Time Pieces: The Book of Times

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Scholastic Inc., 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 199 pages
From attending the circus with her family to surviving the death of her beloved collie, the daily life of Valena is drawn here with warmth and quiet humor. Hamilton has deftly woven together moments in time -- the present, the past, and hopes for the future -- in this gathering of time pieces that move backward and forward. Artfully quilted together, these pieces create a picture of family, schoolteachers, neighbors (good and bad), and a history of escaped slavery, as well as the strands of racism that seemingly permeate everything -- both directly and indirectly.

"Time Pieces: The Book of Times" reflects the power of Virginia Hamilton's accumulated years as a writer and a socially aware individual. With descriptions of Mary Cloud, Hamilton's Native-American great grandmother who escaped from slavery in Virginia with Hamilton's grandfather, Levi Perry, this work incorporates numerous autobiographical moments that will be familiar to Hamilton fans and will fascinate readers of all ages. Here is a memorable contribution to literature about contemporary African-American children, which will speak to today's readers -- of every background.

This final draft of "Time Pieces: The Book of Times" was finished shortly before Ms. Hamilton died of breast cancer in February.

 

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TIME PIECES: The Book of Times

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Drawing in part from her own memories, the late, much-honored author takes a child through a summer of high times and low, of anxious moments and long, lazy days, of loss, love, laughter, and ... Read full review

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This book is about a girl Valena, who is finding who she is, where she came from, and how she got to be who she is today. She first hears of her grandfathers story of how he traveled the underground ... Read full review

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Contents

My Dad Says to Me
1
The Day of the Bored Alice
6
Mrs Tate
20
The Greatest
30
The Womens Volunteer and Reckon Society
44
Dim Tunny
55
GA Peavy Tells a Tell
69
Why Valenas Uncle Rafe Went Down to Ripley
83
Time to Hold Tight
111
Things Change
134
The End Is the Beginning
149
Maud Free
159
A Maze
172
A NOTE ABOUT THIS BOOK
189
PARTIAL HARPERMCGILL FAMILY TREE
193
ALSO BY VIRGINIA HAMILTON
195

Proud Mary
90
Freight Train in the Green
104

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About the author (2002)

Virginia Hamilton was born March 12, 1934. She received a scholarship to Antioch College, and then transferred 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 and won the Nancy Bloch Award. During her lifetime, she wrote over 40 books including The People Could Fly, The Planet of Junior Brown, Bluish, Cousins, the Dies Drear Chronicles, Time Pieces, Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl, and Wee Winnie Witch's Skinny. 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 Award, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. 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.