M.C.'s family is rooted to the slopes of Sarah's Mountain. His great-grandmother escaped to the mountain as a runaway slave and made it her home. It bears her name, and her descendants have lived there ever since.
When M.C. looks out from atop the gleaming forty-foot pole that his father planted in the mountain for him -- a gift for swimming the Ohio River -- he sees only the rolling hills and shady valleys that stretch out for miles in front of him.
And M.C. knows why his father never wants his family to leave.
But when M.C. looks behind, he sees only the massive remains of strip mining -- a gigantic heap of dirt and debris perched threateningly on a cliff above his home.
And M.C. knows they cannot stay.
So when two strangers arrive in the hills, one bringing the promise of fame in the world beyond the mountains and the other the revelation that choice and action both lie within his grasp, M.C.'s life is changed -- forever.
In 1974, Virginia Hamilton dazzled the world with her powerful account of a young man's coming of age trapped between heritage of his mountain home and his desires for the future. Twenty-five years later, "M.C. Higgins, the Great" remains the only novel ever to win the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the "Boston Globe/Horn Book" Award.
It is truly an American classic.
Kansas City Star You'll cheat yourself if you assume this one is only for children. Booklist A unique experience for mature readers. Horn Book Magazine ...A memorable picture of a young boy's growing awareness of himself and his surroundings. Chicago Sun Times The style is haunting and musical, and the characters walk through the reader's mind long after the book is over. The Boston Globe Many books are described as absorbing, but this one is, truly, from its very first paragraph. 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.
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 25