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The Land (Logans #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  4,565 Ratings  ·  279 Reviews
The son of a prosperous landowner and a former slave, Paul-Edward Logan is unlike any other boy he knows. His white father has acknowledged him and raised him openly-something unusual in post-Civil War Georgia. But as he grows into a man he learns that life for someone like him is not easy. Black people distrust him because he looks white. White people discriminate against ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 14th 2003 by Speak (first published November 28th 1974)
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May 06, 2011 Saba rated it it was amazing
I am not exaggerating when I say this is one of the greatest books ever! The Land is about an African American boy named Paul Edward Logan, who lives on his white fathers plantation. Paul lives in the time of racism, slaves, and disrespect of black men and women. Even his very own father treats him differently than Pauls white brothers he cannot eat at the table when there are guests. Nor can he talk to white men the way they treat him. Paul begins to realize the truth of it all. However, he doe ...more
Jul 21, 2007 Megan rated it it was amazing
As a teacher, this book was a fantastic read-aloud and excellent for opening discussion about racism and racist language. The use of the "n" word is challenging and but also presents opportunities to discuss the role of language in discrimination and oppression.
Let's just say that I planned on not really enjoying this book. Mostly because I hate to say it, but I judged it by its cover and its title. I just sort of thought it had little to offer me, a 30-something woman, but I knew that the high goodreads rating couldn't be that far off, and so I cracked it open. Besides, I had to finish reading it before my students did.

It surprised me right off with its story of Paul-Edward Logan, son to a white plantation owner and a slave. I almost thought I had mad
Feb 24, 2010 Anajoy-rusticgirl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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I am a HUUUUUUGE fan of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (and think it should at least complement, if not replace, To Kill a Mockingbird in school curricula) (and here's a terrific read about that very topic: I was excited to read this book because of my love for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and because it fit in with my BookRiot Read Harder 2016 Challenge for several reasons (one of which being realizing I was reading all-White authors).

Anyway. This book.
I was afraid this book would go down the path of so many other historical novels where the tone tends to be preachy or worse white-washed. This novel, thankfully, is none of that. This is the story of Paul Logan, a son of a former slave and white man.

This story isn't simply about life after the Civil War and the racial conflicts that arose. This is Paul Logan's story and the many challenges he faced in order to gain personal achievement. Taylor did a wonderful job of weaving in historical accur
Aug 22, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read as a prequel to "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry." I'm not sure how I came upon this book before I found it sitting on my bookshelf, but I'm so glad it's in my possession. This book taught me much about family, loyalty, dreams and sacrifice. This is a story of a man, Paul Logan, who is both black and white, a dangerous combination back in the late 1800s. His white father and brothers, however, treat him like he's no different, but throughout the course of his life, events h ...more
Mrs. Berger
Jan 28, 2013 Mrs. Berger rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually liked this book. However, I was even more amazed by how much my 8th grade students enjoyed it. Not only did Taylor give us a peek into our country's history following the Civil War, but she did so by sharing her own family's experiences of it.

Right from the beginning of the book she makes us care about Paul Edward and all of those connected to him. She hooks the reader in by showing that he is a flawed individual who is continuously trying to fi
The Land
Midred D. Taylor
375 pgs.

Have you ever suffered from identity crisis? Have you ever thought am I to call myself black or am I to call myself white? Have you ever let society choose your ethnicity for you? In the land Paul-Edward Logan faced all of these questions. Paul suffered from identity crisis all throughout his childhood. His mother was a former slave and black and his father was the owner of the planation, the master to the slaves and white. Paul himself was born into slavery and h
Emma Lauren
Dec 11, 2012 Emma Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Land by Mildred D. Taylor, was the prequel to the critically acclaimed novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. I read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, when I was very young, eleven years old to be exact, and some of the concepts were much more difficult to understand than they are now. Therefore, I reread the novel when I was thirteen, and absolutely loved it, and have purchased several novels in this series. This, being the prequel, was the story of Cassie's grandfather, and how his story truly c ...more
Aug 20, 2016 Hastings75 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readharder16
This has to be one of my favourite reads of the year!

