The Road to Memphis [NOOK Book]

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"Cassie recounts harrowing events during late 1941. An engrossing picture of fine young people endeavoring to find the right way in a world that persistently wrongs them." --Kirkus Reviews

In 1941 a black youth, sadistically teased by two white boys in rural Mississippi, severely injures one of them with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.

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The Road to Memphis

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Overview

"Cassie recounts harrowing events during late 1941. An engrossing picture of fine young people endeavoring to find the right way in a world that persistently wrongs them." --Kirkus Reviews

In 1941 a black youth, sadistically teased by two white boys in rural Mississippi, severely injures one of them with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the tradition of Maya Angelou and Alice Walker, Taylor uses powerful, vibrant prose to express the sentiments of a young black Southerner, as the Newbery Medalist continues the story of Cassie Logan. The year is 1941, and 17-year-old Cassie prepares for college by attending high school in Jackson, Miss., where her brother Stacey and friends Little Willie and Moe work in factories. No longer under the protective wing of her parents and Big Ma, Cassie confronts the hostility of the white community and faces new harsh realities including the betrayal of a childhood friend, the outbreak of World War II and an act of violence that forces Moe into hiding. Although Cassie experiences fear and humiliation, her determination to fight for justice remains undaunted. Offering the same captivating characters, honest dialogue and resonant imagery found in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and Let the Circle Be Unbroken , this enlightening, moving novel will leave readers yearning for the next installment of the Logan saga. Ages 12-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Susan Wilde
This is the latest book in Taylor's "Logan" series concerning a Black family living in the rural south and despised by poor whites because they own land. Set in 1941, the book is told through the point of view of Cassie who is finishing high school and dreaming of college and law school amidst a background of impending war and continuing racial violence. In a tense drama, Cassie is torn from her dreams and thrust into a harsh reality and her adulthood. The book, along with the others in the series, supports a developing sense of social conscience and speaks to adolescent concerns with unfairness and injustice.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
During her last year of high school in Mississippi, Cassie Logan faces the harsh realities of southern life in 1941. America is calling her sons to defend against foreign adversaries, but there is an enemy within, a deeply rooted bigotry toward blacks, far more threatening than a distant war to Cassie's family and friends. Throughout this suspenseful saga, Cassie clutches her dreams and tentatively puts her trust into dubious hands. Ms. Taylor is a gifted storyteller.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-- Taylor continues the saga of the Logan family ( Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Dial, 1976). The setting is Mississippi in 1941, and although the impending war has created some new job opportunities for blacks, discrimination and blatant racism still abound. The focus is on Cassie, now 17, her brother Stacey, and their friends, who are confronted and often humiliated by the white people they encounter. In one pivotal scene, a young man who defends himself after merciless taunting realizes he must leave Mississippi rather than face an unfair ``justice'' system. During that escape to Memphis, the friends face even more racist situations. Indeed, instances of white oppression and prejudice permeate the book, making it more stark than the earlier titles that emphasized family strength and unity in addition to exposing racism. Side plots involving the pregnancy of one friend, as well as the illness and death of another, add another element to the story but do not flow smoothly into the narrative. Taylor conveys the harsh realities of the time, as well as strong-willed Cassie's realization that as an adult she will have to make her own decisions and fight her own battles. Cassie's dream of becoming a lawyer and the looming war raise related questions regarding the white-controlled legal system and the injustice of fighting a war that sustains the status-quo, questions that have no easy answers. This is a dramatic, painful book, but it's more of a string of events than a narrative with strong characterizations. --Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101657980
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/1992
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 217,148
  • Age range: 10 years
  • File size: 279 KB

Meet the Author

"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 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. Some of the stories my father had learned from his parents and grandparents as they had learned from theirs; others he told first-hand, having been involved in the incidents himself. There was often humor in his stories, sometimes pathos, and frequently tragedy; but always the people were graced with a simple dignity that elevated them from the ordinary to the heroic.



"Those colorful vignettes stirred the romantic in me. I was fascinated by the stories, not only because of what they said or because they were about my family, but because of the manner in which my father told them. I began to imagine myself as storyteller, making people laugh at their own human foibles or nod their heads with pride about some stunning feat of heroism. But I was a shy and quiet child, so I turned to creating stories for myself instead, carving elaborate daydreams in my mind.



