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The Land

(Logans #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  6,389 ratings  ·  423 reviews
A stunning repackage of a companion to Mildred D. Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, with cover art by two-time Caldecott Honor Award winner Kadir Nelson!

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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 6th 2017 by Puffin (first published 2001)
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May 06, 2011 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
Jul 21, 2007 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. ...more
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 22, 2011 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
Five stars, each and every time. Mildred D. Taylor’s prequel to the Logan family saga introduces readers to Paul-Edward Logan, a man of quiet strength, resolute morals, and audible ambition. (He may be better known, in certain circles, generations, and fandoms, as Cassie Logan’s grandfather.) The Land is a masterfully-paced story that reminds you of the deep pleasure found in hard work aimed towards an honest end, and it’s one that I have a deep history with.

The Land was one of the first books
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
Mrs. Berger
Jan 28, 2013 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
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After writing many books about the Logan family of Mississippi, author Mildred D Taylor wrote a prequel, using her real great-grandfather's story as the basis for it. *Some spoilers* Paul Edward is born right before the Civil War to a white father and a slave mother who was half Native American. Paul Edward was raised by both parents, and his father acknowledged his Black children, as his white wife had died so he lived openly with Paul's mother. His older white brothers accepted him and his sis ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Candace by: Adira
Paul-Edward will stay with me for a very long time. My heart broke, sang, I held my breath, I got mad, I watched him pull through. Mildred D Taylor shows all sides of her characters and doesn't shy away from hard subjects or complex feelings. Right to the end I wasn't exactly sure what was going to happen and I was with her the whole way as she told the story. Much of it (as well as the other Logan family books) was based on true experiences lived by members of her own family, and I think that c ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read-owned
The author’s note made this a definite 5 star read — I love the Logan family!
Colleen Sheaffer
Great book!
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
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
Emma Lauren
Dec 11, 2012 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-harder-2016
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
 Imani ♥ ☮
One of my favorite books ever :)
This is the first book in the Logan saga. Which, by the way, must be one of my favorite sagas/series ever. In short, this book chronicles the life of Cassie's grandfather, Paul. It depicts his life as he struggles to accept his multiracial heritage(he's N.American, Black, and White). He was born a slave, to his slave mother and his master father. He grew up actually being acknowledged by his white father, which was rare.
I guess it's kind of hard to explain unless
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mildred Taylor is a treasure. THE LAND, a prequel to ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY is a rich, complex story about a mixed race, former slave, Paul Edward, who forges his destiny in post-Civil War Georgia. Adults and young adults will find this tale satisfying because of Ms. Taylor's fine dialogue and compelling characterizations. This story, based on Ms. Taylor's great-grandparents, relives the drama of ex-slaves's trying to get a stake hold in America as free men and women. ...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
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. ...more
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.
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ya historical fiction fans
I could not put this book down! What incredible writing (characters, plot, setting--everything)! If you like YA historical fiction, don't miss this one! ...more
Jodie Pine
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mildred D Taylor is a master storyteller and is incredibly gifted in character development. Our family has been captivated by the Logan family's generational story as we have read her books outloud. The Land gives insightful background to the book we started with--Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry--and a greater understanding of why fighting to hold on to the land was so important to Cassie's family.

The way Taylor brings out racial issues allows the reader to ponder them from different angles. In thi
“We were all connected, but the family line was muddled by color, and as I grew older, things began to take on different meanings for me.” —The Land, Mildred D. Taylor

Thank you to Adira @introvertinterrupted for bringing to my attention that Mildred Taylor had written several books about the Logan family. I had no idea there was a series for the popular book, Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry until I saw several of her posts earlier this year. At that moment, I was determined to get my hands on them a
Naomi R
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The Land starts during the younger childhood of Paul-Edward Logan. Paul has lived on his rich white daddy's farm during all of his life. His mother who was once a slave to Edward Logan had him and his older sister Cassie. Paul's father had 3 other children with a different woman and Paul has been close with his 3 brothers all of his life. Through out the book it tells of his hardships of a colored man with an education and a lust for land of his own. It also tells of how hard it was to be colore ...more
This book is a combination of “real” as told by her family about their family history, and “real” as it was based on the author’s own story of her efforts to own some land that she fell in love with. Now the sum makes it fiction on the one hand, but with truths that are real and everlasting, on the other hand. This is told from the point of view of her great grandfather, Paul-Edward. Paul-Edward had a White father and a Native American/African American mother, using the terms accepted today. Pau ...more
Never Without a Book
I am happy to say that I LOVED this book!⁣

Initially I was worried that I would be disappointed with The Land, because Roll of Thunder was the only book by Taylor that I’ve read It’s my absolute favorite. In this book Taylor plants the seed for the Logan family series and focuses on, Paul-Edward Logan— who was Born into slavery a little before the end of the civil war. Paul-Edward’s father, Edward Logan, is a wealthy white landowner and widower with three white sons. Now, Paul-Edward, his mother
Owen Marshall
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Demetrius Rogers
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, read-to-kids
This was amazing. Thoroughly loved it. Being half black, half white, it was easy for me to identify with the main character. I don't think there's enough written (at least that I know of) regarding the situation of interracial people during the era of the reconstruction. The complexity of their situation then and now seems largely overlooked. So, for that reason alone I loved the attention this gave the topic. But, wow, there were great lessons to learn here - family, friendship, loyalty, patien ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book (though written later, I believe) in the story of the Logan family, which includes Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. I read that one first and wanted to go back in the family history so I grabbed this one next.

The novel heavily involves race relations in the immediate post-slavery years, so it has quite a bit of uncomfortable subject matter. It’s an incredibly good book and worth the time. I also loved at the end of the book when the author talked about how much of the story w
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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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  • The Well: David's Story (Logans, #2)
  • Song of the Trees (Logans, #3)
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Logans, #4)
  • Let the Circle Be Unbroken (Logans, #5)
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