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One of the best reviewed books of 1994, the Newbery author's novel follows five generations of one African-American family from Africa to a South Carolina plantation through the Civil War, the end of segregation and beyond, to a moving finale, when a young drug-addicted cousin is brought home to the glory field for a day of reunion and renewal. HC: Scholastic.

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Overview

One of the best reviewed books of 1994, the Newbery author's novel follows five generations of one African-American family from Africa to a South Carolina plantation through the Civil War, the end of segregation and beyond, to a moving finale, when a young drug-addicted cousin is brought home to the glory field for a day of reunion and renewal. HC: Scholastic.

Follows a family's two hundred forty-one 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 South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.

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Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This book is an astounding fictional study of the African-American Lewis family traced through two hundred and forty years. Myers wrote this novel to express the changes he saw in the texture of life from one generation to another. He succeeds brilliantly because of the authenticity of his characters; from Muhammad, brought in leg irons from Sierra Leone, Africa, to Curry Island, South Carolina, in 1753, to his descendant, urban-dweller Malcolm, who blends techniques to compose his own kind of music in 1994, and battles to bring his drug-addicted cousin to their family reunion. Myers never lectures; he only creates a stage for his heros and heroines to tell history. His characters expose differences of culture and sentiment by their actions and decisions, while struggling against the societal constraints of each period. They all show love for, and pride in, a family that builds a reputation of self-respect and determination through successive generations.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
In the tradition of Roots, Myers's novel follows one African-American family starting with its patriarch, Muhammad Bilal, who came to America in 1753 aboard a slave ship, to the present day Lewis family. Generation-skipping vignettes focus on the struggles of this family to maintain both their dignity and their precious land base, the Glory Field on Curry Island, South Carolina. Critical turning points in African-American history motivate each short glimpse into the Lewis psyche: emancipation during the Civil War; emigration North to the cities; and the birth of the Civil Rights Movement. While some of the incidents cry out for a book of their very own, Myers has managed to sketch a valid portrait of the subject through his microcosm family.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780590458986
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 6.96 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author


Walter Dean Myers is the 2012 - 2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author an award-winning body of work which includes, SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, and MONSTER. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author Awards, and three National Book Award Finalists citations. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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  • Posted March 29, 2009

    The Glory Field: A book review by Erick Williams

    " They didn't give us the key, sir. Just the chains."- Tommy Lewis

    This book started off as another boring book that I had to read for school,but after I was only a couple of chapters in, I couldn't put it down. It was all I could do not to read past the intervals decided by our teacher. It was interesting how Myers tracked one family through all this time.
    At the beginning, the main character is a young boy named Muhammud, whos has been captured as a slave. The first story tells of his life aboard the slaveship. Then, the second story describes a young slave girl whose brother is about to get hanged. She is caught bringing him water, and is about to get beaten by her master, but is rescued by another slave from her plantation. The three of them run away and make it to a Union camp of black slaves, where they escape to the north. Next up are three stories about three new generations of this family.Elijah, Luvenia, and Thomas are the next three characters. They all live in times of segregation. Elijah saves a white boy from a flooded island. Luvenia works through hard times to go to start her own business as a hair stylist. Tommy chooses to honor his heritage rather than sell out to get a basketball scholarship to his favorite college, by chaining him self to the sheriff during a protest. The final story in this book is probably the most moving. Malcolm Lewis is going to his family reunion on the Glory Field, but first, he is told to find his cousin Shep, and bring him too. This story describes their struggle to make it on time, along with other various problems, such as Shep's crack addiction and having to hitchhike all the way there because Shep spent the plane tickets money drugs. This last story exemplifies what it means to be a family. Shep and Malcolm stuck together through hard times, and made it out ok. Without the other, neither could have made it.
    Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It shows that good things happen if you perservere through rough times. It shows how powerful the bond between a family is. I think that all of those things together are what make it a great book. I would definitly recommend this to anyone and everyone I know.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

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    The Glory Field

    "The Glory Field" by Walter Dean Myers
    90 out of 375
    2 stars.

