Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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by Mildred D. Taylor
     
 

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A Southern black family is determined to maintain their pride and independence against hard times and racial inequities.

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A Southern black family is determined to maintain their pride and independence against hard times and racial inequities.

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Ever since it won the 1977 Newbery Medal, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry has engaged and affected millions of readers everywhere. This special 25th anniversary edition celebrates the timelessness of this beloved classic -- and introduces it to a new audience. Set in a small town in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this powerful, moving novel deals with issues of prejudice, courage, and self-respect. It is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. It is also the story of Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to her family. The racial tension and harrowing events experienced by young Cassie, her family, and her neighbors cause Cassie to grow up and discover the reality of her environment.
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Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence.
From the Publisher
"The vivid story of a black family whose warm ties to each other and their land give them strength to defy rural Southern racism during the Depression. . . . Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence despite the certainty of outer defeat." —Booklist (starred review)

"The strong, clear-headed Logan family . . . are drawn with quiet affection and their actions tempered with a keen sense of human fallibility."—pointer, Kirkus Reviews

"The events and setting of the powerful novel are presented with such verisimilitude and the characters are so carefully drawn that one might assume the book to be autobiographical, if the author were not so young."—The Horn Book

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812421736
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Series:
Logan Family Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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From the Publisher
"The vivid story of a black family whose warm ties to each other and their land give them strength to defy rural Southern racism during the Depression. . . . Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence despite the certainty of outer defeat." —Booklist (starred review)

"The strong, clear-headed Logan family . . . are drawn with quiet affection and their actions tempered with a keen sense of human fallibility."—pointer, Kirkus Reviews

"The events and setting of the powerful novel are presented with such verisimilitude and the characters are so carefully drawn that one might assume the book to be autobiographical, if the author were not so young."—The Horn Book

