by Mildred D. Taylor
With the land to hold them together, nothing can tear the Logans apart.
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.
Target age: 10 and up
Newbery Medal winner -- A National Book Award Nominee -- American Book Award Honor Book -- An ALA Notable Book -- A NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies -- A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book
"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
"The strong, clear-headed Logan family... are drawn with quiet affection and their actions tempered with a keen sense of human fallibility." -- Pointer, 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
About the Author:
Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including The Road to Memphis, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, The Land, The Well, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Her books have won numerous awards, among them a Newbery Medal (for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry), four Coretta Scott King Awards, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Her book The Land was awarded the L.A. Times Book Prize and the PEN Award for Children's Literature. In 2003, Ms. Taylor was named the First Laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature. Ms. Taylor now devotes her time to her family, writing, and what she terms the family ranch in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.