    The book "The Glory Field" is a novel written by Walter Dean Myers in what he says is an attempt to counter that which is portrayed by television. He does this by making his characters emphasis what TV seems to push to the side, for instance, hard work and good morals. This book is a collection of stories written by himself that together make a disjointed collage showing snapshots of a black families problems through the decades.
    It is filled with multiple stories about different members of the Lewis family. The first story is set many years ago as the first Lewis is taken from his home in Africa to be sold as a slave in America. Then comes the Civil war. Soon afterwards his characters are faced with segregation. The last chapter is about this now large family getting together to build a resort around the Glory Field, a field they have worked on since they first came to America.
    I give this book 2 stars, this is because "The Glory Field" has 375 pages and out of these only 90 were worth reading. I say this because the book starts with an exiting character in a perilous and intense predicament. Suddenly. we jump forward a few years and the story's that follow are mediocre at best. They are boring and in comparison to the first 8 pages, lacking in excitement they seem to simply explain the day-to-day life of the Lewis family in America. Much later we reach 82 pages of interesting material. Sadly enough, it is basically the story of a crack head and his brother trying to make it to a family re-union at Glory Field. Myer's would have done much better had he simply written a book about Mohammed.

    This book had potential. The first 8 pages and the last 82 pages were very good. Unfortunately, Myer's suddenly takes us from the slaving ship to a plantation where he proceeds to introduce a whole new generation of the Lewis family. Our boy Mohammed unexpectedly becomes a thing of the past and you are left wondering what happened to him. The story presents us with the beginnings of a "glorious read", leaves us with the anti-climax of the century and reduces us to pitiful tears of boredom.
    In short, I would not recommend this book to my worst enemy. If you are going to read a book, I figure it is a good idea to read one in which more then 24% of the book is actually any good.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

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    The Glory Field Book Review: By Ben U

    The Glory Field is a story of faith and drive through the generations of the Lewis family. Starting from Muhammad's trip across the ocean to Shep's cleansing in the Glory Field, this book shows the progression of life for African Americans through slavery, racism, and the Civil Rights Movement. The story takes place from in Africa to Curry Island, Chicago, and New York City. This book will change your view of African Americans and what they have had to go through. After reading The Glory Field it changed my perspective on the problems the African Americans went through and how they persevered and eventually succeeded in demolishing segregation.
    The Glory Field travels through five generations of the Lewis family showing the different struggles each generation had to face. Certain generations had to deal with slavery while others dealt with segregation and racism. Through the eyes of the generations you can grasp what life was like for the African Americans during that time. Muhammad deals with the struggles of being captured and taken into slavery from his native land of Africa. Lizzy deals with the hardships of being a slave in South Carolina and the pressure to escape and flee to the north. When the citizens of Curry discriminate against the African Americans, Elijah stands up and demands what he deserves. When Luvenia is having difficulty getting into college she has to beg her workers to help get her into college and has to lie to get the money for it. Tommy tries to change the segregation in his area and become a role model for his people and stand up for what he knows is right. When the yearly pilgrimages to Curry occur Shep and Malcolm return to the field and are cleansed of their wrongdoings.
    The critical elements are the points in each story where the main character deals with his problems and then perseveres through them for a goal. In the story of Tommy, his friend is beaten up by the KKK and severely injured. Tommy then decides to show his anger in a harmless way, yet it makes a big mark in the history of the town and of the African Americans. Every character is a role model who can persevere and show the world that they can handle problems and overcome them. This whole theme of overcoming every single problem in their way is new to me and altered my thoughts on them. I did not realize that there were countless acts of discrimination against the children of the African Americans. I also thought that only adults stood up for their causes when actually this book shows that the children stood up for their race as well. This book is extremely different then other books in the same genre. Normally the books like this one are long dull and boring, but The Glory Field is different. It has a large amount of action and it enlightens you on the topic it talks about. The Glory Field is a very unique book.
    The Glory Field proves that African Americans dealt with their problems and persevered through the problems. The generations from Muhammad to Malcolm blend into each other showing the world in their time frame and the challenges they had to deal with and led into the challenge for the next generation. The stories blend extremely well into each other and setting the stage for the next story. The Glory Field is a great book. It shows the progression of life for African Americans and the freedom they attained. The Glory Field is a must read for every one of all ages and ethnicities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2011

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    two words: BOR-RING!

