The Friendship

The Friendship

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by Mildred D. Taylor, Max Ginsberg

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Cassie witnesses a black man address a white storekeeper by his first name.

"A powerful story . . .Readers will be haunted by its drama and emotion long after they have closed the book." --Booklist


Cassie witnesses a black man address a white storekeeper by his first name.

"A powerful story . . .Readers will be haunted by its drama and emotion long after they have closed the book." --Booklist

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-6 A hot, humid afternoon in Mississippi in 1933 is the setting for a tense drama and tragic confrontation between Mr. Tom Bee, an elderly black man, and a white store owner, John Wallace. The interaction between the two men portrays how severely the bonds of friendship can be tested against a backdrop of racism, peer pressure, and individual rights. This novella is narrated by Cassie Logan from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Dial, 1976). She and her brothers go to the country store for some medicine for a neighbor. At the store, they are hassled by Wallace's sons. They run into Mr. Bee, who addresses John Wallace by his first name. Blacks are forbidden to do so, but Mr. Bee had saved John's life on more than one occasion, and John had given him permission to call him by his first name. Under pressure and taunting by the men in his store, John reneges on his promise in an explosive and devastating outburst. The characterization is very strong in this brief drama, and the events of this fateful afternoon will be unforgettable. The black-and-white illustrations are noteworthy, and depict the story's mood and action well. This book lends itself well to discussions on various topics pertaining to human relations. Jeanette Lambert, Albuquerque Public Library, N.M.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including The Road to MemphisLet the Circle Be UnbrokenThe Land, 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.

Mildred Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Toledo, she served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia for two years and then spent the next year traveling throughout the United States, working and recruiting for the Peace Corps. At the University of Colorado’s School of Journalism, she helped created a Black Studies program and taught in the program for two years. Ms. Taylor has worked as a proofreader-editor and as program coordinator for an international house and a community free school. She 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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Friendship 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
another great book for children to read and understand the way things work in the past. the way white and black children and to learn to deceifer the way things were versus their own feelings. very challenging but also another great benefit to the logan saga. i'd recommend this book to any child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was one of the deepest and most original books I have read in a long time. The characters are described in such great detail that you feel as if you can relate to each and everyone of them in some way. Though some people may find this book inappropriate due to the language used or situations, the author is simply trying to make this as accurate as possible as to what life was like in the 1930's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While reading this book with my 9 year old daughter, I came across the word nigger. I was shocked that her school would let a 4th grader read this book. I do feel American History should be taught at some point in our lives, but I didn't think it was appropriate at this age level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
well, when I read this book in my school I was suprised by the way the book ended, I mean who would have known that John Wallace shot Mr. Tom Bee and I can't believe that Mr. Tom Bee survived after being that old and get shot and still live I thought this book blew me away. So all I want to say is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can see this book implemented within a classroom curriculum; History and English would be the easiest to integrate, while others would need some extra thought. The characters are real to the time period that the reader can visualize them as the dust brushes by. Even today there are friendships that are but to the test because of peer pressure and racism, which some if not all of today¿s children can relate. The book does lead itself to be thought of as ¿open ended,¿ so I would have my students become active in their reading as they would write a continuance of the happens after the book has ended. Then a good way to end this unit would be to piece all of the students¿ works into one script and perform the whole project (book + added material). This book does open the eyes of other children that might not see how some comments affect other people. Good or bad. If there are any comments or other ideas to implement this into a classroom please email me. Please place 'B&NFriendship' in subject!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story was fun to read. I read it in school.