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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry [Hardcover]

By Mildred D. Taylor (Author) & Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
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This winner of the 1977 Newbery Medal tells of one family's struggle to overcome the prejudices and hate they face in the deep south of Mississippi during the Great Depression.

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Winner of the 1977 Newbery Medal, this is a remarkably moving novel--one that has impressed the hearts and minds of millions of readers. Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, it is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And, too, it is Cassie's story--Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.

" A] vivid story.... Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence." --Booklist (starred review)

Citations And Professional Reviews
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor & Jerry Pinkney has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2001 page 316
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2001 page 316
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 715
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 771
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 1021
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1149
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 1071

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Dial
Pages   276
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2001
Publisher   Dial
Age  10-12
ISBN  0803726473  
ISBN13  9780803726475  

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More About Mildred D. Taylor & Jerry Pinkney

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including The Road to Memphis, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, The 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.

Mildred D. Taylor currently resides in Boulder, in the state of Colorado.

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  Jun 9, 2008
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry shows how in the South, African Americans were treated. One complaint about the whites and the African Americans where in danger of being sent to jail, losing land, and death. This story is told from a African American girl, Cassie Logan, and gives readers a taste of the Southern life she faced.
Great Book  May 29, 2008
I had to read this book for my freshman English class and I loved it. If your realy into history this is the book for you. It's exciting from the start and really gives you an insight to what it was like for colored people years ago. Great book I recomend this book to everyone!
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  May 10, 2008
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
By Mildred D. Taylor
Published by Scholastic, Inc., 1976
210 pages
Historical fiction
Reading levels: 6.9 grade level equivalent, 920 Lexile level

Mildred Taylor's novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a captivating story told from the perspective of a fourth grader, Cassie, struggling to understand the segregation that plagues her cotton-growing region of Mississippi during the early 1930s.

The story begins as Cassie and her siblings trudge down the dusty dirt road on their way to the first day of school. The first injustice readers experience is seen through the eyes of Cassie's younger brother, Little Man. The first grader refuses to take a textbook when he discovers that the books have already been used by white students. Only after 11 years of use were the books old and ragged enough to be given to "nigra" students, as written inside the covers.

In the next chapter, Cassie and her three brothers deal with the injustice of the school bus. The bus passes them on their walk to school every morning, but it is only for white students. Yet after carrying out a trick to get back at the bus driver, the siblings are afraid they will be found out and will receive the same fate as a family of black neighbors who were burned after making retaliatory comments to a white storekeeper. Throughout the story, fear of who these "night men" will attack next keeps Cassie's family on edge, particularly because the family owns land desired by one of the involved white men.

Cassie next experiences the injustices of segregation when she gets to take her first trip to town with her grandmother. There, Cassie and her brothers must wait in the store as white people, even a young girl, are helped before them. Upon leaving the store, Cassie gets herself into trouble when she refuses to step off the sidewalk to let another girl her age walk by. Cassie is also reluctant to apologize and address the white girl as "Miss."

Throughout the story, Cassie's older brother Stacey repeatedly gets into trouble because of the lying and tricks of his friend T.J. By the end of the story, T.J. is known as a thief and has made friends with two local white boys. Those two boys wind up getting T.J. into enough trouble that the night men once again set out to wreak havoc on T.J.'s family and other local black families. Only a clever turn of events is able to prevent dire outcomes in the enthralling final two chapters of the novel.

While a great read overall, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a bit confusing for two reasons. First, the characters are at times hard to sort out. It can be difficult to keep Cassie, her siblings, and their young friends straight. It also can be difficult to keep the local families involved in the story straight. The novel is difficult to understand also when Cassie's grandmother explains how the family came to own the farmland around which much of the story's conflict revolves. However, with careful attention, the characters and history can be sorted out, and the story's interesting events will keep you reading.

If you are looking for a page-turner, this book will not disappoint you. Mildred Taylor's vivid descriptions give her characters distinct personalities that bring the novel to life. The novel is a chain of short stories that are entertaining enough to stand alone, but together carry readers to the novel's thrilling climax and conclusion.

Taylor's novel effectively conveys the experiences of children who are just beginning to learn how segregation affects their lives. Readers come to deeper understanding of the hatefulness and unfairness of many white people's treatment of their black neighbors during the early 1930s. Taylor also includes enough explanation of the history of slavery and segregation for readers to fully understand the events. Even if segregation is not a topic of great interest to you, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry will hook you till the last page. A Newberry medal winner, this is a famous book that everyone should read. I assure you that it is well worth your purchase.
Beautifully written  May 9, 2008
My 13 year old daughter was reading this book for school. So I thought I would join her. What better way to connect with your child than share the love of books. So I read the first page. I wasn't too sure about it, but 6 hours later, I am done with it. I couldn't put it down.

Cassie is a young African-American girl who is naive to her era and the position of her race during that time. All the characters you feel so drawn into. Her dad works on a railroad, but brings another man in to stay with his family while he is away. There have been "night men" coming and doing horrible things to different families and he wants someone to protect his family. The children learn that life isn't fair at all. I couldn't get over Little Man's spirit. Jeremy was a true friend and it is sad that they couldn't be friends with him. T.J. was going a different road altogether.

This book will stay with you and I am so glad I picked it up. You wonder if they hadn't decided to boycott the store, what would have happened. I hope my daughter enjoys this book as much as I did. I am so glad that they still read these kinds of books in school.
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry  Apr 5, 2008
This is one of the "must reads" for all ages. It reminds of how far we have come and where we must never go again. It also is an opportunity to look into the past and see what it takes to create a strong family. That it takes work, sacrifice, loyalty and moral strength. I was moved on many levels by this book and highly recommend it to adults and young people.

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