    No offense, but this book was really boring. I had to read it for a school assignment and the whole way through I was bored out of mind. I don't ever want to see that book again! I have nothing against historical fiction, in fact I love Reincarnation, To Kill a Mockingbird, and others. This book didn't really have anything to keep you on the edge of your seat,but if you like that than I guess you might like it. I don't recommend it, though.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    The Glory Field is a good book. READ IT!

    I liked this book. It started out introducing a young 11 year old boy named Muhammad Bilal. He was an African American boy captured in Africa and was being brought over to America on a slave ship. The story tells how the slaves were treated on the ships, which was that they were treated very badly. Muhammad was the start of the Lewis family. After that, Walter Dean Myers(author) starts to talk about the later generations of Muhammad Bilal. Throughout the book Myers writes about how brave the Lewis family is and how they later get out of slavery and start to earn more freedom. One way they earned freedom was by owning The Glory Field. The Glory Field is a symbol of bravery and freedom to the Lewis family. That is how the book got its name, "The Glory Field".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2010

    November 9,2010

    I didnt like this book its so bording and theres no excitment but if your a book worm then you may like it but i have better things to do then just set there and read a book that made my grand mother fall asleep as i read it to her mo lies ether

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Billi Bob's Glory Field Review

    The book The Glory Field is a story of one generation of a family dating back from the 1700s to the late 1980s. The book is a perception from one family member's eyes to the next and on and on. It explains the hardship of each of the new people that you followed. The main idea was about the tough times that you had if you were black during slavery up into the end of the book. It was tough to get into but I really enjoyed it only because I could follow it.
    The author Walter Dean Myers grew up in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He has one heck of a large selection of writings and most have been Bestsellers. Including; Hoops, Fallen Angels, Shadow of the Red Moon, Slam, Shooter, The Mouse Rap, and obviously The Glory Field. This is just a few of the many great and exciting books he has written. So you know that the next addition to his legacy has to be good.
    So as you can see the author has some experience, or a lot, so you should be able to trust that he has another good book up his sleeve and In this case that book is The Glory Field. The book like I said takes place starting from the 1700s into the late 1980s.
    The book starts with an African American on a slave ship being taken to America. He takes about how he was hunting an animal and as soon as he sleighs the beast he is captured and shackles are put around his ankles. He continues about how the people are right on the verge of dying but with only one sip of water and a bit of food no one has died. Sickness passes around the boat and that finally the first two die and everyone else wishes that he same would happen to them.
    Since I don't want to give too much away I'm not going to repeat the whole book but will say even if my book review doesn't interest you from first glance I would recommend it one-hundred percent, and to all of those people that say that this book is too hard to follow that is an illogical statement. So from the view of an average eighth grader reading a book that's high school level it's not hard to follow just pay attention. Hopefully this helped and drawn you in a bit more so enjoy the book.
    So in conclusion the book has a long storyline that keeps you interested and follows to the climax. They all lead up into the end and has a surprise ending that I don't want to give away. Five Stars

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

    Review of The Glory Field

    Having trouble finding a book that will grasp your attention? The Glory Field is the book for you. I would recommend this novel to anyone who has an interest in history. This book takes place in the time of the Civil War. It tells the brutal struggles of African American slaves. I've never been a history or social studies person, but for some reason The Glory Field really had my immediate attention. If you read this book, I'm sure it'd have the same effect on you.

    The Glory Field takes you into the shoes of different African Amerricans during the rough time period for them. At times you could really experience what the characters were feeling. This story will take you through the Lewis family tree. It really was quite interesting. In the begining of the book, a young girl is inn the middle of escaping to freedom. She leaves her family behind for the better. Are you wondering if she made it to freedom? You will jsut have to read the book to find out.

    This novel is a timeline of the Lewis family. They started out coming from Africa and then settled on Curry Island, South Carolina. The Glory Field tells the story of a person from each generation. Walter Myers (the author) paints a vivid setting in your mind as you are reading each word off of the pages. I found myself rapidly flipping the pages. Myers made the book easy to follow and understand. I know many people think, "oh an educational book, no thanks." That was my first thought, but it really is a wonderful book.

