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Publication Order of Cousins Books

Publication Order of Dies Drear Chronicles Books

The House of Dies Drear (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of Drear House (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Justice and Her Brothers Books

Justice and Her Brothers (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dustland (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gathering (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Zeely (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Planet of Junior Brown (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
M.C. Higgins, the Great (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arilla Sun Down (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jahdu (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Willie Bea and the Time the Martians Landed (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Little Love (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Junius Over Far (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
A White Romance (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bells of Christmas (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drylongso (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plain City (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jaguarundi (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bluish (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Spun Gold (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Pieces (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wee Winnie Witch's Skinny (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The People Could Fly (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

The Time-Ago Tales of Jahdu (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time-Ago Lost: More Tales of Jahdu (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Beginning (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Way (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The All Jahdu Storybook (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Her Stories (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Birds Could Talk And Bats Could Sing (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ring Of Tricksters (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
African American Folktales (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Paul Robeson (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
W. E. B. Du Bois: A Biography (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthony Burns (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Many Thousand Gone (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Speeches, Essays, And Conversations (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Harper Trophy Books

The Haunted Mountain (By: Mollie Hunter) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Stranger Came Ashore (By: Mollie Hunter) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Runaway to Freedom (By: Barbara Smucker) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Land I Lost (By: Huynh Quang Nhuong) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Jerry Pinkney as Illustrator Books

Tales from Africa (By: Jerry Pinkney,Lila Green) (0)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ugly Duckling (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1843)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Match Girl (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1845)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1894)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Education of Henry Adams (By: Jerry Pinkney,Henry Adams) (1918)Description / Buy at Amazon
Early Autumn (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flowering of New England (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lolita (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbit, Run (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year Around Book (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
This is Music for Kindergarten and Nursery School (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adeline McCall) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traveling Frog (By: Jerry Pinkney,V. M. Garshin) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Book of Shapes & Sizes (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beautiful Blue Jay, and other Tales of India (By: Jerry Pinkney,John W. Spellman) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Even Tiny Ants Must Sleep (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Clock Museum (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ken. Sobol) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Folktales and Fairytales of Africa (By: Jerry Pinkney,Lila Green) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shoes, Pennies, and Rockets (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ralph Alan Dale) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kostas the Rooster (By: Jerry Pinkney,Traudl) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Twin Witches of Fingle Fu (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Juano and the Wonderful Fresh Fish. (By: Jerry Pinkney,Thelma. Shaw) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Babushka and the Pig (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ann Trofimuk) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Porcupine and the Tiger (By: Jerry Pinkney,Fern Powell) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cora Annett's Homerhenry (By: Jerry Pinkney,Cora Annett) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King's Ditch (By: Jerry Pinkney,Francine Jacobs) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Planet of Junior Brown (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Femi and Old Grandaddie (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adjai Robinson) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
JD (By: Jerry Pinkney,Mari Evans) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kasho and the Twin Flutes. (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adjai Robinson) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prince Littlefoot (By: Jerry Pinkney,Berniece Freschet) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mickey and Minny (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Minu (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roots of Time (By: Jerry Pinkney,Margo Jefferson,Elliott P. Skinner) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Song of the Trees (By: Jerry Pinkney,Mildred D. Taylor) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wuthering Heights (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (By: Jerry Pinkney,Mildred D. Taylor) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yagua Days (By: Jerry Pinkney,Cruz Martel) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Winthrop Covenant (By: Jerry Pinkney,Louis Auchincloss) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gulliver's Travels (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected plays (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ji-Nongo-Nongo Means Riddles (By: Jerry Pinkney,Verna Aardema) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
History of Tom Jones a Founding (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir (By: Jerry Pinkney,Eloise Greenfield,Lessie Jones Little) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tonweya and the Eagles (By: Jerry Pinkney,Rosebud Yellow Robe) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
These Thirteen (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Count on Your Fingers African Style (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Covenant (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jahdu (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbit Redux (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monster Myths of Ancient Greece (By: Jerry Pinkney,William A. Wise) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Apples On A Stick (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barbara Michels,Bettye White) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Patchwork Quilt (By: Jerry Pinkney,Valerie Flournoy) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Half a Moon and One Whole Star (By: Jerry Pinkney,Crescent Dragonwagon) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Wild Sunflower Child Anna (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy White Carlstrom) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pop-Up: Strange Animals of the Sea (By: National Geographic Society,Jerry Pinkney,Jane Heath Buxton) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirandy and Brother Wind (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Green Lion of Zion Street (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julia Fields) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Tales of Uncle Remus (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion (By: Jerry Pinkney,Verna Aardema) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Talking Eggs (By: Jerry Pinkney,Robert D. San Souci) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Turtle in July (By: Jerry Pinkney,Marilyn Singer) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Home Place (By: Jerry Pinkney,Crescent Dragonwagon) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pretend You're a Cat (By: Jerry Pinkney,Jean Marzollo) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
In for Winter, Out for Spring (By: Jerry Pinkney,Arnold Adoff) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Kept His Heart in a Bucket (By: Jerry Pinkney,Sonia Levitin) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Their Eyes Were Watching God (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
David's Songs (By: Jerry Pinkney,Colin Eisler) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Back Home (By: Jerry Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drylongso (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Starlit Somersault Downhill (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy Willard) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Want to Be (By: Jerry Pinkney,Thylias Moss) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Shoes for Silvia (By: Jerry Pinkney,Johanna Hurwitz) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sunday Outing (By: Jerry Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Henry (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jungle Book (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tanya's Reunion (By: Jerry Pinkney,Valerie Flournoy) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (By: Jerry Pinkney,Alan Schroeder) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sam and the Tigers (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hired Hand (By: Jerry Pinkney,Robert D. San Souci) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Journeys with Elijah (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barbara Diamond Goldin) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aesop's Fables (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Albidaro and the Mischievous Dream (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goin' Someplace Special (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Noah's Ark (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nightingale (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
God Bless the Child (By: Jerry Pinkney,Billie Holiday,Arthur Herzog III) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Old African (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven Book and CD (By: Jerry Pinkney,Brian Pinkney,Myles C. Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ain't Nobody a Stranger to Me (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ann Grifalconi) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Moon Over Star (By: Jerry Pinkney,Dianna Hutts Aston) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweethearts of Rhythm (By: Marilyn Nelson) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Starlit Snowfall (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy Willard) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The First Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Further Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Plain Sight (By: Jerry Pinkney,RichardJackson) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Boot (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barry Wittenstein) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Home in the Barn (By: Margaret Wise Brown,Jerry Pinkney) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Billie Holiday: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Billie Holiday,Khanya Mtshali) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Mermaid (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Walk in the Woods (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nikki Grimes) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Harper Trophy Books Books

