M C Higgins the Great (M.C. Higgins the Great)

mc higgins the great

Winner of the 1975 Newbery Medal

Discover this masterpiece from Virginia Hamilton that was the first book to win the Newbery, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award.

Mayo Cornelius Higgins sits on his gleaming, forty-foot steel pole, towering over his home on Sarah’s Mountain. Stretched before him are rolling hills and shady valleys. But behind him lie the wounds of strip mining, including a mountain of rubble that may one day fall and bury his home.

M.C. dreams of escape for himself and his family. And, one day, atop his pole, he thinks he sees it—two strangers are making their way toward Sarah’s Mountain. One has the ability to make M.C.’s mother famous. And the other has the kind of freedom that M.C. has never even considered.---from the publisher

288 pages                                          978-1416914075                               Ages  10-13

Keywords:  African American, coming of age, mountains, heritage, bigotry, freedom, Newbery Medal, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old

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Other reviews:

This is the kind of book that teachers assign kids that make them hate to read award winning books. It is clear that no kids sit on the award committees. I tried to like it, really, but I couldn't make it though for chapters. It was clear from the beginning nothing was going to happen like M.C. thought it would. I found the setting so strange, I needed a nap and some photographs to feel like I could understand the place they lived.--from Adriel on Goodreads

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