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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Paperback – November 27, 2001
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Twenty-five years after it was first published, this special anniversary edition of the classic strikes as deep and powerful a note as ever. Taylor's vivid portrayal of ugly racism and the poignancy of Cassie's bewilderment and gradual toughening against social injustice and the men and women who perpetuate it, will remain with readers forever. Two award-winning sequels, Let the Circle Be Unbroken and The Road to Memphis, and a long-awaited prequel, The Land, continue the profoundly moving tale of the Logan family. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"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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I read this book on my own in third grade, and read it in school in eighth grade, so I think it has a good range of ages. I'm in college and I still like re-reading it. There are a lot of good themes/issues to explore with your kids or students if you read this book with them.
I was introduced to this book when it was assigned as a literature study in my English class. Though I, along with others, groaned when the assignment was made, I have greatly taken that moan back. Once I started, I couldn't stop. The author's supense, humor, setting, and a great use of southern dialect for the dialogue make this book a hard one to put down. Though I have only read this book once, I plan to read it many, many times in the future. Take my advice, this book is unbelivable. Don't let the dust gather on it too much longer; it deserves to be read and cherished.
The story takes the reader through a year of nine-year-old Cassie Logan's life. Living in Mississippi in the 1930s, life was often cruel and unjust to Cassie and her African American family and friends. I felt the ache of longing for justice over the fact that Cassie and her brothers had to walk several miles to school while the white children taunted them from their bus, whose driver daily tried to run Cassie and her brothers into the muddy, water-filled gullies along the side of the road. I laughed with delight at the siblings' clever and successful plot of revenge against their taunters. I shivered with horror over the barbaric act carried out by the men who burned members of the Berry family over a false accusation and got away with it.Read more ›
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Good story. Great read for students who can handle the racist language. But I feel it could give students insight on life in the south for black Americans during segregation.Published 1 day ago by jessica
I read this book years ago when I was a young girl. Now I'm in grad school and it still resonates strongly with me and in my heart. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Olivia Brown
I purchased this book for a School Supply Drive. It was a book I remember fondly from when I was in school, and wanted to share that same experience with an underfunded classroom. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ashley
An excellent book describing the life of a Black family in segregated, Jim Crow Mississippi.Published 19 days ago by EM114
Very pleased with the quality of the books. Packaging was great as well.Published 27 days ago by Michael S. Jones
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was my first literary peek into race, racism and injustice as a kid. What a pleasure to bump into this book again as an adult and revisit the enduring,... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Deshauna Sherrod
I remember when my class and I were forced to read this. I guess some people might like this but from my assessment of the people who read it most don't. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer