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Virginia Hamilton: Five Novels (LOA #348) by Virginia Hamilton
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Virginia Hamilton: Five Novels (LOA #348) by Virginia Hamilton
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Sep 28, 2021 | ISBN 9781598537017

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“Last fall, the Library of America brought out a one-volume edition of five of Hamilton’s most celebrated YA novels; their tone is like nothing else I’ve read. Hamilton’s stories are suffused with off-kilter weirdness, humor and a sense of menace that her young characters intuit, but the adults around them have become numb to. That danger often has its roots in racism. . . . That’s how Hamilton’s novels read: fluid, inevitable and full of purpose.” —Maureen Corrigan, “FRESH AIR”

“LOA’s “Virginia Hamilton: Five Novels” ($35), a new, overdue celebration of the great ‘60s-’70s Young Adult author, returns you to middle-school book fairs and Scholastic ordering forms. Though she died in 2002, Hamilton — the first Black author to get a Newberry Medal for children’s books (and first children’s book author to land a MacArthur “genius” grant) — wrote about homeless, slavery, promise and folklore with a tenderness that reached beyond YA. Or, as she put it, the “Black of the Month Club.” These are, for lack of a better description, adult books for smart kids.” Chicago Tribune

“Virginia Hamilton was a master storyteller. Her characters always leap off the page, and her ear for Black voices was pitch perfect. M.C. Higgins, The Great is my personal favorite, but today’s young readers will find each of these novels a treasure, both right-on-time and timeless. Is that not the definition of a classic?”
—Nikki Grimes, author of Ordinary Hazards and Bronx Masquerade

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