"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. I still wonder at myself for feeling so confident since I had never particularly liked to write, nor was I exceptionally good at it. But once I had made up my mind to write, I had no doubts about doing it. It was just something that would one day be. I had always been taught that I could achieve anything I set my mind to. Still a number of years were to lapse before this setting of my mind actually resulted in the publication of any of my stories.



"In those intervening years spent studying, traveling, and living in Africa, and working with the Black student movement, I would find myself turning again and again to the stories I had heard in my childhood. One story in particular kept nagging at me, a story my father had once told me about the cutting of some beloved trees on our family land. I attempted to write it from the grandmother's point of view without success. Gradually as I struggled, new twists to the story began to emerge. At last I decided to tell it through the eyes of Cassie Logan, a spirited eight year old.



"In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Dial 1976), I included the teachings of my own childhood, the values and principles by which I and so many other Black children were reared, for I wanted to show a different kind of Black world from the one so often seen. I wanted to show a family united in love and self-respect, and parents, strong and sensitive, attempting to guide their children successfully, without harming their spirits, through the hazardous maze of living in a discriminatory society.



"I also wanted to show the Black person as heroic. In my own school days, a class devoted to the history of Black people in the United States always caused me painful embarrassment. This would not have been so if that history had been presented truly, showing the accomplishments of the Black race both in Africa and in this hemisphere. But as it was, the indictment of slavery was also an indictment of the people who were enslaved a people who, according to the texts, were docile and childlike, accepting their fate without once attempting to free themselves. To me, this lackluster history of Black people totally devoid of any heroic or pride-building qualities, was as much a condemnation of myself as it was of my ancestors. I used to sit tensely waiting out those class hours trying to think of ways to repudiate what the textbooks said, for I recognized that there was a terrible contradiction between what was in them and what I learned at home.



"It is my hope that to the children who read my books, the Logans will provide those heroes missing from the schoolbooks of my childhood, Black men, women, and children of whom they can be proud."



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. As a member of the Black Student Alliance, at the University of Colorado, she worked with students and university officials in structuring a Black Studies program at the university. Upon receiving her master's degree, she worked in the Black Education Program as study skills coordinator. She currently lives in Colorado.



copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    all grown up

    I'm real surprised about the Logan kids growing up! The book was super, extra good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    The Road To Memphis...

    The road to memphis is a great book.I read it after reading Roll Of Thunder.I felt like I was missing things so If you want to read this book I suggest you read roll Of thunder hear my cry and let the circle be unbroken.This is a great series and I feel like I am there.I felt a little sad towards the end but the characters are very caring and emotional towards their feelings.There are many main characters such as Cassie,Stacey,Clarence,Moe,Little willie and many more.Cassie is very sweet and heartwarming.Stacey is very intellegent and works hard to get what he needs.I would definitley rate this 5 out of 5 because it is a very unique story along with the others and at points in this story you will feel excited and at others you will cry. Hope you enjoyed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008

    A reviewer

    This is the story of 17-year-old Cassie struggling to get her friend,Moe, to safety after he gets steamed and hits 3 white men. Can she help him to Memphis without trouble or will she accidintally fall in love on the way?The books Ms. Taylor writes are my all-time favorite books and I would recomend every single one of them. If you love reading and are looking for a book check out these at your local library. -The Road to Memphis -The Land -Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry -Let the Circle be Unbroken -The Friendship

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    Is There A Sequel To This?!

    Does Cassie Logan ever get married? I thought that this book was outstanding, and would love to read a sequel! Please do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2007

    Another Great Adventure of The Logan Children

    In my opinion, this book triumphs over the other of Mildred D. Taylor's books I've read (Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Let the Circle Be Unbroken). You can really tell how the stories start from a young girl in Mississippi, to a maturing woman in this title. This novel depicts the lives of the Logan children, focusing more on Stacey and Cassie, as they help their friend escape from prosecution. Their friend Moe attacks 3 white folks, as he is defending the one he loves Cassie. They try to make their way to Memphis, Tennessee to get Moe away from almost certain death (back then lynching was still legal in some states). They face turmoil and surprises on their way too Memphis, where Moe would escape from the south and his white oppressors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    Love

    I love when Moe confesses his love for Cassie. It made me cry. The whole is great. Mildred describes everything so well. Its like reading a history but funner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    Very good!

