Let the Circle Be Unbroken

Let the Circle Be Unbroken

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by Mildred D. Taylor

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The year is 1935. The young Logan family watches as their friend is charged with murder and tried by an all-white jury. "A profoundly affecting novel."--Publishers Weekly. Coretta Scott King Award.  See more details below


The year is 1935. The young Logan family watches as their friend is charged with murder and tried by an all-white jury. "A profoundly affecting novel."--Publishers Weekly. Coretta Scott King Award.

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"Miss Taylor conveys the textures of life among black as well as white and writes not with rancor or bitterness over indignities but with pride, strength, and respect for humanity."—The New York Times

"A profoundly affecting novel."—Publishers Weekly

"The fear, cruelty, and the bewildering injustice of a hopelessly racist society are transcended by a family's strength, self-respect, and determination. The characters, both young and old, in all their variety and individuality come alive with penetrating humanness, while the effect of the storytelling is intensified by a lean, understated style and made more poignant by touches of lyrical sensitivity."—The Horn Book

"This is fine writing, and readers will be moved by the intense drama of individual scenes and by their historical significance."—School Library Journal

"A vivid, complex, carefully crafted, moving novel."—Children's Book Review Service

"The Logans's story will strengthen and satisfy all who read it."—The Christian Science Monitor

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Logan Family Series
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4.38(w) x 7.15(h) x 0.70(d)
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Let the Circle Be Unbroken 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a story about an African American family that owns their own land after slavery ends. They live in Spokane County, Mississippi where there are a lot of whites who dislike the idea of free blacks. Cassie Logan tells the story about her life and what obstacles her three brothers and herself face. Mr. Granger, the Logan¿s mean white neighbor, is trying to get his hands on the Logan¿s land. Mr. Granger doesn¿t care if he harms anybody to get the land. There are three white boys causing trouble to any African American they come across. Not to make any matters worse but Cassie¿s cousin Suezella comes for a visit. Suezella is half white and half black which the people of Mississippi will not stand for. Suezella walks around acting like she is white which the three white boys causing all the trouble do not like. To make the matters even worse, something drastic happens to one of the Logan boys, and old Mrs. Lee Annie tries to do something that makes the whole white community furious. The Logan family is trying to make sure their circle stays unbroken. Some of the characters were hard to understand because they stuttered when they spoke or not much information was given about these characters. Some parts of the story were confusing because she skipped from a month from September to December and left out three months. The book started out exciting so I never thought this book was boring. The facts Mildred D. Taylor put into her book were very accurate. I could understand it better because I had some prior knowledge of the book. Let the Circle Be Unbroken is in a series of many books. If you plan on reading this book I would recommended reading Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry first. If you don¿t read Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry this book will be confusing for you to read. This book has some violence in it young kids should not read, so I would recommend this book to children and adults ages twelve and up.
Patito_de_Hule More than 1 year ago
Cassie and her brothers are sent reeling by a shockingly racist trial - the culmination of events from the first book in the series, Roar of Thunder Hear My Cry. In addition, Cassie's growing up, so she learns a lot about inter-race relations and the often humiliating effects. This is a heart-rending (though sometimes slow-moving) children's historical fiction. The story deals with complex issues and is character-driven, so even though the reading level is approximately 5th-7th grade,  this is not a book for reluctant readers unless they have a particular interest in race relations. It's a book for children who love to read - and to absorb ideas. It's definitely a good addition to the Roll of Thunder Series, and I find myself curious to follow the family's saga to the end. 
ilovetoreadTH More than 1 year ago
I read all three books when i was in middle school, Roll of thunder hear my cry, let the circle be unbroken, road to memphis and I will say i enjoy them all i am looking to purchase the books just to have then and give my children knowledge on how much the world has changed, if u havent read this book i would advice u to read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I really like this series so far, but I havent finished. Im excited to read the last book!
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
It is 1934, during the Great Depression, and eleven year old Cassie Logan, who was first introduced in the 1977 Newbery Medal winner Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry, lives on a farm in rural Mississippi with her father David, mother Mary, older brother Stacey, younger brothers Christopher John and Little Man, and grandmother Big Ma. Her Uncle Hammer Logan frequently visits from Chicago. The Logans’ friend, T. J., must go on trial for murder and face an all-white jury. Then Mama’s cousin Bud, who married a white woman, brings his daughter Suzella from New York City to stay with the Logans for a while, and when she tries to pass for white there are humiliating consequences. And their neighbor, Mrs. Lee Annie decides that she wants to register to vote but faces a lot of opposition, including that from her landlord. Finally, Stacey runs away to work in the cane fields of Louisiana. Can the Logans find out where he is? And will he return home? Several people thought that Let the Circle Be Unbroken was better than Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. I read the latter and basically liked it. I didn’t care for the sequel quite as much. I didn’t think that the plot was as tight