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 intern
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