    You don't need to read Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry to get the story of this book. It is a story about the 2 older Logan kids (Cassie & Stacey)growing up and dealing with racism. They are on the road with a few other friends to help their friend Moe escape to Memphis. This is very different from the 1st book since they are pretty much on their own in this one. It is very worth reading because it is not boring at all. It is fast paced and makes you not put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2004

    One of my favorites

    I've read The Road to Memphis at least three times, and I love it! I think if it weren't for Mildred D. Taylor, I wouldn't know the truth of what things were really like, because it's a past that most prefer to leave buried.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    dreams of the closeness that I wish I had with my siblings

    I am 51 Years olds and I was surprised when I went in a book store and found out that the books by Mildred D. Taylor was in the Childrens section. I love reading her books. I can not remember much of my childhood or my relatives growing up. I love my mother but I can not remember a lot and she, bless her heart never really instilled in my sisters and brother how important it is to spend time with your sibblings and love them. I wish I could remember what my childhood was like. When I read Mildred D. Taylor it makes me feel like a little girl again and I kind of relive my childhood again, and I can feel the love that Cassy,Stacy,little man and Christifer feel for each other. It makes me wish I had that when I was growing up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2004

    ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!

    This book is great if you love books by Mildred D. Taylor. I'm only 11 and I truly understand the hardships of Blacks and how they were treated. In the book someone dies(I'm not telling who) 2 people leave and one of Cassie's brothers leave. :( I hope you enjoy the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    The Best Book Ever!!!!!!

    This book has depth unlike other books. Ms. Taylor's ablitiy to write about the harsh truth of what actually went on after the civil war is unbelievable. Paul Edward was a stunning character who coped with the hardship of losing both of his best friends, but he get 'the land' in the end even though he suffers much mockery. This book will keep you hooked until the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    A Profound Read

    The third book in the Logan family saga is exceptional. Once again Ms. Taylor strongly captures the racial discord of the 1940's and the struggle of African-Americans to maintain dignity and to be shown respect. The series should be required reading in every school in the country for grades 6-8. This book definitely leaves the reader with a strong desire to find out how things progress for the Logan's. Does Cassie go to college and become a lawyer? Does she marry the man of her dreams? What happens to her three brothers? Does Moe reach Chicago safely? A strength of Ms. Taylor's books is that nothing is wrapped up into a tidy package. Instead the stories are a clearer reflection of life - left open and sometimes uncertain but always expectant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    Absolutely Wonderful!

    The Road To Memphis is a book liable to touch the depts of your heart. This powerfully constructed book will definitely leave you awe-striken.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2003

    the best ever

    this book is the best ever it's a really good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2002

    oh my gosh!

    I could not put this book down! i'd be so mad if the author left us hanging and didnt write the next book. i love all the books about the cassie and her family and i agree there sould be a movie like they did with harry potter. i can't wait till the next book! (P.S. i think Cassie sould start thinking less bout Solomon and more bout Moe!) :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2003

    one of the best books ever!!:):)

    this book was excellence! this author knows how to write a book. i almost cried when clarence died and sissy found out and screamed. i like stacey and moe and everyone in this book except the mean people. it was really scary when the men from the gas station were chasing them. also it was really mean when the guy kicked cassie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2002

    Road to Memphis

    I loved it. It was wonderful. Out of all her books this was the best one. I was great how she put romance and tragedy in the same book and still made it great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2002

    Road to Memphis

    It was the best book I have ever read. I was outstanding. The way she put romance and tragedy in the same book and still made it great. But it needs a better ending. It just leaves you hanging. I hope she writes another book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2003

    This was my favorite book!

    I loved this book, except I think Cassie should have gone with Moe. I think Cassie should like Moe instead of the other guy. He is way too old for her! I could not put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    needs a better ending!

    This is a GREAT book. i loved it more then all other books including "Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry" and "Let the Circle Be Unbroken". the only thing about this book that i dont like at all...is that it leaves u hanging... after meeting the hansome businessman and hearing Moe's "love confession" there needs to be a sequel. i hope there is! i also think that this series should be turned into a movie. that would be too good to be true.

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