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At its core is the reconciliation M. The book has been translated into many languages, including Japanese and German, and was made into a movie in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Higgins, the Great. National Book Foundation. Retrieved High above them all, he loves to sit upon his pole, watching his piece of the world and dreaming of what lies beyond.

There is a good lesson of acceptance in M. Higgins, particularly within the last few chapters. To form one's own opinion, rather than letting others' opinions sway your own, is what every one of us must learn to do. Some of us just learn this lesson sooner than others. Knowing this book won a Newberry Award, I felt sure I would enjoy reading this children's book. It is considered suitable for grades but I wonder if it would hold their attention. I struggled to stay on task with this book. I found the story tended to wander, the plot felt somewhat weak, and I grew weary of it. I did complete it and had to wonder, did I expect too much?

Perhaps today's readers expect more action, more mystery, more depth in character. This one just wasn't for me. Aug 27, Emily rated it it was ok Shelves: newbery. This is a story of a boy M. HIggins growing up on a mountain in basic isolation from anyone but his family. His mother's a great singer and "the dude" comes to maybe record her voice and take them off the mountain.

But she leaves and honestly I didn't see the point to her even being in the story at all. I could not stand most of it and just didn't get the rest of it. Also-if he This is a story of a boy M. Also-if he referenced the "dude" one more time I was pretty sure I was going to do something drastic. I hate stuff like that-use a different word!!!!! Also, is M. I didn't think the book did a very good job of working with the bordering on supernatural elements of the story. It's over pages and yet just takes place over 2 days so there is a lot of description and a LOT of "in your head" kind of dialogue.

It was just too much for me. I read this book twice because it's just so beautiful. It is intended for young adults, but it may be too sophisticated for many readers young or old. The main character lives on the side of a mountain that his grandmother claimed when she fled slavery. The mountain is being stripped for minerals and is threatening to collapse. But his family refuse to leave-- this home is their heritage. What else will they have? Every scene is rich with metaphor. No character is saintly which is often the cas I read this book twice because it's just so beautiful. No character is saintly which is often the case with "topical" work.

An interesting story; a poetic style of writing. Feb 19, Adriel rated it it was ok Shelves: newbery-medal , award-winner. This is the kind of book that teachers assign kids that make them hate to read award winning books. It is clear that no kids sit on the award committees. I tried to like it, really, but I couldn't make it though for chapters.

It was clear from the beginning nothing was going to happen like M. I found the setting so strange, I needed a nap and some photographs to feel like I could understand the place they lived. I'm confused. Jan 29, Ann rated it it was amazing. Last year, I read all of Mildred Taylor's Logan family saga in chronological order rather than by publication date. That was an awesome experience! In truth, the national celebration 'for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora' just gives me a chance to read and revisit these remarkable works for young readers.

So I started with M. It is an excellent and most unusual book. Unusual in that the setting and structure is not what most readers would expect. I was reminded of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. I hope I am not misunderstanding or misusing this. Higgins, The Great. Is Mayo Cornelius Higgins a likable character? His goading and begging can be annoying at times. His initial treatment of the girl he falls in love with is negligible, to say the least. He hunts her down at night and cuts her back with a knife. But this young man who sits on top of a flag poll he can easily manipulate, and who worries that his father Jones does not take seriously the threat of slag-heap from strip mining eventually destroying their home and way of life on Sarah's Mountain, becomes part of the reader's imagination.

Climbing over man-made huge spider webs and meeting "witchy people" with six digits on their hands and feet seems less like 'magical realism' and more like a way of living and seeing that most of us have not experienced before. Hamilton uses vernacular--"there's where the dude come from. It's a stunning achievement. This Newbery Award-winning book is not for everyone. Action, intense drama and humor all are absent from this slow-moving tale in which reality, daydreams, internal-dialogs and seemingly telepathic communication add up to a thought-provoking novel that probes the fear-powered mythologies people create.

By examining how action is paralyzed and potentially rewarding relationships are poisoned, Hamilton helps readers understand how their own internalized narratives guide, and possibly misguide, the This Newbery Award-winning book is not for everyone. By examining how action is paralyzed and potentially rewarding relationships are poisoned, Hamilton helps readers understand how their own internalized narratives guide, and possibly misguide, their own lives.

Thirteen-year-old M. Ben was never to touch M.

