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Virginia Hamilton was born March 12, 1934. She received a scholarship to Antioch College, and then transferred to the Ohio State University in Columbus, where she majored in literature and creative writing. She also studied fiction writing at the New School for Social Research in New York. Her first children's book, Zeely, was published in 1967 and won the Nancy Bloch Award. During her lifetime, she wrote over 40 books including The People Could Fly, The Planet of Junior Brown, Bluish, Cousins, the Dies Drear Chronicles, Time Pieces, Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl, and Wee Winnie Witch's Skinny. She was the first African American woman to win the Newbery Award, for M. C. Higgins, the Great. She has won numerous awards including three Newbery Honors, three Coretta Scott King Awards, an Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She was also the first children's author to receive a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 1995. She died from breast cancer on February 19, 2002 at the age of 67. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from M. C. Higgins, the Great… (more)
M. C. Higgins, the Great 2,321 copies, 25 reviews
The House of Dies Drear (Author) 1,505 copies, 16 reviews
Cousins 640 copies, 4 reviews
Zeely 581 copies, 4 reviews
The Planet of Junior Brown (Author) 474 copies, 4 reviews
Bluish 450 copies, 4 reviews
Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush 334 copies, 9 reviews
The Girl Who Spun Gold 308 copies, 26 reviews
The Mystery of Drear House 288 copies, 3 reviews
Drylongso 280 copies, 2 reviews
Plain City 233 copies, 4 reviews
Second Cousins 188 copies
Time Pieces 188 copies, 2 reviews
Justice and Her Brothers 169 copies, 1 review
Arilla Sun Down 165 copies, 2 reviews
Bruh Rabbit And The Tar Baby Girl 159 copies, 17 reviews
The Bells of Christmas 157 copies, 3 reviews
Dustland 125 copies
Jaguarundi 124 copies
The Gathering 108 copies
The All Jahdu Storybook 82 copies, 3 reviews
Wee Winnie Witch's Skinny 72 copies, 6 reviews
A White Romance 43 copies, 1 review
A Little Love 33 copies, 1 review
Paul Robeson 32 copies
Junius Over Far 22 copies
A Newbery Halloween (Contributor) 411 copies, 3 reviews
The Ghost Story Treasury (Contributor) 12 copies

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