Time Pieces
Virginia Hamilton

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Narrated By: Lisa Reneé Pitts

Duration: 3 hours and 51 minutes

What to expect

Time Pieces is a quietly beautiful coming-of-age story from a master storyteller.

Eleven-year-old Valena, her family, and dog live in rural Ohio, where she and her cousin Melinda share experiences that include seeing the aurora borealis, surviving a tornado, and going to an amazing circus.

Yet Valena lives in both the present and the past as she struggles with racism in her daily life and listens to and learns from her mother’s tales of her family’s proud history. Moving backward and forward in time, these pieces of Valena’s life blend to form an extraordinary portrait of the ties that bind her family together over generations.

Drawing from her own family history, Virginia Hamilton has deftly woven together moments in time, creating a seamless and poignant masterpiece.


Children’s / Teenage fiction: Family and home stories, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Families and family members, Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Body and health, Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Prejudice and intolerance, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Racism

Listen to a sample

“Pitts gives a sparkling performance…As precocious and likable eleven-year-old Valena, Pitts is particularly sharp…Pitts plays both humorous and poignant tones with equal skill, making this an all-around entertaining listen.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Narrator Lisa Reneé Pitts brings a sincere, ingenuous quality to Valena…[She] handles each of Valena’s confused moments with a fine blend of childish spite and little-girl uncertainty.”


“[Hamilton] has a superb ear for dialogue…The simplicity and directness of the language serve the subject matter beautifully.”

School Library Journal

“Deftly written…A remarkable story of the importance of family ties and taking pride in one’s heritage, skillfully narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts.”