Meet the Author

Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including The Road to MemphisLet the Circle Be UnbrokenThe LandThe Well, 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. Ms. Taylor now devotes her time to her family, writing, and what she terms "the family ranch" in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Kadir Nelson (www.kadirnelson.com) is a two-time Caldecott Honor Award recipient. He has received an NAACP Image Award, a CASEY Award, the 2009 and 2014 Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the 2009 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award. Among Mr. Nelson's other awards are gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. His work has appeared in The New York TimesSports Illustrated, and The New Yorker. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 419 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry is about a black family living in Mississippi during the early 1930's. This family, like many other families, is suffering from the unfair treatment from the whites. Their land is the only thing that gives them power. This is a good book for anyone that's wanting to learn more about the segragation issue, or even the unfair treatment of the blacks. This is also a true story, so it has lots of facts about the time period. I really liked this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time. The book is based on true events that happened to the author, Mildred d. Taylor. The character's names were changed. The author was born in Mississippi (the same location the story takes place in), and her father worked on the railroad (the same one in the story). I judged the book by three things, suspence, the events in the story, and the ending. The story had suspence, and the events and ending were great. The main point of the book was to give the readers an idea of what it was like to live in the deep south during the 1930's. The book really does give you an idea of what it was like.Cassie, the stories main character, is always trying to stand up for herself against the whites, and is brave. Stacey is Cassie's older brother, and is almost like Cassie. He's brave and trys to stand up for himself. Christopher- John is one of Cassie's younger brothers, and is trys to avoid trouble when ever possible, but still gets dragged into what Stacey wants to do. Little Man is the youngest, and he trys to be brave, but is still too young to stand up for himself. The book definitely achieves its goals and purposes. Its gives the readers an idea of what it was like living in the 1930's, and it gives us a good, suspenceful story. This book is like no other non-fiction story I've read, because its built like a fictional story, but acually has true events.I really liked this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time. It had many sad moments, and some funny ones too. I recammend this book to anyone and I give it 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK BUT IT REALLY SAD AT THE END AND I STARTED CRYING! PLEASE IF YOU HAVENT READ THIS BOOK READ THE SAMPLE AND BUY IT! TRUST ME YOU WONT REGRET IT!!!!!!!!!
TracyMomNY More than 1 year ago
Absolutely LOVED this book!! A MUST READ for all ages. Its especially great for middleschoolers and brings a terrific understanding to the trials and tribulations growing up in the 1930s in the Deep South. Loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set in Mississippi, a notorious state for the mistreatment of African Americans even to this day, author Mildred D. Taylor brings us the story of the Logan's, a hardworking family struggling to make an honest living. Through the harshness of cruel racism and injustices, the family's strength and love prevails. This gripping book had me from the beginning and I quickly grew attached to the Logan's, especially our narrator, Cassie. The ending was especially powerful; I felt like crying along with Cassie. This book is good for slightly older children. I feel it important that children understand controversial topics such as racism since it is still very prevalent today. This book is very clear where right and wrong is concerned, displaying numerous acts of injustices; therefore, books such as this one could possibly soften students and perhaps even prevent racism in some.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cassie and her family face a very hard.When people start doing bad things to Cassie and her family. They must figure out how to deal with all of this madness. They keep getting threats from the towns people. For example, Cassie and her brothers get mad fun of at school. Cassie's parents have a hard time shopping for food, clothes and other things that regular family's need. Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry is about how colored people were treated before Martin Luther King. Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry was O.K. It got boring at some parts but over all it was a pretty good book. I give this book 3 stars because the author gave some details. There are z few surprising twists and turns. If you wanna find out read Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry.
Rose_P More than 1 year ago
This 1930's tale of a sharecropping family breaks the common mold for the life of an African American family trying to survive the depression and racist hate crimes. The Logan family, unlike most families of the time, own their own land and do whatever work it takes to pay for things out right instead of taking out loans. At the same time they are trying to raise four young children in a time where life doesn't make sense and the torture from their white counterparts is relentless. The book is a great way to show kids about the hardships that some races have faced in this country and the perseverance it took to overcome their struggles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I prefer you read this. I loved this book so much i could not keep my nose out of it. Although some bad moments, this is one of the best books I have read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting. Like most books it has some boring points, but once you start reading, you can't stop! Once one exiting point ends, the book isn't over. In one, or two chapters there will be another exiting point. It is very exiting, and is one of the best books I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to buy the sequel on my NOOK HD+ I really loved Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry though - a truly riveting and action packed story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic story by Mildred d Taylor. Cassie fights through this hatd time wich inspires me. I love how Cassie daydreams about smashing Lillian Jean's books into the ground. It is sad that papa almost died bevause of the horrible accident. Spoiler : T.J. dies at the end it is really sad espesally for Cassie.
