Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the Newbery Medal
A New York Times Book Review Best of Children's Books
A National Book Award Nominee
"Taylor . . . writes not with rancor or bitterness of indignities, but with pride, strength, and respect for humanity."The New York Times Book Review
Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent yearthe year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she's blackto 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 prideno matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away.
Winner of the 1977 Newbery Medal, this is a remarkably moving novel one that has impressed the hearts and minds of millions of readers. Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, it is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And, too, it is 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.
"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
* Newbery Medal Award
* 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
About the Author
Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including