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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Vivid - complex - powerful - convincing - The novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence." (Booklist)

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Good story

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!

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Wrong chapters

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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!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Chapter Breaks....Just thought I'd add these

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes

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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

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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! 😀

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Beautiful!

The narrator is incredible, the story is beautiful and educational. A wonderful story which will lead to many enriching conversations about black history.

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Hard Subject

This book was a hard subject to talk about, but it’s straight forward, touching, and a great read. Really makes you think about the troubles in this world.

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Required. Reading.

Few books pull me in with the first scene, but this one did. Cassie and her brothers walking to school to the climatic end, I hung onto every word. This book talks about vital issues and history in a way that isn’t always discussed very well in schools. Through brilliantly accessible prose, Taylor brings to life the fear and strong spirit of youth.

The narrator’s voice is perfect, too. It was like sitting on the porch hearing someone tell you the story.

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Beautiful & moving, an important American story

This book should be required reading for all American students. I laughed, cried, and thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. The reader's performance was impeccable, I have no complaints. I'm so glad I have this in my audible library!

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A well worn favorite

I read this book several times as a child and recently listened to it as an adult. Hearing from the Logans was powerful once again and touched me deeply yet again.

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Excellent book, & narration

One of the best books of the century; narrator had tone & captured all characters well.

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  • Marion Francis
  • 11-09-17

I was disappointed the book ended.

Thank you
I read and enjoyed this book so much. I actually went back in time and. Felt every feeling and emotion. I also bought a version for my grand Son another way to teach our history’.

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  • Bookyworm
  • 07-29-17

AmaZing

I liked how the book is so descriptive and very realistic. Also the audiobook creates a great atmosphere and makes you more tense, happy, sad and scared of events in the book.
I would recommend this to 12 year old readers who are good at underetanding complex meanings and storylines.
I rated this 5 stars because there is ABSOLUTELY nothing bad about it. Even though the n word is used, kt has to be, because thats what people were called in those days

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  • Annette Brazier
  • 04-26-16

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.

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  • Miss K E Joseph
  • 04-07-16

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!

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  • Ruth Gamble
  • 03-07-16

Brilliant

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.