    This may or may not be the book for you, but you should give it a chance. You may really find yourself drawn to each story and character. I know I was. Right when I would really get into one of the individual stories, it would end and switch over to a new person in the Lewis family.

    On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest), I would rate this book a 10. Finding out I had to read The Glory Field didn't excite me that much. Had I known this was such a great book, I would've been thrilled to read it. I can almost guarantee you will fall in love with this story.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

    The Glory Field.

    The Glory Field By: Walter Dean Myers
    The Glory Field
    4 stars

    The Glory Field was a fantastic book to read. It really isn't one of those boring books about history, although it is about history. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good book. I think any could enjoy this book.

    The book The Glory Field has five different stories in it. These stories are of five different African Americans in the same family. It first starts when one of the ancestors of the Lewis family is kidnapped in Africa and brought to America to be a slave. It then goes form generation to generation until it comes to modern day time. In the last story Malcolm goes to a Lewis family reunion and some of the people from the other stories are at the family reunion.

    I gave this book 4 out of 5. I gave it a 4 because overall it was good but sometimes I would lose interest in it. Like when it would keep going on about certain things and it got boring, other than that though it was excellent. It was very detailed and I could picture what it was like in every story.

    In conclusion this book is a very good book. Like I said before, I would really recommend this book to someone. It's a story but has a lot of history with it. The author did a great job and I'm planning on reading more of his books.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

    Glory Field

    The Glory field was written by Walter Dean Myers. The book brings you through the life of the Lewis family. It starts out in 1753. The first Lewis to come over was Muhammed. He is shipped from Africa to be a slave in what was called the new land. After that it jumps forward to the civil war times, 1900, 30, 64, and ends off in 1994. Each of these times have their own special story that revolve around one of the Lewis family members.

    Each Lewis family member runs into their own problems during the story. During the slavery times they have to do with being whipped or running away. Then during segregation they have to do with personal problems. Like in one story when one girl has trouble with her job that she love's so much and try's to make ends meet so she can go to college. Some also relate to more modern things that some people now days could have a better time understanding or relating too.

    Now for my personal opinion on the book. You actually learn a lot about slavery and segregation, along with everything else going on during those times. One downfall is that you don't have a lot to look forward to while reading though. This was actually a very good book though, but it's also very boring in certain ways. I wouldn't recommend this book to any middle schooler who is into the more action adventure type of stuff.

    If I were to rate this book I would give it a 6 out of 10. It is very interesting and written pretty well. Sometimes it stains to hold your attention, but pulls you back in after a long wait. I would also say that this book is a great book to use for a classroom to read during black history month. This is why I read it and I feel like it really helped see through the eye's of the Lewis family.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

    The Glory Field

    Glory Field Book: The Glory Field
    Author: Walter Dean Meyers
    Ratings: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars

    The Glory Field was good book. It was very surprising at times. Sometimes it would get boring, but for history it is a great book. It starts right when slavery first started in America and goes through the Civil Rights movement to present day. It starts out with Muhammad Lewis and goes through over five more Lewis generations. At first I thought I wouldn't like it, but it turned out to be good.
    The one thing I didn't like was how many times it would suddenly skip to the next generation. The first story is of Muhhamad coming to America to be a slave, next is Lizzy who must run away during slavery. Next comes Elijah who gets into some trouble, then there is Luviena who wants to go to college. Tommy is next and he also has the dream of going to college, and finally there is Malcom that goes to a family reunion and learns all about his heritage.I do like how it shows what it was like back then and that their last name is very important to them.
    I give this book a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. This book was good, but it wasn't the kind of book that kept me on the edge of my seat. It wasn't the kind that made me want to keep on reading and be sad when it was over.I did, however, like the ending, that is one thing to definently look forward to. In each generation there is one part that will excite you. I do recommend this book, especially if you want to learn some history.
    The Glory Field was a pretty good book. It goes through many generations of the Lewis family. I would recommend this book to anyone. It teaches very much about history and perserverance. Even though I gave it only a 3.5 out of 5 stars it was still a good book to read for any purpose.
    The Glory Field is basically about an African American family that has many hardships. They go through slavery to the Civil Rights movement to nowdays. My overall review is a 3.5 stars, but a few parts would at least get a four. This book shows you how to be proud of your heritage and family. I would recommend this book to anyone, it will teach you very much!

