MC Higgins the Great Author:Virginia Hamilton Winner of the Newbery Medal — Winner of the National Book Award — Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Fiction — An ALA Notable Book — 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 ... more »lie the wounds of strip mining, including a mountain of rubble that may one day fall and bury his home. M.C. dreams of escape for himself and his family. And, one day, atop his pole, he thinks he sees it -- two strangers are making their way toward Sarah's Mountain. One has the ability to make M.C.'s mother famous. And the other has a kind of freedom that M.C. has never even considered.« less
This book deserves high marks for its lyrical style, touching and relevant story and dynamic character conflicts.
In a nutshell, the story involves a coming of age for M.C.: there is conflict between old ways (e.g. superstitions/prejudices; regional culture vs. hopes for escape; father vs. son); there is a unique romantic subplot and an unusual, haunting friendship.
All in all, M.C. Higgins, the Great is a highly rewarding read for both adults and older kids.