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Virginia Hamilton Essay, Research Paper ?I never thought seriously of any other career?1, Virginia Hamilton said, speaking of being an author. Virginia Hamilton is a very talented African American Children?s author. She was born on March 12, 1936 in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Her Mother had lived in Yellow Springs since the late 1850?s. Virginia Hamilton said that she loves Yellow Springs. ?I live on land that has been in my family for generations?2 ?I love my hometown?3. She says, as a child, both of her parents were enthusiastic readers and gifted storytellers. Hamilton recalls that her mother could ?take a slice of fiction and polish it into a saga.?4 Virginia Hamilton is known for her wonderful ability to create mood, tension and to build individualistic and complex

characters. She also teaches the reader something whenever they read one of her books. These expressive qualities have led her to win 2 numerous awards such as the Newbery Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, the Edgar Allen Poe Award, the National Book Award and many others as well. She has also been awarded three honorary doctorates and is the only Children?s author to have been awarded a MacAuthor fellowship. In The House of Dies Drear and The Mystery of Drear House, Virginia Hamilton uses fictional stories with historic background to educate the reader about the Underground Railroad. The House of Dies Drear is a story about a family living in South Carolina. In the beginning of the book, they move to Ohio, to a giant mansion that supposedly ?held secrets?. The Small Family

found out that the house is known to the town as haunted. Throughout this book, the house does prove itself as having secrets. Thomas Small finds secret passageways, special rooms, tunnels and many other secrets used in the Underground Railroad. The Small family finds out that the house had a century-old legend, where two fugitive slaves, trying to escape, had been killed by bounty hunters. Also killed, was Dies Drear, the abolitionist who had made the house into a station 3 of the Underground Railroad. The ghosts are still said to walk the rooms of Drear House. When they get to their house, they meet new people like the Darrow?s and the scary land lord, Mr. Pluto, who Thomas thinks is the devil. While they were living in Drear House, it was obvious some one did not want them to

be there. They got many threats and damage to their house. In the end, Thomas and his Father stumble into Mr. Pluto?s underground lair. Mr. Pluto?s son is there, and they explain how the Darrow?s are trying to take over the treasure Mr. Pluto had. So, Thomas, his Father, Mr. Pluto, Mr. Pluto?s son, and some of their friends scared the Darrow?s away by dressing up as ghost slaves. This story teaches the reader a lot about slavery and the Underground Railroad, while also having an entertaining fictional plot. Virginia Hamilton says, of her book, ?I needed to know how men, women and children could travel hundreds of miles on foot through enemy land. I found out that they were brave beyond belief. Perhaps with this book I have at last touched them 4 the way they first touched me so

long ago.?5 One of the reasons she became so interested in the Underground Railroad is because her hometown was one of the stops. It is said that her Great Grandmother was a conductor. Family stories of slavery and freedom fascinated Hamilton, and in her books, she explores both historical and contemporary African American experiences. She also draws from her heritage, childhood and life experiences, and shares much of herself in her writing. ?Virginia Hamilton is one the country?s most versatile and spellbinding authors for young people.?6 The Mystery of Drear House is the sequel to The House of Dies Drear. In this book it is a lot like the first one, but just a little more deeper in detail. The reader gets to know the characters a little better. When Virginia Hamilton was