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Land (Logans #1)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,893 Ratings  ·  230 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
Published (first published November 28th 1974)
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May 06, 2011 Saba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2012 Anajoy-rusticgirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Jul 21, 2007 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mrs. Berger
Jan 28, 2013 Mrs. Berger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emma Lauren
Jan 06, 2014 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
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.
Oct 02, 2014 Arky123123 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Molly Cline
Apr 12, 2015 Molly Cline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 29, 2015 Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 29, 2016 Lexish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the prequel to the Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry series. It would have been an excellent book in its own right, but knowing all the characters from the three-book series first made it even more interesting to then go back and see the lives of the generation before. Reading it in that order gives the reader the experience of knowing what the future holds for these families before they do, and seeing how one life event leads to the next. I kept waiting to hear the words that the grandmother ...more
Mar 31, 2016 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This was my pick for the "First in a series by a person of color" category in the 2016 Read Harder Challenge. Until this challenge, I didn't know that Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was part of a series! But it is, and this is the first book. I really liked the that the storytelling came first. Paul's life still feels relevant and relateable, despite taking place almost 150 years ago. Knowing that the series is based on stories from the author's family history added a layer of meaning and realness ...more
May 09, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I strongly recommend this book to any historical fiction fans out there. I wasn't into reading before being forced to read it for a class assignment. I liked this book so much decided to read the entire series.
The story is about Paul-Edward Logan. he is the grandfather to Casey Logan, the main character in the rest of the series. He is the soon of a slave owner and a slave due to troubling circumstances runs away from home. This gives him the dream to own land like his father.After a journey of
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.
Danika at The Lesbrary
This was really interesting, especially after reading the author's note that mentioned how much is true to her great-grandparents' story. I've been thinking about this as an alternative recommendation for Little House On the Prairie readers: a similar kind of survivalism and love for the land, but with racial commentary and education instead of just plain racism. Definitely looking forward to reading Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry.

(I was going to take off a star for what I thought was an obvious pl
Infuriating! Absolutely infuriating to think that in these United States people would be denied recourse to the law just because of their skin color. Not even that, since Paul Edward Logan was light enough to pass for white. But he was born a slave of a slave mother and therefore "a man of color." This is a powerful story of his struggle for the land he so badly wanted "to have something of his own." It could have used some tightening in places where the author lets the characters go on too long ...more
Oct 05, 2014 Kaelee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somehow in my growing up I have escaped reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. I've been wanting to read it lately and found out that this book, The Land, is its prequel so I picked it up first. Mildred Taylor has written these books based on the family stories of her history passed down from generation to generation. Mildred Taylor's family comes from an African-Indian slave mother and a white slave/plantation-owning father. There was no place for mixed children, with neither white nor black peo ...more
Ms. Collado
Oct 28, 2015 Ms. Collado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Land was a book that is truly surprising. At first glance, it seems like boring old historical fiction...wrong!It is historical fiction that brings the past to life! It follows the life of Paul Logan, a bi-racial former slave, who is learning to deal with the complexities of American life post-Civil War. This book stood out to me, because it was exploring issues we can all relate to, betrayal, family, identity, love, and power.

Does it feel like you're reading 300+ pages? Not at all! This is
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
Jul 05, 2011 Alisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2010 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2016 Adrienne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2010 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2015 Sibgha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2013 Jimster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mildred Delois Taylor is a famous author, known for her children's fiction books.

She did not stay in Jackson long; the racial discrimination in the South influenced the belief of her father, Wilbert Taylor, that better opportunities awaited his family in more northern states. Thus, after her first three months of life, her family moved to Ohio after her father established a factory in Toledo, Ohio
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“So many things are possible as long as you don't know they are impossible” 76 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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