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  • Bibliography:
    38 Books (1 Series)
  • First Book:
    September 1968
  • Latest Book:
    October 2021
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Full Series List in Order

Justice Cycle

1 - Justice and Her Brothers (1978)
2 - Dustland (Apr-1980)
3 - The Gathering (Apr-1981)

Book List in Order: 38 titles



  • A family tries to unravel the secrets of their new home which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad in this Edgar Award"winning book from Virginia Hamilton.The house held secrets, Thomas knew, even before he first saw it looming gray and mass...



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    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 th...



  • A girl and her twin brothers discover their special powers in the first of a fantasy series by the Newbery Medal–winning author of M.C. Higgins, the Great. For Justice and her identical twin brothers Levi and Thomas, the summer begins like...



  • """We''ll spend the whole summer on the farm with Uncle Ross. I ought to make up something special just because we''ve never ever gone alone like this!"" And the first thing Elizabeth does is give herself and her younger brother, John, new names -- G...





  • Justice, her two brothers, and a neighbor-the “First Unit”-bound by extraordinary mental powers, time-travel to a distant future where all is dust and the powerful beast Miacis rules. Jealousy threatens to destroy the unit and trap them forever i...



  • In the third book of The Justice Cycle by an award-winning author, four youths with special powers battle an evil force known as Mal as they lead the Slakers out of the Dustland and into a high-tech city of domes. Reprint....



  • One long time ago, Pretty Pearl god child lived high on a mountaintop in Africa with all other gods. Curious about mankind and itching to show off her powers, she came down off the mountain with her brother, know-all best god John de Conquer, and ...



  • Why had he come to her, with his dark secrets from a long-ago past? What was the purpose of their strange, haunting journeys back into her own childhood? Was it to help Dab, her retarded older brother, wracked with mysterious pain who sometimes t...










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    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...



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    MISS PERFECT Cammy loves her family--except for her cousin Patty Ann. Though she knows she shouldn't feel this way, she can't help it. Patty Ann is too perfect to like, too perfect to be a friend. Then one day something terrible happens, somethin...





  • Virginia Hamilton has once again brought her well-loved trickster, the invisible Jahdu, to life in this updated collection of eleven previously published, and four newly created, stories. Jahdu is based on a centuries-old folklore tradition, yet the ...



  • Now in Laurel-Leaf, Virginia Hamilton's powerful true account of the sensational trial of a fugitive slave.

    The year is 1854, and Anthony Burns, a 20-year-old Virginia slave, has escaped to Boston. But according to the Fugitive Slave Act, a ru...



  • “THE PEOPLE COULD FLY,” the title story in Virginia Hamilton’s prize-winning American Black folktale collection, is a fantasy tale of the slaves who possessed the ancient magic words that enabled them to literally fly away to freedom. And it is...



  • Receiving word that the father she has always claimed died in Vietnam is alive and well, tall, feisty Buhlaire Sims slips away from her blues-singing mother and sets out to find him. By the author of Drylongso. ...



  • A portrait of endangered rainforest animals of South America describes their struggles to survive and find suitable habitats as they journey from the pineapple fields and cattle ranches that were once their home....






  • A collection of twenty-five African-American folktales focuses on strong female characters and includes "Little Girl and Bruh Rabby," "Catskinella," and "Annie Christmas." By the author of The People Could Fly. ...



  • Based on African-American folktales told in the South during the plantation era, a collection of stories originally gathered by journalist Martha Young pays tribute to the human spirit in the face of terrible hardship....



  • Twelve-year old Buhlaire Sims, a racially mixed child who feels out of place in her community, struggles to unearth her past and her family history as she gradually discovers more and more about her long-missing father. SLJ. K. PW. ...



  • Thomas must keep the treasure of Dies Dear from landing in the wrong hands, but there are many secrets beneath Drear House, and not everyone can be trustedThomas Small and his best friend Pesty Darrow have been keeping the secret of the vast treasure...



  • Lindy and her family are suffering through a long drought. Then the mystical Drylongso teaches them the secrets of finding water hidden in the earth. “Drylongso is a hypnotic, joyful story from a distinguished writer--one that, with the help of Jer...



  • Here is a wonderful gift for any young reader--a boxed set of three highly acclaimed, immensely popular Newbery Medal-winning books. The set includes M.C. Higgins, the Great, by Virginia Hamilton; From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,...



  • Twelve-year-old Jason Bell waits impatiently for Christmas 1890. Set against the carefully researched background life of a middle-class black family in Ohio a century ago, “Hamilton’s story moves along at an elegant pace, giving readers time to s...



  • Newbery Medalist Virginia Hamilton and National Book Award-winner Barry Moser join forces to tell 11 humorous trickster tales from the story ring of the slave trade. Following the migration of stories during the Plantation Era, Hamilton presents read...



  • As her all-black high school becomes more racially mixed, Talley Barbour befriends a white girl who shares her passion for running and she becomes romantically involved with a handsome white classmate who is a drug dealer. Reprint....



  • In the eagerly awaited sequel to Cousins, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, cousins Cammy Coleman and Eloise Odie are forced to confront their family's secrets when their second cousins arrive from New York City....






  • Dreenie Douglas's journal revolves around a girl in her fifth grade class called Bluish. Dreenie's fascination with Bluish becomes all consuming, causing her moods to be based on her interactions with the pale girl. Bluish is Dreenie's escape from ta...



  • Newbery Medalist Virginia Hamilton presents a novella that brings together the slave past and multi-generational present life of a young girl in Ohio.

    From picking berries with her cousins to surviving a tornado to being dissed by a white, big...



  • FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. 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....



  • In the vein of her distinctive African American folktales from collections like HER STORIES comes a thrillingly creepy witch tale from award-winning author Virginia Hamilton, with art by Barry Moser. Virginia Hamilton draws upon her extensive knowled...



  • In rural Ohio in 1938, twelve-year-old Willie Bea prepares for Halloween -- and an alien invasion! Halloween is Willie Bea’s favorite holiday. Her relatives always visit, and everyone cooks, bakes, and tells stories. Best of all, the kids get to...



  • Rediscover America's most honored writer of children's literature in this deluxe collector's edition of her finest work: five classic novels about African American young people confronting the world and its many challengesPlaying out themes of me...



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    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 mo...



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    Already a leader in New York's underground world of homeless children, Buddy Clark takes on the responsibility of protecting the overweight, emotionally disturbed friend with whom he has been playing hooky from eighth grade all semester....


Award-Winning Books by Virginia Hamilton

Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave
1988 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award -- Nonfiction
Her Stories
1996 Coretta Scott King Award -- Author
The House of Dies Drear
1969 Edgar Allan Poe Award -- Juvenile
M.C. Higgins, the Great
1975 Newbery Medal -- Children's
The People Could Fly
1986 Coretta Scott King Award -- Author
Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush
1983 Coretta Scott King Award -- Author


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Virginia Hamilton has published 38 books.

Virginia Hamilton does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, Five Novels, was published in October 2021.

The first book by Virginia Hamilton, The House of Dies Drear, was published in September 1968.

Yes. Virginia Hamilton has 1 series.