Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays, and Conversations

Virginia Hamilton, Author, Arnold Adoff, Editor, Kacy Cook, Editor . Scholastic/Blue Sky $29.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-439-27193-6

For reference or casual enjoyment, these volumes offer extensive looks at children’s books and theircreators.

Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays, and Conversations Edited by Arnold Adoff and Kacy Cook . Scholastic/Blue Sky , $29.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-439-27193-6

This chronological collection of materials written by and about the acclaimed children’s book author forms an engaging portrait of an important figure. Her essays, speeches, and dialogues address such issues as racial identity in America, the role of a writer, and the influence of children’s literature (“I want to change the perception about young people,” she said in a 1993 lecture, “that generally they are not capable of enjoying complex stories”). Fans and scholars alike will value her intimate discussion of her craft in such beloved works as The Planet of Junior Brown and M.C. Higgins, the Great . Ages 10–up. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 12/14/2009
Release date: 02/01/2010
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