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C, with his hands and risk losing his only friend. Even though all the characters in the book but two are either Higgins or Killburns, this story is far richer than a mere history of the conflict between the families and it is the other two characters, both wanderers, who serve as the catalysts to M.


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So I should start by saying I listed to this as an audiobook, and I have a terrible attention span when it comes to audiobooks. I know I zoned out for parts of it, but I was getting really tired of skipping back to catch what I missed. The book takes place over the course of a few days in the life of M. Higgins, a boy living in the hills near the Ohio river. Over the course of these few days quite a bit happens.

At first I thought the book was going to be about strip mining and the loss of the So I should start by saying I listed to this as an audiobook, and I have a terrible attention span when it comes to audiobooks. At first I thought the book was going to be about strip mining and the loss of the beauty of the natural world, because that is what was focused on in the beginning.

But then MC meets a traveling man who has come to record his mother's excellent singing voice, so I thought the book was going to be about this. But then MC meets this stranger girl wandering through the woods, so for a while the book is about their strange relationship. And also there is this pole that MC always sits on. Just a tall, stationary pole with a bike seat on top that his father gave him as a present for swimming the Ohio There were a few things I liked about this book.

I liked the setting and the sense of place the book creates. I had moments where I liked the complicated nature of MC's character. Mostly, however, I was bored, and mostly I really didn't like MC at all. I had a really hard time getting over the fact that when he met this girl in the woods, who later becomes a friend of sorts he pins her down, cuts her back with a knife, and kisses her. I found it incredibly disturbing. Another disappointing Newbery winner. May 21, Susan rated it did not like it Shelves: environment , newbery , audiobook , poverty , friendship , family , diverse-characters , mg.

Welp, this enters that fairly slim group of Newbery winners that I just hated. The characters of M. I had always incorrectly assumed that this book was about race to at least some degree, but the charac Welp, this enters that fairly slim group of Newbery winners that I just hated. I had always incorrectly assumed that this book was about race to at least some degree, but the characters' race was really completely inconsequential to the plot. And, in fact, rather than the prejudice you might be expected to see directed against the African American Higgins family during the time period when the book is set, we actually see the Higginses demonstrating considerable prejudice against another local family who they believe are "witchy.

I just cannot visualize this pole, with its bike pedals, and every time M. Another thing that really didn't help my experience of this book was the audiobook's narrator, whose voice and presentation I just did not like. Anyway, not my cup of tea, and not one I suspect I will ever be recommending. Feb 10, Lilly rated it it was ok Shelves: newbery-winners.

I'm working my way through Newbery winners and as sometimes occurs I'm wondering what the hype is all about. The only thing I can think is that is was diverse and progressive for the time it was written. There were probably few books about African American families in Appalachia. It does introduce some important themes, such as Appalachian culture, strip mining and coming of age.

However, I just wasn't satisfied with how any of these themes were handled. The only part that seemed to be truly dea I'm working my way through Newbery winners and as sometimes occurs I'm wondering what the hype is all about. The only part that seemed to be truly dealt with was M. However, I felt like the characters were hard to like, from cocky and bossy M.

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Higgins' narrow minded attitude. Also the book was filled with cliches about superstitious mountain people and weird inbred families. I'm sure it was an insightful book in the s but there are many better books that cover these topics and aspects of our culture without the cliches. I don't get this book. At all. From what I understand, it's about a boy who likes to sit on top of a tall pole on a mountain while looking down at a girl in the forest and yelling at her.

So you can see why getting through this book became more about Freudian analysis than enjoying the characters and their adventures. Because yeah, he also goes through an underwater tunnel with a girl he likes. Can it be anymore obvious? I would never have considered this a book for children. Yes, it's about a thi I don't get this book. But that doesn't mean any child or early teen will have any interest in this book.

Sep 16, Catherine rated it did not like it Shelves: newberry , did-not-finish. This is the second Newberry I've abandoned in the last week. I expect a lot from a Newberry and this doesn't deliver. I don't care for the main character - a jerk who thinks it's okay to force girls to kiss him. I also struggled with the writing. I found the descriptions hard to follow.

Sep 21, Melanie rated it did not like it Shelves: newbery-books. This book is seriously dull. My teacher made us read it, even though she thought it so boring that she didn't even finish it herself. Higgins sits on his pole and contemplates the slag heap threatening his house.

The end. Nov 13, Lindsay rated it did not like it.