Hurry Home, Candy (By: Meindert DeJong) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadrach (By: Meindert DeJong) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Witch (By: Anna Elizabeth Bennett) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Along Came a Dog (By: Meindert DeJong) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Summer of the Falcon (By: Jean Craighead George) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grizzly (By: Gilbert Riswold) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Noonday Friends (By: Mary Stolz) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seventeenth-Street Gang (By: Emily Cheney Neville) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sour Land (By: William H. Armstrong) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Park Book (By: Charlotte Zolotow) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunted Mountain (By: Laszlo Kubinyi,Mollie Hunter) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sign of the Chrysanthemum (By: Katherine Paterson) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Billion for Boris (By: Mary Rodgers) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Stranger Came Ashore (By: Mollie Hunter) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wicked One (By: Mollie Hunter) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Runaway To Freedom (By: Barbara Smucker) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poem stew (By: William Cole) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Land I Lost (By: Quang Nhuong Huynh) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summer Switch (By: Mary Rodgers) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Desdemona-Twelve Going on Desperate (By: Beverly Keller) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hey World, Here I Am! (By: Jean Little) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Two-Thousand-Pound Goldfish (By: Betsy Byars) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stonewords (By: Pam Conrad) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's So Terrible About Swallowing an Apple Seed? (By: Harriet Lerner,Susan Goldhor) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crush (By: Ellen Conford) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Night, Maman (By: Norma Fox Mazer) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pilot Down, Presumed Dead (By: Marjorie Phleger) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Will Spring Be Early? Or Will Spring Be Late? (By: Crockett Johnson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Travellers in Time: Past, Present, and to Come(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of the Mold(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Virginia Hamilton is a bestselling and award-winning young adult and children’s fiction author.

The author was born in 1934, just on the edge of the Great Depression. She was born to Kenneth James and Eta Belle Hamilton and spent most of her childhood in Yellow Springs Ohio, as part of a large extended family.