ashleyutsa More than 1 year ago
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is set in the Depresion-era in Mississippithe could quite possibly be the best civil rights book I have ever read. The Logan's work hard to keep their land since they are one of the few African American (and white) families who own land. Cassie, one of the main characters, is such a little spit fire with a big heart but all of the characters make the book amazing and contribute in different ways that make the book a strong read. I did feel sad and get really angry with the racial and social injustices the Logan family, as well as the other black families, had to endure. I like this book because it gives the reader a great perceptive of an African American family during those hard and trying times of Civil War era. Although some may find it degrading and awful, I found it educating and really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 25 years old and i first read this book when I was in the 5th grade. And I have since read it to my 5 year old daughter. I recommend this book to all races to read.
svcsty More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book, I couldn¿t put it down until the very end. It was gripping because it was true. I read it several times over the winter holiday because it was so interesting. This is a must read for any WWII, pre-teen, or teen reader. Enjoy!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Emotional and hooking story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry The Logans are proud of their land in Spokane County, Mississippi. They've worked hard for it, and it holds them together. But because they are black, they are treated horribly by white people. And so, the whites are always trying to make them feel low, worthless, and beneath them. Through everything Mr. Granger throws at them; threats that they'll lose the land, pain, and anger. The Logans will hold firm. Even though they are in constant danger of the Night Riders, the burnings, and because they defy white beliefs; the Logans hold to each other. They will keep strong, no matter what happens. I give this book 4 stars because of the strong characters, intense plot, and amazing writing style. Mildred D. Taylor wrote a story of family that the Logans hold. Pride for the land that the logans cling to so dearly. Love that the Logans all share. And the hope that holds all of the black people in Spokane County together with respect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YO DIS IS DA BEST
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
This perennial young adult favorite tells the story of the Logans, a black family living in rural Mississippi in 1933. Cassie, the lone daughter in the Logan clan, narrates her family’s tale of privation and discrimination through her 9 year-old eyes. The episodic narrative captures the clear injustice of racially segregated schools and post-WWI economic inequality among Southern black sharecroppers. Although the tropes that Taylor uses are by now familiar to many readers—the strong matriarch, the family’s profound connection to the land, the irredeemably racist white folks (as well as the supportive and empathetic white folks)—her depiction of them through Cassie’s young but sensitive perspective lends them an authenticity and an impact that’s difficult to deny. The plot might also be rather predictable, but the novel itself succeeds as an accessible way for young readers to understand the social injustices of early twentieth century life for southern blacks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much!!!!!!!!!! It teaches you about hiw much the African Americans suffered even after the civil war. Cassie and my names both start with Ca! This is a great book and i think everyone - espesially whites - should read this book. I sort of wish that i could be in that time so i could stand up for the African Americans. Thankyou fir writing this book!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sucks balls i had to read it for seventh grade english class d it was a really tortorous strained read typical sorry kids you r in middle school havw fun reading mediocre books for your age group hahaha. No action cassie is naieve and really dumb and all the white people in this book are bithes. Soooooooooooo booring uggghhhhhhhhh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chapter 1 I solemnly sat in the prison cells of Strawberry. I could be sentenced to the chain gang or worse...what could I do? I couldn't get out of this now! I was sorry for giving Stacey cheat notes on the test in Jefferson Davis School, I was sorry for cheating on the test himself, I was sorry for telling on Stacey's mama to the Wallaces, I was sorry for being friends with R.W and Melvin! I should've known because they were white! I should've known because they had got me in trouble for robbing a store in Strawberry and I couldn't do anything about it. I should've known better. I flinched as I touched my stomach. R.W and Melvin had beaten me up pretty bad after I told them if they didn't let me go after the robbery, I'd tell everyone about what happened. I was going to be sentenced to the chain gang! "Please, God! Help me!" I cried,"I didn't mean to, I didn't mean to..." I started sobbing and hitting the cells madly. "Ey! Who doing that racket?" A voice sounded throughout the prison cell halls. I soon saw it was a man who was black was sitting at the end of prison cells. "Who are you?" I asked. "Sam. That's my name. Sam Higgary," the man replied. I was disappointed. It could've been Sam Tatum! But after I looked at him twice, I couldn't see a trace of tar or feathers."No worries! We'll escape. I know a way," the man leaned toward the cell in my direction. "What?" I was so excited, I could barely breathe. "Yourself. You find out," the man started laughing. This isn't a joke, Sam! You are just trying to be a coward! You can go ahead and try to bother me!" "So, I heard you robbed Mr. Barnett's mercantile store! Good job, boy! Good job!" "I DIDN'T DO IT...I, uh..." Then I remembered. If I told about R.W and Melvin, they would get me for sure. "Who? Huh? Yo trying to lie, son? I robbed some flour from Vicksburg and money from the Strawberry bank! But then...my partner, Mr. Davidson, quit on me and told on the police. "Why
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We are reading this for english! So far it is really good. I do not know why some people did not rate it well. But it is amust read.
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Good book,damn is it a good book.I cried the first time i read it its an emotinal book but nice.There are a lot of words to describe this book.(amazing,sad,wonderful,etc.) I loved it & still do.