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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976)

by Mildred D. Taylor

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Series: Logan Family (4)

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A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.
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    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Caramellunacy, Anonymous user)
    Caramellunacy: Both stories about a young girl coming of age in the South and racial intolerance. Also both beautiful reads! To Kill a Mockingbird is told by Scout Finch - the daughter of the town lawyer called upon to defend an African-American man accused of rape. Roll of Thunder is told from the point of view of the daughter of a cotton-picking family who only slowly grows to realize the extent of prejudice her family faces.… (more)
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    One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (CurrerBell)
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    Sounder by William H. Armstrong (kaledrina)

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Book Club, 2022

¿Por qué es la tierra tan importante para la familia de Cassie? Los acontecimientos de un año agitado —el año de los hombres de la noche y de los incendios, el año en que una muchacha blanca humilló a Cassie en público porque era negra— sirvieron para que Cassie se diera cuenta de que tener un lugar propio constituye el alma de la familia Logan. El valor y el orgullo de los Logan se los da la tierra, porque sin importar cuánto los puedan subestimar, los Logan poseen algo que nadie les puede quitar.

* Ganador de la medalla Newbery
  fewbach | Jan 5, 2023 |
This is a great book for seventh or eight grade students. ( )
  eliseGregory | Jan 1, 2023 |
Song with title in it at beginning of Chapter 11.
  VillageProject | Apr 22, 2022 |
One of my all time favorite books as a kid. I connected really hard to Cassie's love of the land, of the red earth and cotton country, and I was outraged and deeply moved by the struggles her family faced under Jim Crow. This is a powerful book. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
It feels like an adult book in many ways. Her writing is so accomplished--not overdone, not too minimal. I couldn't believe I hadn't read it before. I'm hooked on her books now. Her characters are so real and so compelling. I don't know why EVERYONE hasn't read this. ( )
  eas7788 | Apr 4, 2022 |
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Roll of thunder hear my cry

This book is about a family that lived in Mississippi. They owned a lot of land. There were the Wallace’s who were mean white people. There family was big. Papa sent Mr. Morrison to watch all of his family. There was a guy named T.J who took the wrong side of the road. And was blamed for stealing a gun. Papa went down to the land and set a fire so that T.J would not get hurt anymore. In the end, everything turned out great and it did not have to end in violence.

We read this book in my 7th grade LA class. I enjoyed reading it. My favorite part was when Papa set a distraction to make them stop hitting T.J... I loved this book. Everybody should read this. The only part I did not like was when they cursed at the African Americans. I encourage all readers to read this book.
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Mildred D. Taylorprimary authorall editionscalculated
Pinkney, JerryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thigpen, LynneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the memory of my beloved father who lived many adventures of the boy Stacey and who was in essence the man David
First words
"Little Man, would you come on?"
As moronic rolls of laughter and cries of 'Nigger! Nigger! Mud eater!" wafted from the open windows, Little Man threw his mudball, missing the wheels by several feet. Then, totally dismayed by what happened, he buried his face in his hands and cried.
For him to believe that he is better than we are makes him think he's important, simply because he's white.
Baby, we have not choice of what color we're born or what 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.
Roll of Thunder
hear my cry
Over the water
bye and bye
Ole man comin'
down the line
Whip in hand to
beat me down
But I ain't
gonna let him
Turn me' round
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A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.

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Although the Civil War ended, racial discrimination is still a part of the culture in the South, especially in Mississippi. The story is about the Logan's determination to stand up against prejudice amidst opposition: night riders, burnings, and lynchings. The Logans even face the possibility of losing their source of independence: the land that they own.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140371745, 0141333340


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