Plain City by Virginia Hamilton

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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.
 

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 1, 1997 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 208 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the end (as a January thaw--"not heat, just not freezing"--melts the ice), the truth sets Bulaire free to see her elders as they are and begin to make peace--with them and with herself and her mixed heritage.

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ISBN 0-590-47365-4 In a starred review, PW said, ``With exceptional grace and honesty, Hamilton sketches a vibrant portrait of a gifted 12-year-old of mixed race in search of her identity.'' Ages 12-up.

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Accented with rivertown dialect, the lyrical narrative will draw readers into the small community of Plain City, down to the bank of stilt houses where Buhlaire resides, to the dimly lit night club where she makes her singing debut, and all the way to the homeless shelter where bittersweet truths...

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