This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor

The Road to Memphis (1992)

by Mildred D. Taylor

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
852915,403 (3.96)14
Recently added byNashSud, MommaAustin, ALHS_Library, private library, KWash, lauraferguson, Revekka, Spoto-Media



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 14 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 9 (next | show all)
In 1941 a black youth, sadistically teased by two white boys in rural Mississippi, severely injures one of them with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
This is a dramatic and sad book but you wil say I love this book when your done reading the book .
  Livy2 | Oct 25, 2013 |
In the series of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. RGG: Beautifully written. The racism is horrific. Cassie's heart beating faster is wonderful.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 4, 2012 |
The Road to Memphis takes readers through the trials and tribulations of an 18 year old African American female named Cassie Logan. This is Mildred Taylor’s third book featuring Cassie as a main character. The story takes place in small town Mississippi in the 1940’s. Cassie’s family and friends are up against typical circumstances associated with heavily racial South in this era including constant belittling and bullying from their Caucasian peers. Cassie attends school in the city of Jackson for a better education with the ultimate goal of becoming a lawyer. On the way to Jackson Cassie, her brother Stacey, and friends stop in Strawberry to fix a flat tire. Fed up with the abuse, a friend of Cassie’s named Moe looses control and hits three white men with a crowbar. The group is now faced with the challenge of getting Moe to the train station in Tennessee where he can travel to Chicago and be safe. After a rocky start I began to fall in love the characters, plot, and themes of this book. It has your predictable characters but some that stand out in unique ways for example a white boy named Jeremy who played a crucial role in helping Moe get out of Strawberry. I would recommend this book to young readers due to its historical references of African American life in the south and event leading up to WWII. Some of the dialogue and continuous use of the N word could be somewhat distracting. Overall the unselfish acts of those that had so little but still willing to give would be inspiring to any young reader. Grade 9 and up. ( )
  eussery | Apr 29, 2012 |
There really aren't any books by Taylor that I don't like. She is the supreme story-teller. I love all of her books and have grown up loving and respecting the Logan family as if they are my own family. She has a true gift for bringing truth and honor to historic and realistic fiction. It was refreshing to see Cassie Logan all grown up and being open to living out her life during racially charged times. ( )
  LetitiaGoodman | Nov 3, 2010 |
Showing 1-5 of 9 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140360778, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:00 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

In 1941 a black youth, sadistically teased by two white boys in rural Mississippi, severely injures one of them with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state. Set in Mississippi in 1941, The Road to Memphis describes three harrowing, unforgettable days in the life of an African-American high school girl dreaming of law school. Caught up in the center of tense racial dramas unfolding around her, Cassie Logan is forced to confront the adult world as never before. A Coretta Scott King Author Award Book.… (more)

» see all 3 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.96)
2 1
2.5 2
3 15
3.5 2
4 30
5 18

Recorded Books

An edition of this book was published by Recorded Books.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 130,207,888 books! | Top bar: Always visible