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The Glory Field

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,102 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
Newbery Honor-winning author Walter Dean Myers' landmark novel is a moving and redemptive look at five generations of one African-American family. In the tradition of Alex Haley's Roots, this memorable saga traces the Lewis family from Africa to slavery in America through contemporary generations. The Glory Field is a powerful epic from a master storyteller. Young Adults.
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Scholastic (first published January 1994)
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Scott Rhee
In a brief 375 pages, Walter Dean Myers, in his novel "The Glory Field", covers roughly 250 years in the history of a black family, spanning multiple generations. Starting with the abduction of an 11-year-old boy named Muhammad Bilal off the coast of West Africa in 1753, the novel follows key events in the lives of the progeny of Muhammad, from slavery to the Civil War to Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement to present day (or 1994, which is when the book was published).

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Jan 23, 2013 █║ ✕ Aesthetic Indelible ‟Aɴɢeʟ‟ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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This is what some others call a never again book. It isn't the worst, but it definitely isn't good. As soon as you start getting wrapped up, and think your okay with reading this they change to another decade. Here's the chapters:
July 1753, page three
March 1864 page seven
April 1900 page forty-one
May 1930 page seventy-seven
January 1964 page one hundred fifteen
August 1994 page one hundred fifty-nine
Two hundred, the end.

That itself is completely disturbing. I have to read this for language arts
Feb 10, 2009 Kathryn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-books
I am a big fan of Walter Dean Myers because I think that he writes in a style that is real and easy for teens to relate to. However, this book is different from some of his others. It is the story of an African-American family told in the first person by each of its narrators from their time as slaves in the later 1700's to the mid-nineties. Some people equate it to Roots. The novel shows the struggle and strength of the family over the generations. It ties into many of the key historical events ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Maya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is HORRIBLE. Horrible with a capitol "H"! It is a very long book that goes on and on and on about the same thing. There is no action what-so-ever, and is quite boring. I feel bad for any other student who had to read this book. On top of it all, every 80 pages, the setting, main character, and time period changed, just to confuse you. I would not recommend this book to anyone. But, if I HAD to recommend "The Glory Field" to anyone, I would to the older aged people, because they may app ...more
I had a difficult time deciding whether or not I wanted to rate this as historical fiction. Since the majority of the book takes place before my students were born, I decided that they would consider it historical fiction and so should I.

I read The Glory Field as part of my classes' author study of Walter Dean Myers. I don't know what in particular drew me to this particular book out of all the choices available. I think I just liked the title.

I had a difficult time following the timeline and fa
Julie Pfeiffer
I really struggled getting into this book. If it hadn't been assigned for my field experience I probably would never had finished it. The story starts back in 1743 with the first descendant of the Lewis family, Muhammed, being captured and brought to American to be a slave. The book is made up of five shorter chronological stories that are about the descendants of Muhammed. The history of the family and a piece of land in South Carolina called "The Glory Field," tie the stories together. It is i ...more
Mar 17, 2010 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for English class and ended up really enjoying it! The book is the story of the Lewis family, and their struggles through slavery and racism. I like how it takes you from the first generation when slavery was just starting up in the 1700's, through the late 1800's, 1930's, the civil rights movement in the 60's, and eventually to the modern day. Each section follows a further generation of the family, organized by dates (April 1880, July 1963, etc.) but usually you will see chara ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My students will soon be reading this book and I had to stay on top of things to read it before they did.

I thought this was an interesting story, especially in its narration. All told, the story covers something like 250 years of Lewis family history. It begins with their first ancestor as he was brought over from Africa on a slave ship and continues through their family tree from there.

