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Anthony Burns

by Virginia Hamilton

The true story of a young man struggling for freedom at the dawn of the Civil War Anthony Burns is a runaway slave who has just started to build a life for himself in Boston. Then his former owner comes to town to collect him. Anthony won't go willingly, though, and people across the city step forward to make sure he's not taken. Based on the true story of a man who stood up against the Fugitive Slave Law, Hamilton's gripping account follows the battle in the streets and in the courts to keep Burns a citizen of Boston--a battle that is the prelude to the nation's bloody Civil War.

Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave

by Virginia Hamilton

A biography of the slave who escaped to Boston in 1854, was arrested at the instigation of his owner, and whose trial caused a furor between abolitionists and those determined to enforce the fugitive slave acts.

Arilla Sun Down

by Virginia Hamilton

Struggling for a sense of identity as an Amerind -- part African American, part Native American -- twelve-year-old Arilla Adams is unable to identify with a single race like her older brother, Jack.

Arilla Sun Down

by Virginia Hamilton

An American Library Association Notable Book and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year:Twelve-year-old Arilla goes on a quest to discover who she is and where she fits into her family--and the world Arilla Adams is tired of being the moon to her older brother's sun. Sixteen-year-old Jack has rejected being part of an interracial family and identifies only with his Native American heritage. But Arilla, also part African American and part Native American, isn't so sure where she belongs. She knows there are people who care about her. Old James False Face tells her stories. Her mom, who's as beautiful as a queen, wants Arilla to learn to dance. And her classmate Angel Diovalad, the star of the girls' basketball team, tells her secrets about the boy she loves, whom she meets with on the sly. Arilla also has secrets: She sneaks out to the roller rink to practice figure skating. And she's afraid of horses. But she's about to discover her inner courage on a daring rescue mission that will transform her relationship with her family and earn her the name Arilla Sun Down.

Bluish

by Virginia Hamilton

Natalie is different from the other kids in Dreenie's fifth-grade class. She comes to school in a wheelchair, always wearing a knitted hat. The kids in the class call Natalie "Bluish" because her skin is pale and tinted blue from chemotherapy.

Bluish

by Virginia Hamilton

All of the kids at school stay away from "Bluish," but when Dreenie and Tuli learn to see beyond her differences, they discover a true friend Ten-year-old Natalie is different from the other kids at her New York City magnet school: She is often absent, wears a knit cap, and uses a wheelchair. Her classmates have nicknamed her "Bluish" because her pale skin is tinted blue from chemotherapy. Dreenie is fascinated by and a bit frightened of Bluish--she watches her from afar and writes about her in her journal. As the school year progresses, Dreenie and her friend Tuli learn to see beyond Bluish's differences and discover a fiercely independent, spirited girl who isn't so different from them after all. But it's not easy being friends with someone who's sick, and Dreenie doesn't always know how to act. Hamilton delivers a lesson of compassion and demonstrates the power of friendship to overcome even the most trying of situations.

Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl

by Virginia Hamilton

Bruh Rabbit may indeed have met his match when he comes across a tar baby in the middle of the road. The baby's deaf, dumb and blind attitude infuriates the plucky trickster, just as Wolf planned! When Bruh Rabbit gets entangled in the tar baby's sticky embrace, has he finally been foiled by his long-time enemy? Certainly not, if Wolf falls for Bruh Rabbit's clever reverse-psychology and flings the wily rabbit into the briar patch.

Cousins

by Virginia Hamilton

Cammy's only trouble in life is a cousin named Patty Ann who overshadows her in every way--until suddenly, Patty Ann is no longer around Cammy has a happy life and a great family, except for one little problem: a cousin who thinks she's better than everyone else. It's true that Patty Ann is beautiful, talented, and bright, but to Cammy she's also vain, conceited, and mean-spirited. Sometimes Cammy wishes that Patty Ann would disappear, just vanish in a puff of smoke. But when the unthinkable happens and Patty Ann is lost forever, Cammy struggles to atone for her bad feelings toward someone so close.

Cousins

by Virginia Hamilton

Cammy loves her family, except her cousin Patty Ann, who's too perfect. Then something terrible happens, and Cammy learns the truth about Patty Ann.

Drylongso

by Virginia Hamilton

As a great wall of dust moves across their drought-stricken farm, a family's distress is relieved by a young man called Drylongso, who literally blows into their lives with the storm.

Dustland

by Virginia Hamilton

Their psychic power brought them to Dustland together. But will that same power tear them apart?Using their psychic abilities, Justice, the Watcher, Dorian, the healer, Thomas, the magician, and Levi, the sufferer, have formed their unit. Together, they mind-travel to a strange future world called Dustland. Together, they can survive anything. But when tensions run high between Thomas and Justice, will Thomas leave them stranded in this desolate land? With the future of their unit uncertain, the children are threatened by an even greater danger: Mal, the evil entity that controls Dustland. Will the unit be restored in time to fight against this new threat? Dustland is the second book of Virginia Hamilton's dystopian fantasy series, the Justice Trilogy, comprised of Justice and Her Brothers, Dustland, and The Gathering. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Virginia Hamilton including rare photos from the author's estate.

Dustland (The Justice Cycle #2)

by Virginia Hamilton

Thomas, Dorian, Justice, and Levi are bound together by their extrasensory powers. They journey to a future land where three-legged, humanlike creatures desperately seek water and a way out of their barren world. When jealousy tears the young people apart, survival -- and finding a way back to the present -- becomes the ultimate challenge.

