Cassie Logan has grown up in a family filled with love and dignity. They take fierce pride in owning their own land, a battle that the ancestors fought for them in generations past. But now, in the 1930s, for the first time, Cassie is experiencing the frightening, threatening and disorienting experience of her community being torn apart by racism, violence and hatred. She and her three brothers are getting an even deeper sense of the heritage, the pride and the essential family roots their land yields to them year after year.
This is a story of social injustice and the strength and power of family and the integral power of having an anchor in the soil you and your generations have fought for and call your own.
286 pages 978-0142401125 Ages 9-14
Other titles in the series: The Land; The Well; Song of the Trees; Mississippi Bridge; Let the Circle Be Unbroken; The Road to Memphis; All the Days Past; All the Days to Come
Keywords: Black Lives Matter, family, African American, African American author, part of a series, American history, prejudice, racism, discrimination, family, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, Newbery Medal
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie's story—Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.--from the publisher