Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor


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The stunning repackage of a timeless Newbery Award Winner, with cover art by two-time Caldecott Honor Award winner Kadir Nelson!

With the land to hold them together, nothing can tear the Logans apart.

Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year—the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she is black—to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride, for no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess soemthing no one can take away.

"[Taylor] writes not with rancor or bitterness of indignities, but with pride, strength, and respect for humanity."—The New York Times Book Review

"The vivid story of a black family whose warm ties to each other and their land give them strength to defy rural Southern racism during the Depression . . . Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence despite the certainty of outer defeat."—Booklist, starred review

* Newbery Medal winner
* A National Book Award Nominee
* American Book Award Honor Book
* An ALA Notable Book
* A NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
* A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140384512
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Series: Logan Family Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 332
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including The Road to MemphisLet the Circle Be UnbrokenThe LandThe Well, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Her books have won numerous awards, among them a Newbery Medal (for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry), four Coretta Scott King Awards, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Her book The Land was awarded the L.A. Times Book Prize and the PEN Award for Children's Literature. In 2003, Ms. Taylor was named the First Laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature. Ms. Taylor now devotes her time to her family, writing, and what she terms "the family ranch" in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Kadir Nelson
 ( is a two-time Caldecott Honor Award recipient. He has received an NAACP Image Award, a CASEY Award, the 2009 and 2014 Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the 2009 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award. Among Mr. Nelson's other awards are gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. His work has appeared in The New York TimesSports Illustrated, and The New Yorker. He lives in Los Angeles.

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"The vivid story of a black family whose warm ties to each other and their land give them strength to defy rural Southern racism during the Depression. . . . Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence despite the certainty of outer defeat." —Booklist (starred review)

