Books Honored by the National Book Awards

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The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America. National Book Awards are given five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature.

The first African-American writer to win a National Book Award was Ralph Ellison for Invisible Man.

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One Book Honored by the National Book Awards in 1975

Winner - Children’s Books

M.C. Higgins, The Great
by Virginia Hamilton

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    List Price: $7.99
    Format: Paperback, 288 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    ISBN13: 9781416914075
    Imprint: Aladdin
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
    Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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    Book Description: 
    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 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 the kind of freedom that M.C. has never even considered.


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