Our Bookshelves: The Logan Family Saga
The Logan Family Saga, by Mildred D. Taylor
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Grade Level: 3 - 8+
The Logan Family Saga includes ten books that focus on Cassie Logan and her family. Taylor's depiction of an African American family during pivotal moments in American history deepens our awareness of the racialized tensions that shape our nation.
The books become more complex and address more challenging themes as we trace the Logan family's experiences throughout American history. It is advised that parents carefully review and select the novel appropriate for their child's maturity. Younger readers would likely be capable of reading Song of the Trees or Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. The tenth book, All the Days Past, All the Days to Come, is more appropriate for an upper high school or college reader. Taylor's works grow with the reader and can be a series that is returned to each year as your reader becomes more comfortable with complex, realistic fiction.
The stories trace the experiences of the family members related to Cassie Young; they are not all centrally focused on Cassie Young. The importance of Cassie's family and their impact on her life experiences is a good opportunity to reflect on our own extended family. Younger writers may benefit from interviewing grandparents, great aunts and uncles, or extended family members and friends about what it was like when they were younger.
Older writers will benefit from researching and writing about the historical events that are captured in Taylor's works. The Logan family's experiences are all the more powerful when we realize their very real setting.