Her mother’s family had lived in the southwestern Ohio farmlands for years starting in the 1850s. Levi Pery her grandfather had come to the state as a child through the Underground Railroad.

As a child, her parents encouraged her to write and read widely and this is perhaps the root of her love for storytelling. Virginia managed to snag a full scholarship when she was top of her high school class and was called to attend Antioch College.

In 1956, she decided to transfer to the Columbus-based Ohio State University and studied creative writing and literature.

Upon graduating, Virginia Hamilton moved to New York City where she worked all manner of jobs. Among her odd jobs included nightclub singer, cost accountant, and museum receptionist.

But all this time she never let go of the dream of becoming a published author. Virginia would later on go to the New School for Social Research, where she studied fiction writing under one of the founders of Atheneum Press – Hiram Haydn.

It was in New York that she met Arnold Adoff the poet whom she married in 1960. Her husband was a teacher and even though they got married, she spent most of her time writing until she got her children.

In 1969, Arnold and Virginia built their home in Yellow Springs on a few acres of the old Perry Hamilton ranch and embarked on a journey of achievement and serious literary work.

During her lifetime, the author published more than forty works across different genres that included biographies, picture books, realistic novels, folktales, science fiction, and mysteries.

Woven into her novels is a deep concern for generational legacy, tradition, and memory, particularly as they defined the lives of Black Americans. Virginia Hamilton used to describe her work as Liberation Literature.

Over the years, Virginia Hamilton won many awards including the highest honor on the international level bestowed on an author of children’s fiction and illustrator in the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing.

She is also the winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association. The organization gives the award to authors who have distinguished themselves in writing children’s fiction.

Hamilton made history in 1995 when she was the first children’s fiction author to win a MacArthur Fellowship. Apart from the Newberry Medal and the National Book Award that she won in 1975, she is also the winner of the Boston Globe, Coretta Scott King, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award.

She made her last public appearance when she was awarded a lifetime achievement de Grunmmond Medal by The University of Southern Mississippi. She would continue to lecture, travel, and write while living in New York City until she died in 2002, soon after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Virginia Hamilton posthumously published three more novels after her death.

“Justice and Her Brothers” by Virginia Hamilton is the story of identical twins Levi and Thomas and their young sibling Justice. Justice is increasingly becoming aware of how different yet similar her brothers are.

She has also been growing awareness of her own powers that connect her to other people in her world. The work is something of a children’s work written for adults as the author makes very sophisticated references that he intersperses with childlike stuff.

For instance, there is a fantasy parapsychological element that is interspersed with things such as riding down treacherous hills on a bike, a snake collecting contest, and how to cope when parents are not at home because of school or work.

One of the brothers turns out to be a full-blown psychopath which is unnerving at times. You sometimes get a feeling that he may just do some terrible things He ends up doing some awful things even though that felt like a taste of things to come.

Ending on a cliffhanger it is a confusing and weird book that will make its readers look forward to reading what comes next.

Virginia Hamilton’s novel “Dustland” tells the story of Dorian, Justice, Levi, and Thomas who together are an intertime and psychic interstellar group that refers to themselves as “The Unit.”

They have to become “The Unit” if they are to traverse time and space because they would be captured by the “t-beings” if they do not. Upon landing in “Dustland,” which is a place full of dust just as its name implies, they learn that this would be earth’s future.
Wandering around, Thomas is frustrated as Justice is becoming very controlling. Justice has become a being known as “The Watcher,” who is full of some dark energy.

The children soon encounter all manner of bizarre creatures that have telepathic powers but speak American English from the 1980s.
“The Unit” is held together by their paranormal sensory powers as they seek different ways to get out of a dark and very barren world full of all manner of dangers. They are soon torn apart by jealousy and getting back to the Earth and the present becomes an even more difficult challenge.

“The Gathering” by Virginia Hamilton the siblings are back in Dustland, hoping to save their semi-human, half lion, half dog, and semi-human flying dinosaur creature Mal.

But there is dark energy interested in keeping them stuck in Duastland and Mal their telepathic friend seems to have figured this out. He now intends to help them get out of Dustland.

They finally escape and get to a nicer place known as Sona, where they are met by Celestor.

The latter is some kind of cyborg who is living in Sona with a giant creating machine that is responsible for the birth of several spaceships and machines alongside a giant computer machine that is telepathic.

The most bizarre creature is “The Watcher,” which comes from Justice but is a completely separate entity that has been living in her brain ever since she was a child.

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