M.C. Higgins, the Great (Paperback)

By Virginia Hamilton

Aladdin Paperbacks, 9781416914075, 271pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2006



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.

Praise For M.C. Higgins, the Great

Nikki Giovanni The New York Times Book Review Virginia Hamilton has joined the forces of hope with the forces of dreams to forge a powerful story.

The Boston Globe Many books are described as absorbing, but this one is, truly, from its very first paragraph.

Chicago Sun Times The style is haunting and musical, and the characters walk through the reader's mind long after the book is over.

Horn Book Magazine ...A memorable picture of a young boy's growing awareness of himself and his surroundings.

Booklist A unique experience for mature readers.

Kansas City Star You'll cheat yourself if you assume this one is only for children.