Growing up in the Deep South during the 1930s, 9-year-old Cassie Logan has led a sheltered life. But one trouble-filled year takes all of that away. Cassie is forced to confront the prejudices that face her African-American family and learns to value the land that they own. Winner of the 1977 Newbery Medal.
Author Taylor emphasizes the benefits of independence and the strength of family bonds.