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

    The Glory Field

    The Glory Field
    Walter Dean Myers

    The Glory Field goes deep into one's mind and grasps the concept of poverty and slavery. I enjoyed this book very much. It was very educational. I found myself wrapped up into the individual stories of the fascinating characters of the Lewis family. Flipping through the pages is no challenge for this book. The Glory Filed is an excellent book for all ages.
    The Glory Field first takes place on a slave trade ship in the 1700s with the young slave, Muhammad and ends with the battling struggle between Malcolm and his drug abusing cousin in America. The book travels through slavery, Civil War, and segregation with the Lewis family. Muhammad was a young slave who was taken from Africa and put in a ship to work as a slave. Muhammad's time on the ship was horrible. Lizzy is a slave who works day and night on the fields. She escapes with the love of her life Lem. Luvena is a girl who lives in the heart of Chicago as a maid. She dreams of succeeding.
    Tommy is a basketball star who dreams of equality in the world. He is offered a scholarship to a whit college on account of promising to not get into any trouble. Malcolm is fun teenager in New York. He has a drug abusing cousin, and he wants to start his own band. Obviously, there are many new and exciting characters in The Glory Field.
    Walter Dean Myers does an excellent job at capturing the mind. The Glory Field gives us just a little taste of what life was like during slavery and segregation. It showed the struggle that all African Americans had to go through each and every day just to live. It gives a fully illustrated summary of what life was really like on the fields, and how a man takes pride into what is his.
    Over all, I thought that The Glory Field was an excellent book for all readers. It's a story of love, friendship, and hope. This loving story can be an inspiration to us all. It reminds us to never give up and to keep on working on what you believe in. The characters in the book are exciting. This story was great!

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

    THe Glory Field

    The Glory Field, by Walter Dean Myers, is a story about the Lewis's, an African-American family, from when the young-enslaved Muhammad comes from Africa on a slave trade ship in the 1700's to Malcolm trying to cleanse his drug abusing cousin in present day America. The book goes from a slave trade ship, to Curry Island, Chicago, Curry Island, New York, and back to Curry Island. It views the Lewis family overcoming the slavery, segregation, and the Civil Rights, Movement.
    Muhammad was a young African who was abducted. He was put on a slave trip with hundreds of others. Death seemed to loom around the ship like the hot, sticky air. This is the driest story of the book, but a great starter.
    Lizzy is a slave who has to work day after scorching day in the fields. When her escaped family comes back she has no choice but to follow them on their quest towards freedom. Luvena is a city girl who lives in Chicago and works as a maid. When her mistress wants to go driving and makes up the excuse that Luvena is pregnant, she gets fired.
    Tommy is a basketball star who wants nothing more than to be treated as an equal. He wants to go to a white college and is offered a scholarship as long as he doesn't get into any trouble. Knowingly giving up his college dreams, he chains himself to the sheriff as a protest to stand up for his community. Malcolm is a teenager in New York who is trying to start a band. He is going to a family reunion and is charged with the job of getting his drug abusing cousin to it. After his cousin, Shep, spends the airfare money on the pipe they have to take a bus and hitch-hike to get to Curry Island in time for the final harvest of the Glory Field amongst others to make room for an amusement park.
    The book was very emotional and a good inspirational story. It just made me want to be part of one of the marches or demonstrations. I thought it was a great book written with a lot of thought and detail. I thought it was interesting how it followed the family and showed how people have changed over the years.

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  • Posted March 27, 2009

    Then Came That Glory...

    The Glory Field is a book by Walter Dean Myers. Following Myers' style, this book tells it like it is. This book traces a black family, The Lewis family. It was very interesting to see the changes through the years, and how they affected them.

