Parents' Guide to

The Glory Field

By Li Lai, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Vivid family saga spans centuries of Black American history.

The Glory Field Book Cover: A painting with rolling hills, a couple of trees, and three figures with dark brown skin standing in the center before three gravestones

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Based on 2 parent reviews

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It's a good book for kids to read
age 13+

History shouldn't necessarily repeat

It's history people. It's all about maturity. Know that Congressman who said we should segregate? Yeah well look what black people had to suffer.

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In this deeply moving, centuries-spanning saga, readers can feel the pain and terror -- and the hope, love, and joy -- of a Black family with roots in coastal South Carolina. The Glory Field -- as the Lewis family named the land given to them after the Civil War -- nurtures six generations of sons and daughters. Myers impressively works digestible stories of the Lewis women and men into the broader backdrop of Black American history. Luvenia's desire to chart her own path in Chicago parallels The Great Migration, when millions of Black people left the American South. Tommy's decision to chain himself to a local sheriff in protest overlaps with the events of the civil rights movement. Though these anecdotes can feel glossed over, given the depth of the historic material, Myers successfully humanizes the often inhuman scale of atrocities leveled against Black Americans since the 1700s. Despite their challenges, characters aren't defined by their traumas; instead, it's their ingenuity, familial love, and ongoing perseverance that's emphasized in this stunning tale. It's a story that will linger with readers long after they've closed the book.

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