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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

The Mississippi of the 1930s was a hard place for a black child to grow up in, but still Cassie didn't see why farming his own land meant so much to her father. Then, when the night riders were carrying hatred among her people, she learned when it was worth fighting for a princip... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780140366259
Published 25 May 1995 by Penguin
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Taylor, Mildred Delois
Illustrated by Kearney, David
Afterword by Elkin, Judith
Series A puffin book
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ISBN-13 9780140366259
ISBN-10 0140366253
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Puffin Classics
Publication Date 25 May 1995
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Taylor, Mildred Delois
Illustrated by Kearney, David
Afterword by Elkin, Judith
Series A puffin book
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 288g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Children's stories, American
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

'We have no choice of what colour we're born or who our parents are or whether we're rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we're here.' The Mississippi of the 1930s was a hard place for a black child to grow up in, but still Cassie didn't understand why farming his own land meant so much to her father. During that year, though, when the night riders were carrying hatred and destruction among her people, she learned about the great differences that divided them, and when it was worth fighting for a principle even if it brought terrible hardships.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of John Newbery Medal 1977
NZ Review The vivid story... shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence. ( Booklist , starred review)
US Review At first Cassie Logan and her brothers, a year or so older than they were in the much briefer, gong of the Trees, (1975) are only dimly aware of rumors that two men have been killed and one badly burned by a white mob. Then Mary, their mother, tries to organize a boycott against the Wallaces, the local storeowners and instigators of the violence, and Logan land and lives are put on the line. Cassie's own spirit is demonstrated straight off, on the first day of the school year, when she refuses to accept a schoolbook labeled condition - very poor, race of student - nigra. Like her parents, Cassie learns that she must pick her shots carefully to survive, and she takes pains to learn a few blackmail-level secrets from her special tormentor, Miz Lillian Jean, before giving the older girl a good thrashing. Tragically though, brother Stacey's friend T.J. who isn't so careful, starts hanging around with the Wallace boys and winds up facing a lynch mob after they talk him into helping them rob a store. Although the Logans, whose ownership of desirable farmland has made them a target of white persecution, live in a virtual state of siege, and even after Papa sets fire to his own cotton to divert the attention of the mob from T.J., the story ends unmelodramatically not far from where it began - after a string of hard-fought victories and as many bitter defeats and with the money for the next tax payment on the land still not in sight. Taylor trusts to her material and doesn't try to inflate Cassie's role in these events, and though the strong, clear-headed Logan family is no doubt an idealization, their characters are drawn with quiet affection and their actions tempered with a keen sense of human fallibility. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Mildred D. Taylor was born in Mississippi and grew up in Ohio. She worked in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps before enrolling at the School of Journalism at the University of Colorado, where she helped develop a Black Studies programme. She is best-known for her Newbery Medal winner, ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY. Mildred D. Taylor still lives in Colorado.

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