gram Tut, undeterred by rules that say children must be accompanied by adults. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: April 1, 1983

"As such, it is an impressive construction and, clearly, genuinely felt."
An ambitious work, aspiring to the mythic and mixing invention, black folklore and legend, and, it seems, Hamilton's own family history. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 17, 1983

"For kids, it won't be fatal; but it is too bad."
The Martians—of Orson Welles' famous 1938 broadcast—don't just queer Willie Bea's Halloween; they pretty much shatter Hamilton's keen, affecting drama of family relations. Read full book review >

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LIVING ON FIRE by Virginia Hamilton Adair
Released: March 1, 2000

"While the poet's directness and lack of mannerisms are admirable—rarely do these poems rely on literary or personal allusion, and when they do, Adair explains them in a note—her images and language, so vital to good poetry, are unimaginative and unmemorable."
Much fuss was made over Adair's debut volume (Ants on the Melon, 1996), published when she was 83. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1990

"Advise pleasure-readers to skip the notes, and researchers to consult better-documented material."
A collection of 24 myths and folk tales from a wide variety of traditions, plus one original story incorporating folk beliefs. Read full book review >

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EVERYBODY DUCK by Virginia Hamilton
Released: June 15, 1962

"A book guaranteed to stir wanderlust, though probably not for traveling in a duck."
Everybody is the saga of a family who drove from Huntington, Long Island, to Buenos Aires in a amphibious army "duck" at a maximum speed of 25 mph. Read full book review >

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A WHITE ROMANCE by Virginia Hamilton
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1987

"Hamilton demonstrates that a popular YA novel can also be a serious literary work of beauty, complexity and depth."
A much-honored author succeeds brilliantly at a new task—telling it like it is at an inner-city magnet school, where black Talley's best friend is white Didi Adair, in love with a drug addict. Read full book review >

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THE PLANET OF JUNIOR BROWN by Virginia Hamilton
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 1971

"This is not a story to be judged on grounds of probability, but one which makes its own insistent reality; it endures along with its promise long after the story ends."
Herewith — Junior Brown, a 300-pound musical prodigy who plays a silenced piano so as not to disturb his asthmatic, overprotective mother; Buddy Clark, his homeless friend and real protector, member of a city-wide network of "Tomorrow Billys" who care for needy street kids in underground "planets"; Mr. Pool, a compassionate teacher-turned-janitor who hides the boys for ten weeks in the school basement, where they construct a mechanized solar system instead of attending their eighth-grade classes; Miss Peebs, an aging music teacher who transmits to Junior her delusion of a filthy, diseased relative in her living room. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF DIES DREAR by Virginia Hamilton
FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1968

"Ideas abound, but when the focus shifts from Thomas' determination to take the measure of the house (literally and figuratively), the story becomes a charade."

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PLAIN CITY by Virginia Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Subtle, wise, complex— superb. (Fiction. 9-13)"
At 12, Bulaire has reason to ponder her identity; a bright, prickly loner, she wonders if her looks—changeable blue-green eyes, "golden Rasta twists," pale skin that summer tans "to near-chocolate lightly washed in burnt orange"—are why she's at odds with her darker friends and relatives. Read full book review >