The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Follows a family's 241 year history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in S
 

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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsberg, West Virginia, into a very poor family. When he was three years old, he was adopted by Herbert and Florence Dean, who lived in Harlem. He began writing stories while still in his teens but had little hope of becoming a professional writer because, coming from a family of laborers, he too was expected to work with his hands. However, Myers refused to accept the notion that because he was black and poor he was restricted in what he could do. He enlisted in the army on his 17th birthday, and while there he read everything he could. After completing his army service, he took what jobs he could while continuing to write. He entered and won a 1969 contest sponsored by the Council on Interracial Books for Children, which led to the publication of his first book for children, Where Does the Day Go? He has written more than 30 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. Aside from telling good stories, he strives to convey what he learned while young. His message to black youth is that although growing up is not easy and reality can be harsh, young African Americans can succeed despite the odds against them. His other works include Fallen Angels, The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner, Now Is Your Time, and Jazz. He has won the Coretta Scott King Award for African American authors five times. In addition to the publication of his books, he leads a writing workshop for children in a school in Jersey City, New Jersey.
 
Published January 1, 1994 by Scholastic, Inc.. 375 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Education & Reference. Fiction

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And now in Harlem, talented young musician Malcolm Lewis is responsible for bringing his crack-addicted cousin, Shep, to the Lewis family reunion on Curry Island.

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Spanning nearly 250 years of African American history, this emotionally charged saga of the Lewis family traces an ongoing battle for freedom and equality. Beginning with young Muhammad Bilal's journe

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Spanning nearly 250 years of African American history, this emotionally charged saga of the Lewis family traces an ongoing battle for freedom and equality. Beginning with young Muhammad Bilal's journe

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Each story has the power to keep readers involved, from Lizzie's exciting escape from slavery and Elijah's battle against a storm to Malcolm's trip from New York to South Carolina with his drug-addicted cousin.

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Gr 7 Up—This moving saga of an African American family covers a span of 250 years. The book is divided into five parts, beginning with Muhammed Bilal being captured in Sierra Leone in 1753. He survives his journey on a slave ship to America. Listeners then meet Lizzie, a teenage slave on a planta...

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