Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

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Winner of the Newbery Medal, this remarkably moving novel has impressed the hearts and minds of millions of readers.

Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also 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

About Mildred Taylor

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Mildred D. Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi on September 13, 1943 and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She received a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Toledo in 1965 and then spent two years in the Peace Corp teaching English and History in Ethiopia. She received a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado. During this time, she joined the Black Student Alliance and assisted in creating the black studies program at the university. After graduation and before becoming a full-time author, she worked for the Black Education Program as a study skills director. Using her personal experiences and family stories she heard while growing up, Taylor has created several historical fiction books that offer realistic portraits of African-American families in the mid-1900s. Her novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry won the Newbery Award in 1977 and was made into a television movie in 1978. The Well: David's Story received the 1997 Jason Award. She has also received the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Jane Addams Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Christopher Award multiple times. She currently lives in Colorado.
Published January 1, 1976 by Puffin Books. 286 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Possibly the most heart-rending story I have ever read, Roll of Thunder brought tears of both laughter and sorrow to my eyes.

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The Bookbag

In the way it tells of violence and despair with straightforward honesty, but without angry rancour, within the protective wrapping of the values of truth, justice and self-respect, and with lovely, sensuous writing that captures perfectly the sensibilities and passions of a child, Roll of Thunde...

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The Bookbag

There is an important difference between Cassie's family and the others who attend the school - Cassie's family own their own piece of land, and they have just a tiny, tiny measure of independence when measured against the other families who are sharecroppers on white plantations, utterly reliant...

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The story of Bell’s childhood after a bout with meningitis at four leaves her “severely to profoundly deaf,” El Deafo starts with a lovely, simple conceit—in a story deeply concerned with ears, all the characters are drawn as rabbits—and goes on to portray an elementary school student’s life in r...

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Common Sense Media

Do not allow your kids to read this book because the N word was used 19 times throughout the book and not once the N word was censored and the H word was used uncensored also!

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