Mississippi Bridge

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Jeremy Simms watches from the porch of the general store as the weekly bus from Jackson comes through his town. His neighbor Stacey Logan and Stacey's brothers and sister are there to see their grandmother off on a trip. Jeremy's friend Josias Williams is taking the bus to his new job. But Josias and the Logans are black, and in Mississippi in the 1930s, black people can't ride the bus if that means there won't be enough room for white people to ride. When several white passengers arrive at the last minute, the ...

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Jeremy Simms watches from the porch of the general store as the weekly bus from Jackson comes through his town. His neighbor Stacey Logan and Stacey's brothers and sister are there to see their grandmother off on a trip. Jeremy's friend Josias Williams is taking the bus to his new job. But Josias and the Logans are black, and in Mississippi in the 1930s, black people can't ride the bus if that means there won't be enough room for white people to ride. When several white passengers arrive at the last minute, the driver sends Josias and Stacey's grandmother off the bus. Then comes a terrifying moment that unites all the townspeople in a nightmare that will change their lives forever.

During a heavy rainstorm in 1930s rural Mississippi, a ten-year-old white boy sees a bus driver order all the black passengers off a crowded bus to make room for late-arriving white passengers and then set off across the raging Rosa Lee River.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Newbery Medalist reprises the Logan family in telling a powerful story about the segregated South of the 1930s. Ages 7-11. July
School Library Journal
Gr 5-10-- Drawing once again upon her father's stories, Taylor has created a harsh, disturbing tale of racism in Mississippi during the 1930s. Told from the viewpoint of Jeremy Simms, a ten-year-old white boy who aspires to be friends with the black children of the Logan family, this is the story of a rainy day, an overloaded bus, and the destiny of its passengers after the driver has ordered the black travelers off to make room for latecoming whites. Telescoping the injustices faced by blacks on a daily basis into one afternoon drives home the omnipresent effects of racism with a relentless force. This is an angry book, replete with examples of the insults and injuries to which the African-American characters are subjected. Jeremy, the only white character to acknowledge this unfairness, is brought to task by his father for ``snivelin' '' after the Logans. The book's climax is a catastrophic accident in which the bus crashes off a bridge, killing the passengers. When Jeremy asks a black rescuer how such a thing could happen, he is told, ``the Lord works in mysterious ways.'' This is a disturbing explanation, not for its implication that the white passengers are being punished for the sins of their race so much as for the logical extension that the black characters were saved because they were kept off the bus in the first place. Well written and thought provoking, this book will haunt readers and generate much discussion. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606005289
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1992
  • Series: Logan Family Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 62
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

"I do not know how old I was when the daydreams became more than that, and I decided to write them down, but by the time I entered high school, I was confident that I would one day be a writer." — Mildred D. Taylor

Newbery Award-winning author, Mildred D. Taylor, was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Toledo, she spent two years in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps teaching English and history. Returning to the United States, Ms. Taylor entered the University of Colorado's School of Journalism, from which she received her Master of Arts degree. As a member of the Black Student Alliance, she worked with students and University officials in structuring a Black Studies program at the University. She currently lives in Colorado.

"From as far back as I can remember, my father taught me a different history from the one I learned in school. By the fireside in our Ohio home and in Mississippi, where I was born and where my father's family had lived since the days of slavery, I had heard about our past. It was not an organized history beginning in a certain year, but one told through stories—stories about great-grandparents and aunts and uncles and others that stretched back through the years of slavery and beyond. It was a history of ordinary people, some brave, some not so brave, but basically people who had done nothing more spectacular than survive in a society designed for their destruction."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    Blacks Not Equal

    Jeremy Simms is a boy who treats black people right. He doesn't treat them badly like others do. In those days black people are not treated right. Miz Hattie was white and she got to try on a hat when the black girl didn't. Josias and the other black people got thrown off the bus because there wasn't any room for the white people . The bus was going to cross the bridge but it was covered in fog and you could barely see. We thought the bookwas sad but good . It was good becuse it talks about history and how they treated black people .The language was hard to read .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    every one will love this book!!!!

    If you like books that have happened in earlier in life you will probably like this Book. You should probably read this whole book at one time, so you don¿t forget any parts. Mississippi Bridge (the book) is about four black kids and one white kid who is trying to be friends with the black kids. There is one bus ride that changes every ones life in the story. If you like the type of story that could be real but it¿s not real you will really like this story. If I could give this story more then 5 stars I would give it 500 stars because it is such a surprising and wonderful book. And I guarantee you will like this book. Now if you want to find out what happens in the story you should probably read the book. If you read this book I hope you like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    outstanding book

    Mississippi Bridge is as sad as it is great. One of the best books I ever read. If I could give this book 1,000 stars I would. This book is historical and suspenseful at the same time. If I could write a second Mississippi Bridge I would. If you like black history this is the book for you. Here¿s the outline of the story. The Login family¿s grandma goes off on a trip. So they start to go back to family friends house when something terrible will happen. Read it to find out what happens.

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