The Gathering

by Virginia Hamilton

Justice and the First Unit travel to Dustland once again. Can they destroy evil and save the future world? Knowing they have unfinished business in the future, Justice, the Watcher, Thomas, the magician, Levi, the sufferer, and Dorian, the healer, again combine to form their unit and time-travel to Dustland. The unit hopes to guide the beings of Dustland out of the dangerous, barren place in the hopes of finding a safer home. But neither the unit nor the inhabitants of Dustland are truly safe as long as the sinister Mal remains in power. Will the unit be able to overcome Mal once and for all? The Gathering is the third and final installment of Virginia Hamilton's dystopian fantasy series, the Justice Trilogy, comprised of Justice and Her Brothers, Dustland, and The Gathering. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Virginia Hamilton including rare photos from the author's estate.

The Girl Who Spun Gold

by Virginia Hamilton

In this West Indian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story, Lit'mahn spins thread into gold cloth for the king's new bride.

The House of Dies Drear

by Virginia Hamilton

In Virginia Hamilton's Edgar Award-winning novel, teenager Thomas Small and his family must uncover the haunting historical legacy of their Civil War-era house Shortly after moving into an old, spooky home, thirteen-year-old Thomas Small and his family start hearing strange noises. The house has a past, and when Thomas discovers a hidden passageway that may have been part of the Underground Railroad, the family realizes the house has a history as well. To find out all there is to know about the House of Dies Drear, Thomas must explore secret rooms--and the secrets of lives lived centuries before, lives that tell the story of America's troubled early years.

The House of Dies Drear and Related Readings

by Virginia Hamilton

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The House of Dies Drear (The Dies Drear Chronicles #1)

by Virginia Hamilton

The house held secrets, Thomas knew, even before he first saw it, looming gray and massive on its ledge of rock. It had a century-old legend -- two fugitive slaves had been killed by bounty hunters after leaving its passageways, and Dies Drear himself, the abolitionist who had made the house into a station on the Underground Railroad, had been murdered there. The ghosts of the three were said to walk its rooms....

In The Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World

by Virginia Hamilton

A thought-provoking collection of twenty-five stories that reflect the wonder and glory of the origins of the world and humankind. With commentary by the author. "A must for mythology shelves. "--Booklist

Justice and Her Brothers

by Virginia Hamilton

An eleven-year-old and her older twin brothers struggle to understand their super sensory powers.

Justice and Her Brothers

by Virginia Hamilton

Justice's brother Thomas can control people with his mind. But does Justice have special powers, too?For Justice and her identical twin brothers Levi and Thomas, the summer begins like any other. But as the slow days pass, Justice begins to notice a strange energy between her brothers, beyond their normal twin connection. Thomas becomes increasingly bossy and irritable, while Levi seems weak and absentminded. And there are changes happening within Justice, as well. Soon she discovers that she possesses a mysterious, extraordinary ability. Will Justice and her brothers uncover the secret behind their newfound powers? Justice and Her Brothers is the first book in Virginia Hamilton's compelling dystopian fantasy series, the Justice Trilogy, comprised of Justice and Her Brothers, Dustland, and The Gathering. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Virginia Hamilton including rare photos from the author's estate.

The Justice Trilogy

by Virginia Hamilton

In this dystopian fantasy series, four children must uncover the secrets of their magical powers Justice and Her BrothersFor Justice and her identical twin brothers Levi and Thomas, the summer begins like any other. But as the slow days pass, Justice begins to notice a strange energy between her brothers, beyond their normal twin connection. Thomas becomes increasingly bossy and irritable, while Levi seems weak and absentminded. And there are changes happening within Justice, as well. Soon she discovers that she possesses a mysterious, extraordinary ability. Will Justice and her brothers uncover the secret behind their newfound powers? DustlandUsing their psychic abilities, the four children have formed a unit: Justice, the Watcher; Dorian, the healer; Thomas, the magician; and Levi, the sufferer. Together, they mind-travel to a strange future world called Dustland. And together they can survive anything. But when tensions run high between Thomas and Justice, will Thomas leave them stranded in this desolate land? With the future of their unit uncertain, the children are threatened by an even greater danger: Mal, the evil entity that controls Dustland. Will they unite in time to fight against this new threat? The GatheringJustice, the Watcher; Thomas, the magician; Levi, the sufferer; and Dorian, the healer, know they have unfinished business in the future. They join together once again and time-travel to Dustland. The unit hopes to guide the beings of Dustland out of the dangerous, barren place in the hopes of finding a safer home. But neither the unit nor the inhabitants of Dustland are truly safe as long as the sinister Mal remains in power. Will the four children be able to overcome Mal once and for all?

M.C. Higgins, The Great

by Virginia Hamilton

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 theBoston Globe/Horn BookAward. It is truly an American classic. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 4-5 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

M.C. Higgins, the Great

by Virginia Hamilton

Hamilton's classic coming-of-age tale: The National Book Award- and Newbery Award-winning novel about a young man who must choose between supporting his tight-knit family and pursuing his own dreams Mayo Cornelius Higgins perches on top of a homemade forty-foot tower, considering two destinies. Behind him is his family's beloved house at the foot of a mountain that strip mining has reduced to loose rubble. In front of him, the beautiful Ohio River Valley and the great world beyond. As M.C. weighs whether to stay with the family and home he loves or set off into the world on his own, there appear on the horizon two strangers who will make his decision all the more difficult.

The Mystery of Drear House (The Dies Drear Chronicles #2)

by Virginia Hamilton

A black family living in the house of long-dead abolitionist Dies Drear must decide what to do with his stupendous treasure, hidden for one hundred years in a cavern near their home.

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