M.C. Higgins gets 3 of 5 stars


M.C. Higgins, the Great

by Virginia Hamilton

3 out of 5 stars

Mayo Cornelius Higgins worries.  He worries about how his family is going to survive the strip mining that is going on above his family’s land.  He expects that any day the earth is going to give way and bury them.  

He dreams of a way to get his family out of there.  He thinks he has found a way through a stranger coming to listen to the singing of the mountain people.  M.C. knows his mother’s voice is the best around.  He hope the man will record it then take the family away to make M.C.’s mother a big star.  

 Another stranger also comes through.  One who needs more help – a teenage girl.  M.C. learns truths from both strangers.  Things that will help him change his future.

 This forty-year-old book is still interesting, but a bit slow moving for today’s young readers.  It tells of a time before TV and computers and of a place in the mountains that most of us are unfamiliar with. Good for the fifth or sixth grader up. 



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