Loved Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry as a child and was excited to hear that this prequel (and a couple of sequels) existed. Thanks to the Read Harder Challenge (and the redhead) for steering me in the direction of this "very fine" novel!

The lead character and narrator is entirely believable and despite his trials and tribulations behaves in a way that is consistent with his character. I liked the fact that the good guys don't always win and the
Oct 06, 2011 Lena rated it liked it
This book was a very interesting look at a subject in American history that we tend to hush up--the relationship between a white slave owner and his slave. Although that aspect of history is explored in a few books and gone into here in vague detail, the book's main focus is on the product of that union. This is the first book I've read that deals with that issue. I think it does a good job not only of detailing the hardships the mixed race children face, but also the conflicting feelings of eac ...more
Davina Bell
This was one of those books that I wished I had discovered when I was a youth. Wonderfully written!!! Wonderful story telling. Ms. Taylor truly has a gift! With black history month right around the corner, it was the perfect book to begin the month. When my children are older, they will definitely read this novel.
Stacy Ford
Jul 12, 2016 Stacy Ford rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the first person narrative format of this book and the plot. I had read other Taylor books (Roll of Thunder, The Well) and enjoyed this prequel. I'm not sure others would like this book as much as I did, but it is worth reading. I read via audiobook and the narrator was great.
May 09, 2007 Casey rated it liked it
I like Taylor a whole bunch. Her stories come from her own family, and her stories are told with a tenderness and humor. Her books are a great way for kids to learn about racism and injustice.
Molly Cline
Apr 05, 2015 Molly Cline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, 2015, series-1
This is a Coretta Scott Kind award winning book, (and in my opinion deserved it!) Please note like in the beginning of this book Ms Taylor writes: "...Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I have used language that is painful, I have chosen to use the language that was spoken during the period, for I refuse to whitewash history. The language was painful and life was painful for many Africian Americans, including my family." So if your teenage child is reading this it may allo ...more
Jan 15, 2015 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-friendship
Set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, we follow from childhood to maturity Paul-Edward, the son of a Southern white landowner and a black former slave girl. Edward Logan had three sons with by his legal wife along with Paul and his sister by the slave girl, but treated all as equal and taught all his children to respect one another. But while they grew up together as equals it was gradually made clear that as they grew older and went out into the world things would be different for P ...more
Jul 05, 2011 Alisha rated it it was amazing
The Land is not merely entertainment, but enlightenment. I can’t believe I’ve never read it, but I’m glad I did. Out of the dozens upon dozens of fiction books I’ve read, this one has impacted me the most. Perhaps I am just employing hyperbole, but hear me out:

In a quest to buy his own land, the main character, Paul Logan, experiences incredible pain and miracles. He was born in the Deep South immediately after the Civil War, and his greatest struggle arises from his colored skin. Even though hi
As the child of a freed slave and her former owner, Paul-Edward lives in two worlds. Unlike most children of mixed race, he is acknowledged by his white father and educated. Still, he cannot sit at the table when there are guests, and he learns painfully that even his closest brother, Robert, will betray him for white friends. Paul is also disliked by many blacks, since he is educated and seems unfairly advantaged. His worst black enemy, Mitchell, eventually becomes his best friend, however and ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Lindsay rated it really liked it
I think prequels are a little harder to get into than sequels b/c you don't know the characters as well but it was nice to get a picture of the obsession for land that Cassie's parents are always talking about in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. They always talk about how important it is to them and it is in this book that you can really see why because of how hard Paul, Mitchell, and Caroline work for it. Not to mention the fact that it was unheard of for coloreds to own land at that point. It was ...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
The Land is a young adult classic that sadly I never encountered in my youth. It takes place in a post-Civil War South. Paul Edward is the son of a former slave owner. Unlike most blacks boys, Paul's father acknowledges him, educated him in a time when it was illegal for blacks to have an education and treats him as his own. In some ways that sounds wonderful, but in other ways it makes it more difficult for Paul to live as a black man (even though he can pass for white) in the South because he ...more
Nov 07, 2007 Naomi rated it it was amazing
This book is extremely good, I never put it down for a second. It is the prequel to one of my favorite books ever, Roll of thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. The story focuses on Paul-Edward Logan, a mulatto slave born who now lives as a free colored person on his father's land with his mother,sister and three white brothers. His father and mother knew the consequences that follwed them when his father decided to raise Paul and Cassie as if they were fully white. They laerned to read,wri ...more
Lili's Bookshelf
Incredible, epic saga of a young man growing up in the South following the Civil War. Born to a white plantation owner and one of his slaves, Paul-Edward Logan struggles to be accepted by black and white people alike, despite his family and good friend Mitchell by his side. He is terribly clever and resourceful, and you will find yourself cheering for him the whole way. The supporting characters are all well-rounded, realistic sounding people: his father, who claims Paul-Edward and his sister Ca ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Sibgha rated it really liked it
This might just happen to be one of the multitude of books written on the lives of black Americans before and after the Civil Rights Movement and the war. And so the title and the cover may suggest an easily predictable story of hardships, suffering, inequality, oppression and injustice in its ugliest form. But the book catches the reader by surprise at how much more it is about than just that. However those were my own preconceived opinions of this book as I finally sat down to read it after ha ...more
Dec 16, 2010 Joshua rated it really liked it
The Land

Paul Logan Edward is the son of a white plantation owner and a black mother who is a slave. Paul really loves his family and the land his father owns. Paul does not fit into either a black or a white world and Paul’s father treats him differently than his white brothers. This is difficult for Paul. He wants to be accepted by friends and family but people put him down. Paul leaves home at 14 to follow his dream of owning and farming land like his father’s. Paul soon understands how diffi
Jan 15, 2013 Jimster rated it it was amazing
In the book The Land by Mildred D. Taylor, a man named Paul Edward tries to overcome many challenges he faces, from the beginning of the book to the end. In the beginning, Paul Edward is very young, about 12 years old and gets whipped by his white father to show that in the real world, white men won't treat him as good as he does. Later, his mother dies and keep in mind that his mother is black, so he looks mostly white but you can also see he has some color in him. Then, he makes a deal with a ...more
Jun 26, 2011 Adrienne rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Paul-Edward Logan is the son of a black former slave and her former owner, a white man who raises his two illegitimate children much the same as he does his three sons by his wife. He teaches Paul and his sister to read and write, and Paul has a happy life on his father's plantation, spending time with his brothers and his books. However, as he gets older, Paul begins to realize that being part black will always make it so he won't be treated the same as the white members of the family. Although ...more
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Oct 02, 2014 Arky123123 rated it really liked it
Review by K.L. 8-413, oct 02, 2014,
The Land by Mildred D. Taylor is a life story of Paul Logan. This book is a historical fiction. The Land takes place on a plantation in Georgia, with a 9 years old boy Paul Logan, the son of a former slave and a wealthy white man. He was being bullied by other African Americans because he is half white, and bullied and looked down at by whites. The Land follows Paul and shows the readers what it felt like when at that time period to be a half. I think this is
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Mildred DeLois Taylor is an African-American writer known for her works exploring the struggle faced by African-American families in the Deep South.

Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi, but lived there only a short amount of time, then moved to Toledo, Ohio, where she spent most of her childhood. She now lives in Colorado with her daughter.

Many of her works are based on stories of her family t
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“So many things are possible as long as you don't know they are impossible.” 858 likes
“Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I have used language that is painful, I have chosen to use the language that was spoken during the period, for I refuse to whitewash history. The language was painful and life was painful for many African Americans, including my family.
I remember the pain.”
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