    The story starts out in 1753. Young Muhammed Ablil is shipped over from Africa. He is coming over to North America. He is to be a slave in this new found land.It is like Death to the captured slaves.

    It then switches to the Civil War days. Young Lizzy Lewis is one of the slaves on the Haynes plantation. Her brother Lem is going to be hanged. She is caught bringing him water, and is about to get a beating. However, she escapes this and finds a Union camp with black soldiers, where they escape North.

    It then switches to 1900 where Elijah Lewis saves someone from an island out at sea. After that,it tells Elijah had gone to live in Chicago. In 1930, His niece, Luvenia, wants to go to a University, where one of her friends goes. She finally gets to go, but has to go through a lot to get there.

    It then switches to 1964, where Tommy wants to play basketball for State University. He takes part in a demonstration. He is arrested and chains himself to the sherriff. Then in 1994, Malcolm Lewis is in a band, and goes back down to the plantation for a Lewis family reunion, with his cousin Shep, who is a crack addict.He realizes his own family's history, and he is given the chains from the beginning of the book.

    In the epilouge, it tells the plantation will become a golf course. It was a good book for people of all ages. It shows how much things have changed over the years. It does switch from thing to thing, which might be jarring to some people. Still it is a good book.

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

    The Glory Field by: Callie Christopherson

    This book opened my eyes a little about African Americans. This story is about teenagers to adults being very courageous and they end up escaping prejudice and then further on in the story, drug addiction. Like the librarian said, ¿It is a very long book, but it is divided into several different stories, making it more fun and easy to read.¿ It¿s a journey from slavery to becoming a closer family and becoming ONE and having a special bond. It teaches the readers about what African Americans have to go through every single day. This book is all for Americans to read and learn from. African American families in this book struggle for freedom and dignity. There is a ten year old boy named Muhammad who is chained in the slave ship. There is a girl named Lizzie who escapes from slavery. There is a girl in the story named, Luvenia who is fired from a job. A sixteen year old boy named Tommy who has a chance to become the first African American to enroll in the local state college but loses it. I loved this book, because there were several different stories and after reading one, I want to know what the next one is about or what¿s going on. It defiantly was a book I couldn¿t keep down, it kept my attention the whole entire book and most stories are hard for me to keep reading. I like this book so much because it is so real and makes you think real hard about how and what African Americans have to deal with. I have always heard but I never truly knew what they had to go through. A lot of people including myself take advantage of things and also don¿t realize how much we have in life and how thankful we should be for what we have. It taught me that family is the best thing you could ever have. Even if you don¿t have anything, if you have family, you have other people to lean on and you¿re not all by yourself. It¿s easier having family by your side through it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2008

    Glory Glory

    I picked this book to read for english class because i recognized the author as a poet whoe works i have read some of. All in all, i may like his poetry better than his full novels. The Glory Field was a well written book but the reader must really stick with it. It was a book i had to put down and sleep on for a bit, but once engaged and fully aware of the events of the book it is very enjoyable. Stick with it and you will be happy you read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2008

    A reviewer

    This was one of the best non-fiction books that I have ever read. I am young and I have had a short life but this book tells you have to stick together as a family and how to help each other. The family goes through many trials and tribulations together an dthey come oput of the problem together. When one family member is down the whole family is down. Whoever reads this book next you will really enjoy because you will know how to stick together as a family eventhough you all may go through things. After reading this book, if you had any problems with your family go back and talk to them and tell them that you didn't mean what you said because any person always need FAMILY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2007

    A reviewer

    I chose to read this book as an option for English class. All in all, I enjoyed it. I especially liked how each character had their own story that showed how important the Glory Field was to them. However, if you don't like historical fiction, you could find this book slightly boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    Made For All!

    This is a beautiful book. It should be on all list of children at over-the-summer reading. It is a very powerful book. It has romance, humor, and very touching parts. I just loved this book. It is indeed very outstanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    The Glory Field

    I have to read this book for my Social Studies class. My class is also watching the movie, Roots. After we watched this movie, we read Glroy Field. I really love the movie and love the book also. The book is a little above my reading level so watching the movie, Roots, helped me out a lot!

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