Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year, the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she is black, to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride, for no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away.
©2001 Mildred D. Taylor (P)2001 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Vivid - complex - powerful - convincing - The novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence." (Booklist)
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This is a great story about a black family's struggle in the 1930's in the Southern USA. I used the narrative (with the paperback books) in my middle school class (for 2 years now) and the students love it. Most of them have very limited knowledge of the Civil Rights struggle in America. We used the book along with speeches by JFK and ML King, Jr and segments of the Harriett Tubman story to survey slavery and civil rights in the United States. The narrarator does an excellent job telling this story. My students couldn't wait to get to the end, and then they wanted to read the next book in the Mildred Taylor collection!
The chapters are completely off with the book. I use the audiobook for my reading class, and while the audiobook says chapter one, we were at the end of chapter 2. NOT TEACHER-FRIENDLY!
"Chapter Breaks....Just thought I'd add these"
Ch1) 00:27 Ch2) 47:16 Ch3) 1:02:22, Ch4) 1:44:12 Ch5) 2:37:34 Ch6) 2:59:39 Ch7) 3:38:12 Ch8) 4:29:05 Ch9) 5:06:07 Ch10) 5:40:51 Ch11) 6:17:30 Ch12) 6:41:24
"This book was great!"
Lynne Thigpen does a great job narrating this book! I listen to this while im going to sleep all night the time! I would reccomend it to any and everyone even if your not really into historical fiction. I really like all the other books by Mildred D Taylor as well. Great book! 😀
The narrator is incredible, the story is beautiful and educational. A wonderful story which will lead to many enriching conversations about black history.
This should be required reading. I don't know why I had never read it, but I'm glad I did, and i will be encouraging people to read it and others in this series and others on this issue. It's time that we remember. It's time that we white people ask forgiveness. Well written. Well read.
"A story that must continue to be told"
Well written and engaging, but a terrible time in our country's history. We will be reading and using this novel with my 6th graders in February for our academic pentathlon. I hope the students (at their age) are able to ponder the complexities of the book and become better people in the world because of it. Thanks for writing it and sharing your family with us.
Believable! I felt a drawing back to hear more, yet hesitated a few times because I needed to prepare myself for what could happen. I was engaged!
I can't believe this was written in 1976 and I'm only just now reading it. Should be required of all middle schoolers in America.
all generations and all races need to hear this truthful story of family and love and hate.
"This should be on everyone's book list."
A story full of everything. Seen through the eyes of a child. The best way to view such stories.
"fabulous, sad when it finished, I wanted more"
this is a brilliant story. will have you completely gripped. some bits so sad, some so tense and some will make you want to high five someone!
I first read this book at school around 15 years ago, as brilliant, thought provoking and important as I remember. A brilliant story on many levels and a true coming of age story. A must read for children and adults.
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