I thought the narration was really cool, once I got used to it. We get to see a snippet of what life was like
Maesha M.
Feb 11, 2008 Maesha M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abt the lives of african americans from the past to the present....How african american people went through alot of things to overcome their freedom. It starts from the edge of slavery (when a girl escapes with her two freinds despite the danger ahead.) all the way up to the present. The book is filled with lots of emotions and at the begining when lem died, I felt so sad and so on to the end. anyone cud read this book bcuz it is awsum for any age grup, if u can read.
Feb 10, 2009 Art rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in life of former slaves.
Shelves: african-american
Interesting life of a family of former slaves and what takes place w/each generation.
Brings to light again why the Election of Mr. Obama was so important in this years election.
I am a WASP, however w/50%Irish/Scot background and other half being German, these groups were slandered against but not at the level of African-Americans.
Mr. Myers brings forth this message of hope for each generation from the Civil War to present in the Lewis family.
Because the book was almost like a set of short stories, it was hard to connect to the characters and stay intrigued with the focus completely shifting every 30-40 pages or so. The dialogue was also quite boring at times. However, I thought that it was fantastic to see the threads of family, unity, pride, freedom, and overcoming affliction/racism/suffering through the multigenerational story. By the time I reached the end I felt it was definitely worth the read, but in the midst of it, it was al ...more
Jeff Tran
Feb 10, 2015 Jeff Tran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glory field is about a whole family that were in slavery. They rise out of slavery and have land that they have crops and a family there. The girl is the main character and it is in first person. Her father was put into slavery but since then has been taken out. They live on this farm where they are free and living their life. But living on a farm isn't the easiest life to live because it comes with responsibilities such as planting crops, watering them, and then harvesting them. But by then the ...more
Feb 09, 2011 Scott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book seems to have not keep my attention through out the reading
May 24, 2015 Sied rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Recommended to Sied by: nobody
I thought this book was interesting. not many books catch my attention but this book had stood out to me. It shows how each new generation comes of age, by showing and taking stands against and oppression.
I think this was a stunning novel everyone that's a young adult should read or at least attempt because I know for a fact once started you wont be able to stop. This book will forever be unforgettable to me. I know you feel the same way if you gave this book a try. But the only thing I would ch
Apr 26, 2009 Michala rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is L-A-M-E (no offence Walter)
Adrian Hebard
Aug 16, 2015 Adrian Hebard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This reminds me of the Mildred Taylor series of books.

This was an enjoyable snapshot of generations of the Lewis family from the time an ancestor is brought from Africa on a slave ship to the time of the Civil War to the turn of the 20th century to the depression .... We get a sense of Black / White relationships and are drawn into the characters.

Walter Dean Myers remains one of my favorite authors, because of his descriptions. Often, I need to re-read opening chapters of his books to get the
Jun 19, 2012 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published by Scholastic in January of 1994.

The Glory Field is the story of an African-American family and their tie to a piece of land on Curry Island in South Carolina.

Reminiscent of the James Michener sagas that follow the same format, The Glory Field is not nearly as detailed or as rich as a Michener selection. However, Michener's primary audience was adults and Myers' intended audience is young adults, most of whom would not have the patience or the courage to pick up a 1,000+ page book.
Lisa Rathbun
I liked the idea of this book, but I found the reality to be slow, dull, and unconnected. The image of the glory field reappeared from time to time, but not compellingly enough, not like the trees of Mildred D. Taylor's "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry."

