Dimensions: 392 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in
Published: September 13, 2001
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0803719507
ISBN - 13: 9780803719507
Read from the Book
Mitchell I loved my daddy. I loved my brothers too. But in the end it was Mitchell Thomas and I who were most like brothers, with a bond that couldn’t be broken. The two of us came into Mississippi together by way of East Texas, and that was when we were still boys, long after we had come to our understanding of each other. Seeing that we were a long way from our Georgia home and both of us being strangers here in Mississippi, the two of us depended on each other and became as family. But it wasn’t always that way. In the beginning the two of us didn’t get along at all. Fact to business, there was a time it seemed like to me Mitchell Thomas lived just to taunt me. There were other boys too who picked on me, but Mitchell was the worst. I recall one time in particular when I was about nine or so and I was reading beside a creek on my daddy’s land, and Mitchell came up from behind me and just whopped me on the head. For no reason. Just whopped me on the head! Course I jumped up mad. “What ya do that for?” I cried. “Felt like it,” he said. That’s all; he felt like it. “Ya wanna do somethin’ ’bout it?” But I said nothing. Sure, I wanted to do something about it, all right, but I was no fool. Besides the fact I was a small-built boy, Mitchell was a year and some months older than me, a big boy too, stronger than most boys his age, and he could’ve broken me in two if he’d had the mind. Mitchell
From the Publisher
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award!
Millions of fans have followed the Logan family in their
seven-book series. Living in the South in the not-so-distant past,
the Logans are the only black family to own farmland, while most of
their black neighbors are sharecroppers on white-owned land. But
where did this valuable legacy come from?
The story begins with Paul-Edward Logan, grandfather of Cassie
Logan, the beloved protagonist of Newbery Medal-winning
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Born during the
Civil War, Paul-Edward is the son of a white plantation owner and a
former slave. Though not an unusual heritage, his upbringing is.
Paul-Edward's white father sees to it that he and his sister have
many of the privileges their white half-brothers enjoy. But at
fourteen, Paul-Edward runs away to seek his fortune. His story is
filled with exciting, sometimes heart-breaking adventures, and what
is most amazing, his dream of land-ownership, almost impossible for
a black person to accomplish in the post-Civil War South, becomes
The Land, like all the books in this award-winning series, is
based on the experiences of the Taylor family, bringing historical
truth and power to this awe-inspiring story.
About the Author
Mildred D. Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi on September 13, 1943 and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She received a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Toledo in 1965 and then spent two years in the Peace Corp teaching English and History in Ethiopia. She received a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado. During this time, she joined the Black Student Alliance and assisted in creating the black studies program at the university. After graduation and before becoming a full-time author, she worked for the Black Education Program as a study skills director. Using her personal experiences and family stories she heard while growing up, Taylor has created several historical fiction books that offer realistic portraits of African-American families in the mid-1900s. Her novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry won the Newbery Award in 1977 and was made into a television movie in 1978. The Well: David's Story received the 1997 Jason Award. She has also received the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Jane Addams Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Christopher Award multiple times. She currently lives in Colorado.