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4.39 out of 54.39 out of 54.39 out of 54.39 out of 54.39 out of 5 4.39 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mildred D. Taylor Narrator: Ruben Santiago-Hudson Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2003 ISBN:
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Ever since running away at the age of fourteen, Paul-Edward, the son of a white landowner and a black slave, has had one dream: to own land every bit as good as his daddy's. While growing up, Paul-Edward loved, and feared, his father, but he loved the land unconditionally. Then, after a rash act of youthful rebellion, he leaves his family behind and vows to succeed on his own. However, for anyone black coming of age in 1880s Mississippi, this is no simple goal. From horse racing to lumber camps to outwitting double-crossing businessmen, Paul-Edward will do what it takes to make his dream come true, along the way discovering his own strength, learning the value of friendship and even falling in love. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/13/2014

    " I pretty much love everything Mildred D. Taylor has written and The Land is no exception. She does an incredible job of presenting young readers (fifth grade and up, I would recommend for this book; older if one is concerned about the use of the "N-word") with historic topics and events that may otherwise be overlooked. Paul-Edward, the main character of this book and grandfather to the Logan children of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, is the son of a former slave and her white master. The Land revolves around his conflicted emotions when it comes to his birth family, both the white and black sides, and how he comes to terms with his own identity in the Reconstruction-era South. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenzi Kraync | 1/31/2014

    " This book was one of my favorites! This book talks alot about the struggles black people faced even after they were given there freedom. My favorite character is a black boy named Mitchel, I like him because has a stronge sense of self value. He realizes taht just because he is black doesn't make him worth less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andi | 1/28/2014

    " The story of Paul, who leaves his white father's land and Black mother's home to find make his own way in the post-Civil War south as a mixed young man. His dream is to own land as beautiful as his father's. Prequel to the Logan family stories (Roll of Thunder et al) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Shelley | 1/24/2014

    " Wonderful book. All young adults should have to read this series. Its a bit of American history. I can't wait to get to book 2, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/21/2014

    " 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 have a way of changing one brother's view of him and Paul runs away. His dream has always been to own land, and he saves money through his work with his friend Mitchell. They eventually end up in an area where Paul finds his dream land. Through the subsequent years, Paul, along with Mitchell and other new found friends, painstakingly work for another piece of land while he waits for the dream land to become available to buy. When it becomes available, a few mishaps come along that nearly prevent him from getting it. Although it was predictable that he would obtain the land, the way he gets it is miraculous, brought on by his and others' faith in God. It was a beautiful, moving story that is actually taken from Mildred Taylor's family history. I recommend this to anyone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gilbert Polanco | 1/18/2014

    " easy read, but a great story really pull you back in time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anino | 1/16/2014

    " This book is a must read for everyone. Exceptional author who teaches us the power of faith & family. Never read her stories as a child, but I was fortunate to read them as an adult. Well worth the time. I wish that I could tell my family's history with the same talented flair that Ms. Taylor has. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassi aka Snow White Haggard | 12/24/2013

    " So enjoyable and well narrated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel N | 12/16/2013

    " Mildred Taylor is a master storyteller, using true accounts from her own family to weave together moving stories for readers of all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 11/24/2013

    " I read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, in middle school, and it really made an impression on me. So when I saw that she had written a prequel to it, I decided to read it. I really enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 11/9/2013

    " Prequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Recommended for mature kids 12 and up --actually, quite appropriate for adults, as the protagonist, Paul-Edward Logan (Cassie Logan's grandfather) is an adult and deals with very adult issues throughout a good half of the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cymberley | 10/29/2013

    " I absolutely LOVED this Book. It was sad and happy and wonderfully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 9/10/2013

    " I love this book and have read it several times. Great historical fiction and a very, very good book besides. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay Olesberg | 7/14/2013

    " Great novel to read with older kids. Deals with race in post civil war south. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Sorrell | 8/22/2012

    " I have a hard time imagining this type of mentality existed. I hurt for Paul but so glad he achived his goal but at such a price. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 5/15/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 1/27/2012

    " This is a good book that I really liked. It deals with slaves and all so you might not like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kindred Spirit | 1/2/2012

    " Another amazing book by Mildred D. Taylor, this one chronicling the very beginning of the Logan family with the focus on Paul-Edward (Cassie's grandfather) as a boy and young man. An engaging read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 12/24/2011

    " Who would think that i would be reading all these types of books ( these mildred taylor books) they are just so captivating and interesting that i just loved them soooo much! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 10/18/2011

    " I'm not usually a fan of prequels since they are usually a lose-lose scenario (readers might unfairly (?) compare them to the original and authors will sometimes recycle the same 'winning' ingredients to tell the story), but this is about as good as they can get. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R | 9/3/2011

    " I loved this book. It's hard not to love a book when you've got a really likable main character who has a single-minded goal and faces many obstacles to get to that goal. (So much cringing I did while listening to this!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moises | 7/2/2011

    " Read it when I was twelve, I still remember it to this day, one of my youth favorites "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 5/14/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 5/11/2011

    " The book started too slow for me but when I was in the chapter called "The Promise" that is where the book really became interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/26/2011

    " Wonderful book. All young adults should have to read this series. Its a bit of American history. I can't wait to get to book 2, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeni | 4/20/2011

    " Loved it! The detailed description took me there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 3/22/2011

    " I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did. It was a very good book. I loved the characters. I'm ready to read "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodi | 2/25/2011

    " This book was a little boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/3/2011

    " This is the PREQUEL to Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, so read this first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 12/19/2010

    " I have a hard time imagining this type of mentality existed. I hurt for Paul but so glad he achived his goal but at such a price. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 12/2/2010

    " I read this quite a time ago but was a lovely story "

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