and focused. In addition to some common euphemisms (e.g., doggone, blasted), the “h” and “d” words are each used a couple of times, and the conversations seem filled with “Lord” this, “Lordy” that, and “Lord a mercy” as exclamations. The phrase “for God’s sake” also occurs. I did appreciate the fact that despite the frightening and turbulent times, the Logan family stands together and stands proud with courage, love, and understanding that enables them to face prejudice and mistreatment. The suffering of African-Americans in pre-civil rights times is a story worth telling, and Mildred Taylor tells it well. My biggest question concerns age-appropriateness. The book is recommended for ages 9-10 and up. First, I would think that the rather long chapters and some of the subject material might make it difficult to hold the attention of many nine and ten year olds. Second, there are some discussions that a lot of parents might not feel are appropriate for that age group. For example, in talking about how white men have used black women, an incident is cited where a black man was messing with a white girl giving a description of the consequences—they “cut off his privates.” At age eleven, Cassie is worried about her flat chest. A teenage girl, Jacey Peters who has been the object of Stacey’s interest, is found to be with child out of wedlock by a white boy. And there is a somewhat lengthy confrontation which includes charges of a black man bedding down a white woman. For these reasons, I would not recommend the book for anyone under at least thirteen, perhaps even sixteen. By weaving history into the storyline, Taylor generally gives the reader a good feeling for the hardships of the Depression Era. Let the Circle Be Unbroken is the fourth book, chronologically, in a five-book series that is based on stories of her family that she heard while growing up. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was written first. There are two “prequels,” The Land and Song of the Trees, and one additional sequel, The Road to Memphis.
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I give this book four stars! There are a lot of reasons why I give this interesting book four stars. This book is in a series. In order to understand this book, "Let the Circle Be Unbroken," you have to read the series of books that are before this book. "Let the Circle Be Unboken" is about a family and how they had to live back in the 1900's. In the family there are four children, Mom, Dad, and a grandma, and they all live in one house. One of the children is a girl and she is the second to oldest in the family, her name is Cassie. Cassie is the one telling the story. She also has one older brother named Stacey. Stacey always gets on Cassie's nervous. Christopher-John is the second to youngest. Cassie's other brother is called Little Man. She really doesn't like being the only girl in the family; not counting her mom and grandma. Since she doesn't like to be the only girl in the family she spends time with her grandma a lot. The family was having a hard time because they didn't hyave a lot of money. Stacey and his friend Moe came up with a plan to run away and go and chop down cane. They heard that you could make a lot of money chopping down cane. His family didn't know where he was going until he left and he wrote a note. All that the note said that they were going to make money. Cassie started to miss her brother. Finally, after a long time, Stacey came back. His plan really didn't work out all that well. He ended up hurting his foot and the boss man really didn't care, so that's why Stacey came back home. This family had really hard times but they never gave up and that's one of the reasons it is such an interesting book. Even though this book is kind of older, it is a really interesting book. "Let the Circle Be Unbroken," was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. You should really check this book out!
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i just love Mildred Taylor's books!! I got hooked because we started reading Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry at school and I just continued to read her books. I think this is a good book because it shines a light on the things that really happened back then and even now but just not as blunt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book was kind of boring. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was good, but this book didnt have a lot of moments that made u want 2 keep reading. But it was good for some of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our class read Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry, and we were looking for a sequel. We found it and we are happy! This book is OUTSTANDING!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read Roll of Thunder for school and I thought it was possibly the best school book I've ever read. when we had to pick summer reading books I saw this title and all my friends and I chose to read it. to get the full concept of this book you need to read the one before it. I think most people who like historical fiction with a tiny bit of humor and sadness both would enjoy this. btw its a book review that means I get to say what I think Thank YOu
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well this storie is bassicly the next chapter for the same kids from: The Mississippi Bridge, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. This Storie Is Happening During the Great Depression in Mississippi. im not going to tell the whole storie but i recomend you to read it. **you should read the books that came before, so that you would be able to understand better**
Guest More than 1 year ago
hi ok i didnt really like the book because i thought it was going to be diffrent. I have the roll of thunder and it was ok... but this one i really did not like. Originaly i had the bluest eyes but after reading to a certian part i changed my mind and asked for another book. although that book was much more exiting. Its kinda sad and boring so that is why i dont like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was so excellent. Af first I thought it was boring but it started to heat up when Suzella came. It is hard to explain it but just read it yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the book. I love Roll of Thunder and then when i saw Let the Circle be Unbroken. I frecked out. I love the book so much i would read it again. It shows u how hard times could be then.