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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.
©2001 Mildred D. Taylor; (P)2001 Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Readers...will grab this and be astonished by its powerful story." (Booklist)
"It's a powerful, evergreen story that furthers our understanding of American history." (AudioFile)
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By DECLO 68 on 06-19-04

Totally Awsome Story!

Here is a book that can't be sat down! I have loved other of her books but this one is just fantatic. The story is gripping and heartwarming. There is not annoying profanity, or uncomfortable sexual scenes. This book is one that makes you sit in the car long after you have finished your trip and keep listening. The characters are developed well, and maybe the best thing is that I found myself wanting to have the character and integrity of Paul.

Thank you Mildred Taylor and thank you Audible!

Jack Rose

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

By Rick on 08-26-04

Laugh and cry!!!

I will never forget this story! This is the best written book since Memoirs of a Geisha. I highly recommend listening to this book. Inspiring, sad and beautiful. This is my first Taylor book. It won't be my last. I wish I could give more stars.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Mr on 10-17-16


Great as always with Mildred. its great to here about the struggle to get land. The land that we have herd so much about in the other books

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By Caroline on 10-08-14

Beautifully Written and Narrated Story!

I genuinely loved this story and was so sad when the book ended, as I wanted more. The tale covers happiness, sadness, love, hate and triumph over adversity. Well worth a listen!

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