Search Results: "Virginia Hamilton"


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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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THE GATHERING by Virginia Hamilton
ADVENTURE
Released: April 6, 1981

"We never actually see any crisis or confrontation in the tightly controlled domity; and we never actually see the questions raised by the society's Master Plan played out in action."
In the final volume of Hamilton's thoughtful but disappointing "Justice" trilogy, the four psychic children once more form the "first unit" and travel through the Crossover to the desolate future Dustland. Read full book review >

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SECOND COUSINS by Virginia Hamilton
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Along with the strong story line, readers will be absorbed both by the author's language (alternately slangy and poetic), and by the complex emotional and conversational textures."
Affirming the value of existing family ties as she perceptively explores the formation of new ones, Hamilton elaborates on themes from Cousins (1990) with a populous sequel. 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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Released: Aug. 1, 1974

"Hamilton is at her best here; the soaring but firmly anchored imagery, the slant and music of everyday speech, the rich and engaging characters and warm, tough, wary family relationships, the pervasive awareness of both threat and support connected with the mountain — all mesh beautifully in theme and structure to create a sense of organic belonging."
Virginia Hamilton goes home again to the hill country, where Sarah's mountain has belonged to M.C.'s family ("and them to it") ever since an ancestor fleeing slavery settled there with her infant. 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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ZEELY by Symeon Shimin
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1966

"Geeder does make the association and learns to truly appreciate Zeely in an interlude of growing up successfully captured here."
By the time you find out that Geeder (Elizabeth) and her younger brother Toeboy (John) are Negro it doesn't really matter anyway, although that fact is a part of their composite personalities and it does help to stress the extraordinary fascination Geeder felt for Zeely Taber. Read full book review >

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JAHDU by Virginia Hamilton
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 29, 1980

"Elusive."
"I'm a streak of light! I'm a trick-maker! 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 >

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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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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 >