"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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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 547 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry is about a black family living in Mississippi during the early 1930's. This family, like many other families, is suffering from the unfair treatment from the whites. Their land is the only thing that gives them power. This is a good book for anyone that's wanting to learn more about the segragation issue, or even the unfair treatment of the blacks. This is also a true story, so it has lots of facts about the time period. I really liked this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time. The book is based on true events that happened to the author, Mildred d. Taylor. The character's names were changed. The author was born in Mississippi (the same location the story takes place in), and her father worked on the railroad (the same one in the story). I judged the book by three things, suspence, the events in the story, and the ending. The story had suspence, and the events and ending were great. The main point of the book was to give the readers an idea of what it was like to live in the deep south during the 1930's. The book really does give you an idea of what it was like.Cassie, the stories main character, is always trying to stand up for herself against the whites, and is brave. Stacey is Cassie's older brother, and is almost like Cassie. He's brave and trys to stand up for himself. Christopher- John is one of Cassie's younger brothers, and is trys to avoid trouble when ever possible, but still gets dragged into what Stacey wants to do. Little Man is the youngest, and he trys to be brave, but is still too young to stand up for himself. The book definitely achieves its goals and purposes. Its gives the readers an idea of what it was like living in the 1930's, and it gives us a good, suspenceful story. This book is like no other non-fiction story I've read, because its built like a fictional story, but acually has true events.I really liked this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time. It had many sad moments, and some funny ones too. I recammend this book to anyone and I give it 5 stars.
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TracyMomNY More than 1 year ago
Absolutely LOVED this book!! A MUST READ for all ages. Its especially great for middleschoolers and brings a terrific understanding to the trials and tribulations growing up in the 1930s in the Deep South. Loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set in Mississippi, a notorious state for the mistreatment of African Americans even to this day, author Mildred D. Taylor brings us the story of the Logan's, a hardworking family struggling to make an honest living. Through the harshness of cruel racism and injustices, the family's strength and love prevails. This gripping book had me from the beginning and I quickly grew attached to the Logan's, especially our narrator, Cassie. The ending was especially powerful; I felt like crying along with Cassie. This book is good for slightly older children. I feel it important that children understand controversial topics such as racism since it is still very prevalent today. This book is very clear where right and wrong is concerned, displaying numerous acts of injustices; therefore, books such as this one could possibly soften students and perhaps even prevent racism in some.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cassie and her family face a very hard.When people start doing bad things to Cassie and her family. They must figure out how to deal with all of this madness. They keep getting threats from the towns people. For example, Cassie and her brothers get mad fun of at school. Cassie's parents have a hard time shopping for food, clothes and other things that regular family's need. Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry is about how colored people were treated before Martin Luther King. Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry was O.K. It got boring at some parts but over all it was a pretty good book. I give this book 3 stars because the author gave some details. There are z few surprising twists and turns. If you wanna find out read Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry.
Rose_P More than 1 year ago
This 1930's tale of a sharecropping family breaks the common mold for the life of an African American family trying to survive the depression and racist hate crimes. The Logan family, unlike most families of the time, own their own land and do whatever work it takes to pay for things out right instead of taking out loans. At the same time they are trying to raise four young children in a time where life doesn't make sense and the torture from their white counterparts is relentless. The book is a great way to show kids about the hardships that some races have faced in this country and the perseverance it took to overcome their struggles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I prefer you read this. I loved this book so much i could not keep my nose out of it. Although some bad moments, this is one of the best books I have read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting. Like most books it has some boring points, but once you start reading, you can't stop! Once one exiting point ends, the book isn't over. In one, or two chapters there will be another exiting point. It is very exiting, and is one of the best books I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to buy the sequel on my NOOK HD+ I really loved Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry though - a truly riveting and action packed story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic story by Mildred d Taylor. Cassie fights through this hatd time wich inspires me. I love how Cassie daydreams about smashing Lillian Jean's books into the ground. It is sad that papa almost died bevause of the horrible accident. Spoiler : T.J. dies at the end it is really sad espesally for Cassie.
ashleyutsa More than 1 year ago
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is set in the Depresion-era in Mississippithe could quite possibly be the best civil rights book I have ever read. The Logan's work hard to keep their land since they are one of the few African American (and white) families who own land. Cassie, one of the main characters, is such a little spit fire with a big heart but all of the characters make the book amazing and contribute in different ways that make the book a strong read. I did feel sad and get really angry with the racial and social injustices the Logan family, as well as the other black families, had to endure. I like this book because it gives the reader a great perceptive of an African American family during those hard and trying times of Civil War era. Although some may find it degrading and awful, I found it educating and really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 25 years old and i first read this book when I was in the 5th grade. And I have since read it to my 5 year old daughter. I recommend this book to all races to read.
svcsty More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book, I couldn¿t put it down until the very end. It was gripping because it was true. I read it several times over the winter holiday because it was so interesting. This is a must read for any WWII, pre-teen, or teen reader. Enjoy!
KrMc0315 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is one of the worst books i have ever read. it was really confusing and i didnt really get the story line. i would not recomend this book to anyone.