The author's idea to follow a family from slavery in the 1700s through today was excellent, but I found nearly every time period bogged down in long dialogue instead of character development or plot - just people talking and talking and talking, es
Colton Cheek
The book "The Glory Field" by Walter Dean Meyers is a gripping novel that completely portrays the story of a black family from the old times of slavery to the here and now of modern times. During the book, you are taken into five different lives, each differing in the generation they are living in and the crisis' they are facing. the similarity that is shared between the teenagers is that each grows in their maturity level through the struggle of the crisis they face. This amazing book perfectly ...more
Peter Okolo
Sep 19, 2011 Peter Okolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Glory Field is about this family telling all their different parts in the story focusing on their land and where they worked. The Lewis family were slaves that were brought from Seirra Leone to South Carolina. After the Civil War, they were given some land very close to a plantation where they were owned by a white dude. The stories were told by Eli, Malcolm, Lizzy, Tommy, and Muhammad. To sum it up, the novel told the tale of a strong family living on the land that their slave ancestors ha ...more
John Lipscomb
Oct 12, 2012 John Lipscomb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "The Glory Field" was interesting book to me because the story was based on something that really happened in that time. It kept my attention the whole read by letting me feel what slaves felt back then and how strong they were. Telling the story of families that went through slavery without ever knowing what to expect. Sharing the many experincings that hey force to deal with everyday of their slavehood. I gave "Glory Field" four stars becasue I like the detail given throuhout the stor ...more
Jesus Acosta
Apr 21, 2014 Jesus Acosta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
African American experience throughout the lives of a slave in 1753. They captured Muhammed Bilal. He went on a slave ship to America. He survived the trip to America . That what the book mostly talks about to this point.
In 1753 Muhammed is chained in a slave ship that takes him to America Then Lizzie escaped from slavery. Their family struggles to pay taxes and Elijah starts to earn money. In South Carolina , Tommy went to college. They were all going there own ways.
Feb 21, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I really like how the book follows the history of one family, starting with a young African boy captured to be sold as a slave in the 1750s, and ending in Harlem in the mid-1990s. There were parts of the book where I wished I could get a little more information about the lives of the characters. Sometimes it felt that just as I was getting into a particular character's story, the book jumped to the next generation/the next point in history. Overall, though, the book was well-written, and it gave ...more
Sep 13, 2007 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older teens and adults
The Glory Field follows the Lewis family for generations, from Muhammad Bilal, a slave brought from Africa, to Malcolm Lewis, a young man who is looking for his identity as a black man in America. Muhammad's shackles are passed down from generation to generation; the shackles, along with a small plot of land called the Glory Field, symbolize the stuggles and triumphs of the family.

I described this to my students as Roots for young adults. The Glory Field is a beautifully written, moving story a
The is by far one of my favorite books.I liked the way the story was told with the whole family tree and going through generations thing.It gave me a sense of the African-American that i just couldn't get until i read this book.I like pretty much all of Walter Dean Myers' books but, as i said earlier,this is one of my favorites.
Aug 04, 2014 Maddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
many people didn't like this book but I for one really enjoyed it. I had to read it in class, but I suppose it's my love for history that caused me to read ahead often. I thought it was a great book and well written. obviously many people on here did not enjoy it as well as my people in my class. I would definantly read it again.
Jun 25, 2008 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-doe-6-8
I would give this book 3 and 1/2 stars if I was able to. I thought the idea of tracing a family through time was a really great one. However, I was left wanting to know more as each generation passed. There were characters, such as Lem, that I wanted to know more about. Also, the reader was left wondering why Tommy decided to marry Jennie and not Mandy. I think that more time spent with each generation would have made a greater impact on the reader than cutting it off short.

However, I would sti
Sandra Strange
This excellent novel traces a black family from the first ancestor brought to America from Africa to a young descendant searching for who he is and where he belongs in 1994’s world and finding part of his answer in his family. These two characters form the ends of the novel, a series of intersecting stories of the rest of the family surviving as slaves at the time of the Civil War, struggling against the KKK at the turn of the century, reacting against tradition in the 1930’s, participating in t ...more
Jun 13, 2010 Isaiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very inspirational book that shows, in great detail, the events in history that have changed the lives of African Americans. Starting out in the 1700's, the Lewis Family's ancestor, Muhammad, bound in chains, is shipped out to America, wondering if he will ever be free. The book finally ends in 1994 with Malcolm Lewis, a fifteen year old discovering what it means to be an African American man. Along the way, he learns of his ancestry and the importance of the Glory Field, a field that his fami ...more
Eshrat Jahan
i think this book has great meaning. it shows us how difficult life was for slaves, and make us think how our life would have been for us if their was still slavery. at some points of the book i felt quite disconnected and bored since the main idea of the book was quite easy to figure out just by reading the first ten pages of the book. this book shows us the different generations of slaves in a family. it shows how some were able to escape slavery while others were capture, how people at that t ...more
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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