The Glory Field

The Glory Field

by Walter Dean Myers

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ISBN-13: 9780545055758
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 114,067
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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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TheBenHMMS More than 1 year ago
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.
Essien_Chiamaka More than 1 year ago
"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.
ThePrinceof94 More than 1 year ago
" 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.
vaillance on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Although The Glory Field is grand in scope, spanning many generations of the Lewis family, each segment of the story is filled with the thoughts and dreams of the brave individuals who acted on their aspirations, and a saga of the African American experience is brought to life by the precise and evocative language of Walter Dean Myers.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book follows the Lewis family through many generations. Beginning with Muhammad Bilal, who was captured and brought to America on a slave ship, to family members who now live in Harlem in 1994. Some of the family has traveled far from the plantation while others still live and farm the land, but all are proud of the ancestors that came before them.
ALelliott on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This powerful novel tells the story of the Lewis family through six generations. It begins with Muhammad Bilal's journey from Africa in the belly of a slave ship, then progresses through stories set during the Civil War, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights movement, all the way to 1990's Harlem. Throughout, the Lewis's own a very special plot of land that they call The Glory Field. It is a reminder of everything they and their ancestors have been through. Told in short vignettes, we only see glimpses of each of the characters' lives, but it is enough to illustrate their strength and love of their family.Each section of the novel has a lot of action, and is historically accurate. The white characters aren't demonized (except for maybe the slave drivers in the first section), but they do portray accurately the attitudes and prejudices of the day, and each is subtly different. This novel is chock full of potential discussions about everything from racism to family life to freedom. Some students may be frightened or dismayed by the violence in some sections of the novel, but it is never gratuitous, and shows them how violence was and is a fact of life for many people of color during various parts of history.For ages 10 and up.
northandsouth on LibraryThing 10 months ago
An instant classic. Although it is long, this multi-generation story brings the reader to a different time and place. A highly satisfying read when you are done with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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KarliB More than 1 year ago
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".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Callie23 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an okay book. We are still reading it in my reading class though. It could be better. This book is mostly about how the Lewis family trys to save their lot that they call the 'Glory Field'. From what some of the other people wrote on here about this book, it seems like it could get better. But i am going to have to wait and see for myself.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great and outstanding. This book is about a family who lives through dark times. It starts off with a guy that is taken away from Africa. Each Chapter shows how the family is each generations. It takes you to our current times right now. The author shows that one family is rooted back to the slave trade and up until the times of Martin Luther King, Jr. fighting for blacks¿ rights. The author specifically shows that history affected one family. In the second generation, it takes place on Curry Island of South Carolina in 1864. This is the start of the slavery times. The family stays through out the whole book, and the glory and past is rooted through the shackles that their origins was in. They had to live through slavery, KKK of the reconstruction, The Great Depression, the Equal Rights movements, and the times right before the 21st century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. I just couldn't put it down. I just love how Walter Dean Myers writes about one family of a period of 250 or so years. I just don't like how once you think you're getting to know a character, the story makes a time jump and you read about another character. But overall an amazing book! Keep'm coming Walter!
Guest More than 1 year ago
honestly, this has to be the most boring book there is. my language teacher is forcing my class to read it. please, there needsto be SOME excitement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. i was forced to read this for a class however, I found it quite enjoyable. I loved the fact that all the years were connected in someway and you could see what happened to people after the end of their section. also, I enjoyed leaerning that blacks have always had hardships, even in 1994. I think everyone should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Glory Field was a great book. It shows the hitory of an african american family over time. By showing you their life style during certain times in history it show you how their lives were it is a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is one of a kind. It tells a story of a African American family, that their ancestor was shackled and was shiped over to the colonies. From that time in 1750's, starts a generation that tells all about how hard any African American families had it since the times before the war that was fought to free slaves and to hundred years later. I believe the auther was telling us the changes and the feelings each generation had. And I have not read or herd of another story that has done this. Its like reading multiple stories in the some novel, which gives me the urge to keep reading this five star novel.