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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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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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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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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JUNIUS OVER FAR by Virginia Hamilton
Released: April 24, 1985

"If, in the end, the strangers' sinister business sounds like a Cold War concoction, and if the ultimate disposition of the Rawlings property seems a little too good to be convincingly true, these details are peripheral and unimportant compared to Hamilton's clear-sighted handling of the Burtie connection and her vibrant family portrait."
One of Hamilton's more accessible and unforced novels, Junius Over Far celebrates a boy's love for his grandfather, a man's rediscovery of his roots, and an old man's dignity and belonging. Read full book review >

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ARILLA SUN DOWN by Virginia Hamilton
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 1976

"The resulting mesh gives the common theme of adolescent self-discovery a dazzling, uncommon impact."
Instead of one towering image like M. C. Higgins atop his gleaming pole, Arilla Sun Down is made up of a series of arresting scenes that are almost surreal in their visual intensity. 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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DUSTLAND by Virginia Hamilton
ADVENTURE
Released: April 21, 1980

"We leave Dustland still waiting for the trilogy to shape up as a story, and to reveal itself as the serious vision that seems to be promised."
At the close of Justice and Her Brothers (1978), four youngsters sat, hands clasped, poised for their first venture as the psychically powerful First Unit, harbinger of a race to come. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY OF DREAR HOUSE by Virginia Hamilton
FICTION
Released: March 16, 1987

"Hamilton's clean, spare style delights and surprises with its unexpected melodies and insights."
Winner of an impressive number of prizes, including a Newbery and two Coretta Scott King awards, Hamilton is at home in biography, folklore, and fantasy; here, in a sequel to The House of Dies Drear, she returns to realistic fiction with roots in the past of both family and place. 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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THE BELLS OF CHRISTMAS by Lambert Davis
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"An excellent addition to the author's fine oeuvre; a good readaloud."
For readers older than those of Howard's Chita's Christmas Tree (p. 990/C-166), another vivid account of the holiday as celebrated by a black family in comfortable circumstances years ago—in this case, in 1890 Ohio. Read full book review >