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The Road to Memphis Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reissue edition (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140360778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140360776
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The third novel in a series which started with Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, The Road to Memphis catches up with the Logan family in 1941. Cassie is entering her last year of high school in Jackson, Mississippi and her older brother Stacey is driving his first car. After a family trip to Memphis, a sequence of events, including pregnancy, death and the intrusions of Pearl Harbor and World War II wreaks havoc on the family, threatening to separate them from each other, perhaps forever. Drawing upon their strength as a family and the support of their community, the Logans fight for survival, particularly Cassie, who dreams of becoming a lawyer. The Road to Memphis won the 1991 Coretta Scott King Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

The Newbery Medalist's third powerful entry in the Logan family saga concerns 17-year-old Cassie's involvement in civil rights. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

I really like reading books y this author.
Candy
This book is about Love, Sorrow, Humiliation, and the pain that being African-American brought in Cassie's time.
Victoria Spears
Like Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Road to Memphis is about family.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By spot on May 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am in eighth grade at San Francisco Day School. I read both The Road to Memphis by Mildred Taylor and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee for my English class. I found the two books closely related. They are both about a community in a racist time period and how it survives, or attempts to survive the hardships it suffers in a short period. The Road to Memphis is about a black community in the 1940's. The main character, Cassie, is a young black lady whose core group of family and friends is torn apart by several incidents over a three day period. Cassie's dream was to go to law school and become a lawyer. She thought that the court was a fair place where everyone, including blacks, were treated equally. This is the same belief Atticus and his family had in To Kill a Mockingbird before the Tom Robinson trial, when they lost faith in the whole judicial system. Unfortunately, a "fair" court does not make up for the unfair community and population running the court. Cassie's community was split up by racial slurs, death, and the start of World War Two. I thought that The Road to Memphis did a superb job of illustrating what life was like for a black lady in a time when neither ladies nor blacks were highly respected. The novel also showed how much your life can change in a very short time period. In the three days of turmoil Cassie found out how harsh this world was. She was harassed by several white men and lost four of her closest companions to death, or to the misuse of the power of the white community. It was disturbing how in three tragedy filled days, a young lady's life can be ruined, and the cards containing the future of a community can be shuffled so thoroughly.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 1999
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I thought The Road To Memphis was a very dramatic,compelling book. This is the third novel in the series written about the Logan family. This book takes place in 1941, right before the outbreak of World WarII. Cassie is 17 years old and a senior in high school dreaming of going onto law school. Stacey is working in Jackson and is driving his first car. A sequence of tragic events, incuding pregnancy and death, threatens to seperate the family, possibly forever. In Jackson Moe lashes out at his white tormentors, an act unheard of in Mississippi back then, almost killing them. Cassie, Stacey and their friends must try to get Moe to Memphis and safety. At the end of the book it doesn't tell you what happens to Jeremy, Stacey, Moe or Cassie. I found myself asking what happened to them? Mildred D. Taylor is and excellent writer. In reading this book I found she depicted the magnitude of racism in the 1940's very well. It really gave me an idea of what life was like in that era. It also made me realize how times have changed and how ucky I am to live in this day and age. I would suggest this book to readers who are old enough to comprehend the realism of it. This is a great book that I think all people should read at sometime in their life.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Jacobs on March 18, 2001
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I read this book in one day!! I read "Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry" in 8th grade as a class requirment and I loved it and I started looking for the sequals and prequals a couple of weeks ago. So far I like this one the best. Cassie Logan is 17 and still has a temper when it comes to segragation and one of the young white boys Jeremy Simms cousin Statler is setting eyes on young and beautiful Cassie Logan. an incident happens causing the Moe to flee to Memphis with the help of Cassie, Stacie, Clarence, Little Willie, and Jeremy Simms. On the way Cassie meets a very handsome man in a cafe........... Great book I highly reccomend you read it or get it for your child. Taylor is very good in expressing the hardships of the African American people during that time period.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michelle E on May 20, 2002
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I love The Road To Memphis. I started reading Mildred D. Taylor's book at the beginning last year at school as a class reading but right away I loved it by the time my teacher stared I was at the end of chapter 1 in Roll of Thunder,Hear My Cry. After that I couldn't stop reading, and I got in trouble for reading it so quickly, but then I read Let the Circle be Unbroken, then found myself reading The Road To Memphis. The main charcters of this book is Cassie,Stacey,Moe,Claudia,Little man,Christopher-John. When Moe gets tired of the whites treating him like dirt,he beats up 3 white boys,almost killing them. Then has to make a run for a train in Memphis to get to Stacey's uncle Hammer, But on the way somebody dies (i'm not saying who).In the end even a white's life messes up.Before I read this book I knew slaves had a hard time, but after slavery I didn't know how they were treated, and I think all whites (including me) are well respected of blacks even without reading theese books.! And I recomend you reading her other books to!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2004
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This book is absolutely great! Mildred D. Taylor explains the hardships of blacks in her books. This is a very sad book because Cassie has 3 friends that leave and her brother leaves. Cassie says she'll never fall in love, but she falls in love with a guy named Solomo Bradley. I won't give the book away to you, so get a book yourself a read it to see what happens! I wish Taylor would make a sequal to this book because I want to know what happens. I HIGHLY RECCOEND THIS BOOK! Get it now!
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