Zeely

By Virginia Hamilton; Symeon Shimin (Illustrator)
(Aladdin Paperbacks, Paperback, 9781416914136, 122pp.)

Publication Date: April 2006

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"We'll spend the whole summer on the farm with Uncle Ross. I ought to make up something special just because we've never ever gone alone like this!" And the first thing Elizabeth does is give herself and her younger brother, John, new names -- Geeder and Toeboy.

The farm is special too, with its pump house, pond, and especially the prize razorback hogs that belong to Nat Tayber and his daughter, Zeely. Zeely Tayber is tall and dignified, unlike anyone else in the small town. Geeder is fascinated. And when she finds a picture of a Watutsi queen who looks like she could be Zeely's twin, Geeder knows she is in the presence of royalty.




About the Author
Virginia Hamilton (1934-2002) was the author of over forty books for children, young adults, and their older allies. Throughout a career that spanned four decades, Hamilton earned numerous accolades for her work, including nearly every major award available to writers of youth literature. In 1974, "M.C. Higgins, the Great" earned Hamilton the National Book Award, the Newbery Medal (which she was the first African-American author to receive), and the "Boston Globe-Horn ""Book" Award, three of the field's most prestigious awards. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition bestowed on a writer of books for young readers, in 1992, and in 1995 became the first children's book author to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, or "Genius Award." She was also the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award.

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