Mc Higgins the Great Author:Virginia Hamilton As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M. C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.
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.