The Well: David's Story

The Well: David's Story

by Mildred D. Taylor

Paperback(Novella; Reprint)

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Another powerful story in the Logan Family Saga and companion to Mildred D. Taylor's Newbery Award-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

For David Logan, a time of distress means taking the higher road. 

During a drought, the Logan family shares their well water with their neighbors, black and white alike. But David’s brother Hammer finds it hard to share with Charlie Simms, who torments them because they are black. Hammer’s pride and Charlie’s meanness are a dangerous combination, and tensions between the boys build and build—until they explode.

* “A compelling novel about prejudice and the saving power of human dignity."—School Library Journal, starred review 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140386424
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Series: Logan Family Series
Edition description: Novella; Reprint
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 199,285
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including The Road to MemphisLet the Circle Be UnbrokenThe LandThe Well, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Her books have won numerous awards, among them a Newbery Medal (for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry), four Coretta Scott King Awards, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Her book The Land was awarded the L.A. Times Book Prize and the PEN Award for Children's Literature. In 2003, Ms. Taylor was named the First Laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature. Ms. Taylor now devotes her time to her family, writing, and what she terms "the family ranch" in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

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Well : David's Story 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry instead
dahabdabbler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The lack of chapters in the novel definitely moves the reader quickly through this action packed story! I enjoyed this work of historical fiction, but the ending left me wanting more ¿ a lot of good books do that. I always want to know more about the characters. I guess I can read the other novels about the Logan family! The southern dialect, both black and white, was well written and I could really "hear" the voices. It sometimes reminded me of my time growing up in Louisiana. Another important cultural aspect was the relationships between the Logan family ¿ the grandmother who lives with them and the closeness of the aunt and cousin who live on the land as well. This book would be a great addition to the study of this period in history and for studying the relationships between blacks and whites. I enjoyed the illustrations of different types of relationships between the two groups. Taylor shows the variety in human relationships and does not generalize the actions or thoughts of either group. The advice on using heads instead of hands is an excellent and important message. It was interesting in the end that Mr. Simms decides not to beat his boys, but rather forces them to clean the well. There are so many important issues in this book that if read in the classroom I am sure rich discussion would be sure to follow! It would be a great way to bring our history to a more personal level and it would truly help our students understand the connection between so much of what they are learning.
d_jones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This short novel by the same author of the 1977 Newberry Award winner, "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry", set in the south on a farm in Mississippi, tells the story of how patience and truth conquers hatred and racism, through the eyes of a young African-American boy named David Logan and his rebellious younger brother, Hammer. When the wells dry up in a particular area of Mississippi, the families nearby use the Logan's well. Trouble begins when a white family comes for the Logan's water. David's parents teach him respect, honor, and kindness by example. In contrast, Hammer, is more like his grandmother, angry and impatient from the effects of slavery. Excellent for use in the classroom to teach historical fiction, characterization, racism, and tolerance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How long is this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this just a sample because i boght it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was a great sub book to add to my collection of mildred d taylor books. i've never read this one or the other sub ones like song of the trees, but now that i have, they are small benefit books for going further into the logan family saga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have thought this book was an outstanding book. I never would of thought to read this beacuase im like that book woul be boring.until i was convinced o youll like this.and when i got halfway i thought o wow the logans are really nice! they would of been alot nicer then anyone i would know.that is also beacuase this happend almost 100 years ago! And hammer he never gave up to wanting to kill charlie. But the sad part is that they got whiped for charlie liend to the cop and his dad. But after hammer and david were done with helping them in there yard, hammer tripped charlie and beat him up. Then said go tell your dad the truth! Instead after a week or so, Charlie through a dead skunk in the well. But that could of cuased him not to drink water! that was such a stupid idea charlie did. But he found it funny.looks like hammer is going to beat him up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like this book because i have alot of colered friends and if anyone treated them like that i would stick up for them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the way the story flows. I know many people would enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hey this book is really good you should read it i have read all Mrs.Taylors books and they are GREAT!!!!! go ahead and read them all you will be satisfied :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book has beeen great me and my class mates are readin it.It has been great for me so far we are on page 75 tommarow and I already know I will get a 100% beause I can pictrue this books setting really happening it touch me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Well tought me that it was very rough for black people in the 1800s and 1900s. It just wasn't fair. People were getting killed and abused all the time. White people took advantage of the colored people. I think that you should read this book so that you learn about how whites were so rough to blacks. After reading it, hopefully, you'll understand the way I do about blacks and whites during the 1800s and 1900s.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it tells so much about our history!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Well takes place in Mississippi where segregation is everything. There is also a drought going on, and the only people with water are the Logans, who offer it willingly to anyone, which means black or white. The Simms Family has always been like enemies for the Logans. Even though the Logans have more land, and well water, the Simms¿s have one big thing against them: All of the Simms¿s are white, and that is their one up to the other family. The Simms boys always keep in mind what they have against the other kids, so they push around the Logans, Hammer and David. But one day, Hammer decides he is not going to take it anymore, and pushes right back. I did think this was a good novel. Some may look at it and comment amount the number of pages it has, but the message is really important, and it is good to see how much we take for granted these days and the people who worked hard to gain equality for everyone. I think a reader who has an interest in non-fiction stories about history would enjoy reading The Well: David¿s Story. Even though this certain time of person might like this book, I think anyone would because many people can appreciate what these real ¿ life people have been through for us. Overall, this novel was very well-written, and opened my eyes to what families like the Logans experienced. I hope to read more of Mildred D. Taylor¿s works that share her family¿s rich history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing story! The end is one that will make you smile.