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)
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!
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 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!
The narrator is incredible, the story is beautiful and educational. A wonderful story which will lead to many enriching conversations about black history.
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
Children, as well as adults will enjoy and benefit from this book. What a wonderful and heartfelt piece of history, shared through the eyes of a child.
Tells the story of our people I'm a way that's rarely seen. Few books grasp the intricate way black people connect and how its been essential to survival. And yet makes it clear that feeling hate and anger towards white folk over what our past and very real parts of our present are obstacles to success, not the road to it
"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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