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Publisher's Summary

Mildred D. Taylor's Newbery Award-winning masterpiece with an introduction written and read by Jacqueline Woodson, just in time for its 40th anniversary!

Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie's story - Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.

©2001 Mildred D. Taylor (P)2001 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Recorded Books' commitment to producing outstanding classics for young people has never been more obvious than in this recording of one of the best books ever to win the Newbery Award.... Lynne Thigpen, one of the welcome new African-American narrators, is so convincing that it could be Cassie herself telling what happened." (AudioFile)

"The vivid story of a Black family whose warm ties to each other and their land give them strength to defy rural Southern racism during the Depression.... Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of Black pride, love, and independence despite the certainty of outer defeat." (Booklist, starred review)

"The strong, clear-headed Logan family...are drawn with quiet affection and their actions tempered with a keen sense of human fallibility." (Kirkus Reviews)

"The events and setting of the powerful novel are presented with such verisimilitude and the characters are so carefully drawn that one might assume the book to be autobiographical, if the author were not so young." (The Horn Book)

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Amazing!!!

I’m in 6th grade and we’re reading this book now and people laugh at this book but I take it serious because it shows how people in the past suffered. The reason why people laugh at this is because it says “nigger” “nigga” and etc. but again I take it very serious so I don’t care what people think how it’s stupid this book is about history!

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Recapturing after 25 years

As a homeschool mom, this audio book has helped me to recapture the telling truth of Blacks in America before rereading, this time with my own child. The narrators spoke with proper emphasis and diction, taking nothing from Ms. Taylor's writing, making me crave more of the story. This has been a superb experience that I'm sad has ended.

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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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A story too valuable not too be told ...

My 11-year old son recommended I read this book, which he chose to read in a Battle of the Books competition in his middle school. We encourage his exploration through reading and the conversations that ensued from this were priceless as a family.

There is an absolute ugliness in racism, but when children learn about it in school it is an abstract idea, but a story like this one unravels the emotions, the human cost, and, perhaps most importantly, the sacrifices (big and small) that went into creating real change.

I recommend this book to families willing to talk about it afterward.

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Sad story

This story is a sad book that’s why I love the book and enjoyed it

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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!

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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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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!

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The Narration didn't do it for me

I loved this book as a little girl and read it multiple times. However, upon revisiting it as an adult, to share with my son, listening to it was almost unbearable. The narration just took away instead of adding to the beauty of the story. Think I'll just read it

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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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  • George
  • 11-05-18

Intriguing

Started out a bit slow for me but soon became a hunger I could not control . Lovely story and the fact it’s based on real events makes me love it even more.

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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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  • Beth D
  • 06-16-21

A real eye-opener

The narration was excellent, there is no way I could have done this book justice add a read aloud to my children.
Some of the stories are harrowing, I would not recommend it for children under 11.

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  • Daniel
  • 06-09-21

captivat novel narrated in vivid animated style

The characters of Mildred Taylor's epic novel from the US South experience of an African American family from the eyes of a girl growing up in it come alive through professional and vivid narration. highly recommended, could not stop listening, and so did my family. Hard truths of course, but must hear or read, really.

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  • tiernan tomlinson
  • 09-12-20

majestic storytelling at its finest

a book I learned at school but have cherished since.first time as an audible listener but not the last.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-20

fantastic book

brilliant insight of history for all to read.
son enjoyed for school reading topic.
recommended to all.

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  • Yolo89
  • 07-01-20

must read for children and adults

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the narration was wonderful. I could listen to that voice all day. beautiful, moving story. I became part of the family I read about.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-27-20

Needs to be in the curriculum

A powerful and child friendly book focusing on Cassies bravery and pride.
It addresses a time of turbulence, racism, mistreatment. The importance of equity and equality.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-20

So good

So good. So intriguing. So interesting. I love the plot, the twists, and the sad bits too...,