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Mildred D. Taylor

Author of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

24+ Works 21,814 Members 540 Reviews 12 Favorited

About the Author

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 show more 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. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Mildred D. Taylor

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976) 11,958 copies, 384 reviews
Let the Circle Be Unbroken (1981) 2,051 copies, 18 reviews
The Road to Memphis (1992) 1,231 copies, 15 reviews
Mississippi Bridge (1990) 1,103 copies, 18 reviews
The Land (2001) 1,071 copies, 13 reviews
The Well (1995) 1,061 copies, 20 reviews
The Gold Cadillac (1987) 917 copies, 8 reviews
The Friendship (1987) 830 copies, 13 reviews
Song of the Trees (1975) 699 copies, 8 reviews
The Friendship / The Gold Cadillac (1987) 294 copies, 2 reviews
All the Days Past, All the Days to Come (2020) 168 copies, 5 reviews

Associated Works

Mississippi Writers: An Anthology (1991) — Contributor — 14 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Taylor, Mildred Delois
Birthdate
1943-09-13
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Places of residence
Jackson, Mississippi, USA (birthplace)
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Ethiopia
Colorado, USA
Education
University of Toledo
University of Colorado (School of Journalism)
Occupations
recruiter (Peace Corps)
writer
editor
copy editor
proofreader
author
Organizations
Peace Corps
Black Student Alliance
Awards and honors
Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award (2020)
Children's Literature Legacy Award (2021)
Short biography
Born in Jackson, Mississippi and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Toledo, she spent two years in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps. Returning to the United States, she recruited for the Peace Corps before entering the School of Journalism at the University of Colorado. As a member of the Black Student Alliance, she worked with students and university officials in structuring a Black Studies program at the university.

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From Kirkus: "Surely the crown jewel of the Logan family saga. A heart-stopping plot about a character whose life has always been defined by her family and their land."
 
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BackstoryBooks | 4 other reviews | Apr 3, 2024 |
reviewed - good but don't read to younger students
 
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hcs_admin | 12 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
I really liked this book. The author has a very strong sense of character development and giving the reader to feel of the experience of the characters through their words and actions. It has a timeless feel to it, even though it is set just after the Civil War, and the racism is hard to confront, but I think the author is honest in her depictions. While I liked this book, I wonder how many young adults would pick it up and relate. There is a bunch of offensive language and which is what gets this book challenged, but I am not sure how you tell the story of daily racism without using the language used.… (more)
 
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Works
24
Also by
1
Members
21,814
Popularity
#984
Rating
3.9
Reviews
540
ISBNs
316
Languages
9
Favorited
12

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