NAME: Virginia Hamilton
hometown...Yellow Springs, Ohio (Greene County)
DIED: February 19, 2002
Hamilton is a renowned author of books for young people. Her first book, Zeely, was published in 1967. Some (just some) of her awards and honors include the Ohioana Literary Award, the John Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Coretta Scott King Award. She was the first African American author to win the Newbery Medal, for M.C. Higgins, the Great.