Winner of the Newbery Medal A "New York Times Book Review" Best of Children's Books A National Book Award Nominee Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she's black to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away. "Taylor . . . writes not with rancor or bitterness of indignities, but with pride, strength, and respect for humanity." "The New York Times Book Review "