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M. C. Higgins, the Great
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First edition
Author Virginia Hamilton
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's novel
Publisher Macmillan (US)
Hamish Hamilton (UK)
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover & paperback)
Pages 278 pp
ISBN 0027424804
OCLC 312852502
LC Class PZ7.H1828 Mac

M. C. Higgins, the Great, first published in 1974, is a realistic novel by Virginia Hamilton that won the 1975 Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature. It also won the National Book Award in category Children's Books and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; it was the first book to do so, and only one other book has done so since (Holes, by Louis Sachar).

M.C. Higgins is a bildungsroman (coming-of-age novel) that covers three eventful days in the life of teenager Mayo Cornelius Higgins. It is set in the Appalachian Mountains on Sarah's Mountain, a fictional mountain in Kentucky, near the Ohio River, that is being encroached upon by a mining company. The book highlights the strange, almost surreal customs of the hill people, including their traditions of song and superstition. At its core is the reconciliation M.C. must make between tradition and change.

Translations and adaptations

The book has been translated into many languages, including Japanese and German, and was made into a movie in 1986.

Preceded by
The Slave Dancer
Newbery Medal recipient
Succeeded by
The Grey King
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