M.C. Higgins the Great
By Virginia Hamilton
Current Publisher: Aladdin Books (Simon & Schuster)
Digital Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media
Reading Level: Ages 8 & Up
Children's Books Finalists That Year:
- Natalie Babbitt for The Devil's Storybook
- Bruce Buchenholz for Doctor in the Zoo
- Bruce Clements for I Tell a Lie Every So Often
- James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier for My Brother Sam Is Dead
- Jason Laure and Ettagale Laure for Joi Bangla! The Children of Bangladesh
- Milton Meltzer for World of Our Fathers
- Milton Meltzer for Remember the Days
- Adrienne Richard for Wings
- Mary Stolz for The Edge of Next Year
- Jane Yolen for The Girl Who Cried Flowers and Other Tales
Children’s Books Winner That Year: Virginia Hamilton for M.C. Higgins the Great
Judges That Year: Lloyd Alexander, Betsy Hearne, Nat Hentoff
The Year in Literature: M.C. Higgins the Great by Virginia Hamilton also won the Newbery Medal.
- Virginia Hamilton was a Finalist for Children’s Books in 1972 for The Planet of Junior Brown and in 1983 for Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush.
- Over the course of her career Hamilton was awarded the Coretta-Scott King Award, the Boston-Globe Horn Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and many others.
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