Cousins by Virginia Hamilton

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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.

 

About Virginia Hamilton

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Virginia Hamilton was born March 12, 1934. She received a scholarship to Antioch College, and then went on to the Ohio State University in Columbus, where she majored in literature and creative writing. She also studied fiction writing at the New School for Social Research in New York. Her first children's book, Zeely, was published in 1967. During her lifetime, she wrote over 40 books including The People Could Fly; The Planet of Junior Brown; Bluish; Cousins; and the Dies Drear Chronicles. She was the first African American woman to win the Newbery Award, for M. C. Higgins, the Great. She has won numerous awards including three Newbery Honors, three Coretta Scott King Awards, an Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1995, and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1995. She was also the first children's author to receive a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 1995. She died from breast cancer on February 19, 2002 at the age of 67.
 
Published February 15, 2011 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween. 128 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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On a day-camp trip, while Cammy is in the complex throes of jealousy involving not only Patty Ann but Elodie, a more distant cousin whose mother is a migrant worker, Patty Ann drowns while saving Elodie from a flooding stream.

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Unable to keep relationships straight, Cammy decides to think of all the young new arrivals as second cousins--until Jahnina calls Cammy's own father "Daddy" and turns the world upside down.

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Hamilton fans who have wondered what happened to Cammy Coleman after the death of her cousin Patty Ann will find the answer in this sequel to Cousins, which introduces many new members of the Coleman clan.

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Time Out New York

The oily-lensed soft-focus of 'respectable' erotica merchant Hamilton more often looks like a badly processed Super-8 home movie, with playing and dialogue to match, and all the sexuality of a stale meringue.

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