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Publisher's Note:

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come is the tenth and final book in the Logan Family saga. Written by award-winning author Mildred D. Taylor, this character-driven novelis a beautiful tribute to love, life, and family. All the Days Past provides readers with a front row seat to the tumultuous American civil rights movement. Heroine Cassie experiences love and loss, maturing as a …

Overall Book Review:

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come is the tenth and final book in the Logan Family saga. Written by award-winning author Mildred D. Taylor, this character-driven novelis a beautiful tribute to love, life, and family. All the Days Past provides readers with a front row seat to the tumultuous American civil rights movement. Heroine Cassie experiences love and loss, maturing as a character and narrator. Taylor writes with vivid detail, a good amount of foreshadowing, and sprinkles real figures throughout this historical fiction. While the book is just shy of 500 pages, the pacing keeps the plot moving quickly. Taylor’s work is a powerful read that will stir up a lot of emotions with so much racial discrimination and injustice. Despite being the conclusion of an epic saga, All the Days Past, All the Days to Come can be read as a stand-alone novel.  

Review of an Advance Reading Copy provided by the Publisher


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 13 religious exclamations; 14 mild obscenities; 14 derogatory names; 1 scatological word.

Violence/Gore: Several verbal threats; frequent secondhand reports of violence include fistfights, assassinations of civil rights leaders, characters killed in war, people shot, beaten, and lit on fire, cars forced off the road resulting in crashes and death, a woman forcibly removed from a doctor’s office, people pepper-sprayed and attacked with paint, Freedom Riders beaten by crowds. A few brief scenes of violence including Freedom Riders being beaten by a mob, characters shot at while driving, and characters attacked by police. Destruction of property with no casualties when a church is set on fire in a brief scene. A brief, non-detailed scene of violent death occurs when a character drowns. 

Sex/Nudity: Multiple incidents of kissing; several sexual references including a woman being propositioned, an alluded report of rape, individuals are described as mixed race because of slavery, a woman is invited to stay at a man’s place; several implied or reports incidents of sexual activity include masters having intimate relations/raping their slaves; several mature discussions regarding sex between adults. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of family members and friends, civil rights, discrimination, sit-ins, riots, Freedom Riders, slavery, Jim Crow, physical assault, arrests and serving jail time, drowning, war and the draft, arson, miscarriage, divorce, Emmett Till, NAACP, hooded riders, fear of extradition, Black Muslims, dating someone of a different race, stroke, cancer. 

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Several characters drink and/or smoke. Drinking occurs at a party. 

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
4
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
5
10

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.