landism on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry tells the story of Cassie, a ten year old African American girl living in rural Mississippi during the early 1930s. Cassie's family is trying very hard to hold onto their 400 acres of land, but difficult economic times and racial prejudice complicate matters. This is also a story about how Cassie begins to grow up and realize that the world is not fair; people are not always as good as she thought. Cassie is a spunky, outspoken narrator, too. I think young readers will relate to her efforts to make sense of her increasingly complex experiences of the world and her place in it. This book teaches readers about the Great Depression and racism, and this book would be an excellent Literature Circle book. The themes that Mildred D. Taylor touches on could generate rich discussions among students. I would recommend Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry for upper elementary and middle school students.
missmath144 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mildred Taylor creates a fictional story out of the true stories told to her by her family. The reader (or in this case, the listener) cannot help but identify with the main characters. You want to hit out at inequities, but you know that if you do, things will be worse.
avcr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
1933 Mississippi, Cassie¿s Grandpa Logan bought land from the Grangers that now the Granger son wanted to get back. The Wallaces, renters of the Grangers, bigoted, racists, repeatedly threatened, burned neighbor¿s houses, and spewed hatred throughout the town of strawberry. Mr. Morrison, friend of the Logan¿s helped protect the family, and together they fought against the egregious racism and injustice against blacks. If You Liked This, Try: A Teaching Guide to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Jeanette Machoian, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson Awards: Newbery Medal, 1977,
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This reminded me, in many ways, of Ms. Harper's "To Kill a Mockingbird". Cassie finds herself caught up in the racial tensions in their community at the same time that she is coming face to face with what it means to be black in the South. While her parents walk the fine line between keeping their family safe and still striving for a better life, Cassie has to learn that being safe sometimes means doing things you don't want to do. Thought-provoking book.
CTieyah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book takes place during the Depression, as a nine year-old Cassie tells about how her family lived and dealt with racism. The Logans fight to keep their land, as they are the only black family to own any around there, and fight to stay safe and stop the cruel acts that are happening to other black people in their community. As the adults struggle with more legal and money issues, the children are faced with their own struggles. They begin to understand and learn to accept the way things are and mature in a white-powered world. The family sticks together as they take steps to break through racism and deal with the consequences of their bold intentions and actions.By far, one of my favorite books! The ending is left sort of open to me, but the whole book is so beautifully written. I can very clearly see the characters and their actions in my mind. I became a part of the Logan family as I read how Cassie comes to learn about racism and her ¿place¿ in the world. Viewing this topic from the heart and mind of a nine year-old only intensifies how the concept of inequality based on skin color is ridiculous and makes no sense at all. I had read this book in school a long time ago and could not remember why I liked it so much ¿ just that I did. So I was very glad to read it again and see that Mildred Taylor is an amazing writer! This book really makes me feel like I am there, with the Logan family.Extensions, well one could be to add to the story. Students could write what happens next to the Logan family (because I personally believe more should have been added to the end¿just so I can know what happens!). Another idea would be to address racism directly. Have the students pretend they are a major authority figure with much influence in the Logan community and surrounding areas. They must convince the people that racism is wrong and will not be tolerated. Each student can create their own presentations or you can put them into small groups. Posters, power points, touching speeches, skits, songs ¿ anything goes. Just let them be creative in their own way so that they have more interest and put more effort into it. Research and checking back into the book will be necessary to do well.
ovistine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one's a classic, and I read it first in fourth grade or so. It's the story of Cassie Logan and her family, who are only two generations removed from slavery but who are fortunate enough to own land. They face a great deal of trouble in their rural Mississippi town, from having to put up with castoffs from the white school to threats of lynching, and through it all Cassie grows up a lot faster than anyone should ever have had to. Absolutely fantastic book. Enough good things cannot be said about this one.
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written novel that allows the reader to see the perspecitve of an African American family during the Great Depression, which was a time of great racial injustice. I would recommend this book to everyone because I believe that everyone should understand that time period.
aliptak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Multicultural Literature - This is a good example of multicultural literature because it is giving us a different perspective than what we are used to. It is showing us a different culture, and a lot of aspects of that culture. It is a book that we can learn a lot from and understand why some things are the way they are. The book is also written in a different way, we can see what it is really like to be living there by the way the story is written and that makes it interesting. We can also learn a lot from this book. Character: Stacey who is one of the main characters does a lot of growing in this book. He starts to become a man physically and mentally, and that is really cool to see throughout the book. I do not think that he is the protagonist of the book but I do think he is one of the main supporting characters and he is very round and very well developed from beginning to end.Art Media: NoneStyle: I think there were many different styles of literature used in this book, those include simile, metaphor, and hyperbole. They all helped to describe things within the story and make it more interesting for the reader to read. It helped to make the reader want to continue to read and find out more. The styles were also used that way because that is how they spoke and explained things in their culture.
cassie.lee.irwin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Media: NoneGenre: Historical FictionReview: This book is an excellent example of a historical fiction novel because it includes both history and fiction. The event that is being defined happened before I was born and the information is accurate for the time period. The author introduces a town in which the African American and White families are treated completely different. We learn why the land to the Logan family is so important and how they will do almost anything to keep it. This book gives us a very good look into what it was like right after segregation ended.
mrsarey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible story of a black family in the thirties and its struggle in a world where blacks are second class citizens. Every one should read this at least once!
Eowyn_33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Media: NAGenre: historical fictionage appropriateness: intermediate