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Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Logans #4)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  90,180 Ratings  ·  3,291 Reviews
'We have no choice of what colour we're born or who 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.' The Mississippi of the 1930s was a hard place for a black child to grow up in, but still Cassie didn't understand why farming his own land meant so much to her father.
Paperback, 274 pages
Published May 25th 1995 by Puffin Bks (first published October 1976)
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melissa
Dec 04, 2013 melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every American child
I first was exposed to this book in fifth grade and I have to say, it changed me forever. The struggles young Cassie Logan and her family faced as a strong black family in the Jim Crow south were eye opening to me. I guess as a child, until I read this book, I thought there was slavery and then there was freedom. This book taught me that there was a LOT of gray in between and it made me angry to know that there really wasn't justice and equality for everyone in my country, the way it was "suppos ...more
karen
Jul 19, 2009 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mark-harmon
when i was little, i would get dropped off at the library in lieu of daycare, particularly in the summer, when there were programs for kids without friends. so, if i spent my childhood in a library, how did i miss out on so many childrens classics?? just what was it i was reading?? (i think i read mostly lois duncan)but this book is great, really. i have learned to respect the newbery award - except for the black pearl(which is just a newbery honor, but still) this book could be republished as a ...more
Lindsay
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Ariana
I loved this book! It's definitely a must read for everyone. Here are a couple of my favorite quotations from the book:

(During a conversation between Cassie and her mother after Cassie is treated horribly by Lillian Jean Simms and her father):

"I didn't say that Lillian Jean is better than you. I said Mr. Simms only thinks she is. In fact, he thinks she's better than Stacey or Little Man or Christopher-John--"

"Just 'cause she's his daughter?" I asked, beginning to think Mr. Simms was a bit touche
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Beth Knight
Dec 09, 2014 Beth Knight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, middle-grade
Another reread for me. Given to me as a gift from a friend of my parents, I first read this when I had just turned 13. Although I didn't remember a lot of details (37 years have passed since I read it) I do remember loving the characters, especially Cassie and Little Man. I also remember being incredulous that people were treated in such an awful way just because of the color of their skin. Although I consider myself to have been somewhat naive back then, and also a late bloomer, I grew up in a ...more
Becky
3.5 stars

Having just finished The Help for the 2nd time, I was already in a place to appreciate this book, and for the most part, I did appreciate it.

The Help takes place in the early 60's in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early stages of the Civil Rights movement. It's a very personal story about 3 women struggling with who they are, both in general and in the environment in which they live. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry takes place in the 30's just outside of Jackson, MS, and deals with a lo
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Chris Thompson
Dec 27, 2012 Chris Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mildred D. Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, on its surface, seems to be a response to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. They're both similar in their setting and their themes. While a major theme in both is racism in the Jim Crow-era South, they tackle this theme from different perspectives. Harper Lee's heroine is a young white girl, and Mildred D. Taylor's young heroine is a young black girl. To Kill a Mockingbird was written 16 years earlier than Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and perh ...more
Margaret
Cassie Logan doesn't understand why possessing land means so much to her family, nor does she realize that so many of the white people around her think she's inferior to them. Then the night riders appear, threatening the black people in her community with tar and feathers and burning, and Cassie herself is humiliated by a white girl. Taylor's depiction of the moral choices the Logans must make is complex: though they may want to resist (and Cassie does several times), there's a fine and dangero ...more
Rebecca
America claiming to be the 'land of the free' is like me stating I'm a six foot blonde.
*midget brunette*
Philip
This book, much like The Giver, and Number the Stars, was one that I always, ALWAYS saw lying around during mid-elementary/junior high... even high school.

One of those books that I never got around to reading.

I just realized that all three of these books have a little gold circle somewhere on the cover - so maybe that means my teachers just always had Newberry Medal Winners on hand. Maybe my kids will be saying the same thing about When You Reach Me... Who knows...

The teachers were right to have
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Beth Lewis
Mar 31, 2014 Beth Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" by Mildred D. Taylor. This is a great book about the lives of the Logans,an African American family living in Mississippi during the 1930's. Taylor did an outstanding job setting the story in Mississippi. She made me feel like I was there with the way she described everything. Cassie, the main character and narrator, is a fourth grader. Throughout the story, she is learning how to handle racism. She and her brothers, Stacey, Christopher-John and Lit ...more
Alyssa
Sep 19, 2011 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-420
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a fictional story about the Logan family who are African Americans living during the 1930s depression in Mississippi. The plot is narrated by Cassie, the daughter of the Logan family. Each of the events in the plot teaches Cassie the importance of owning land and that the sacrifices to maintain that ownership are worth the struggles because of the freedom the land gives the family. The plot also speaks of the injustices done to African Americans during the time. T ...more
Huda
Nov 26, 2008 Huda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Huda by: نظرة قارئة
Shelves: arabic-books
تحدد الكتاب للمناقشة القادمة بإذن الله
شكرا لأم علاوي ، مشجعتي القرائية
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القصة ترويها الطفلة كيسي، تصف في مرحلة ما من عمرها، شيئا من المعاناة التي لاتزال تدغدغ خيالها
الأحداث مؤلمة لكنني أعتقد أن كل ماقيل فيها ليس إلا غيضا من فيض
فبديهي جدا أن تكون اللآلام استمرت بعد انتهاء القصة، وربما تفاقمت مع كبر أبطالها في السن
الجميل في الأمر أن القارئ بستطيع بكل سهولة أن يتخيل الأحداث حية أمامه
يحس بالطين ويشم رائحة الحرائق
وأعتقد أيضا أن قرائتها بالإنجليزية كانت لتكون أكثر متعة
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Chris
Jun 03, 2011 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fbr-2011
I'll give it a good 3-star. There was some bleakness to it, given the subject matter and the rotten things that the Logan family had to put up with. But I think that the author showed rather than told how the injustices were unfair. Certainly makes one think, and is a necessary lesson in history. We need to know our mistakes in the past so that we can understand just how wrong they were, and so that we won't repeat those mistakes in the future.
stiny
ok, for being a book i am forced to read for school, it wasnt that bad. the ending is so sad, tho. i wouldve cried, but i was at school, so i really didnt was to start crying in the middle of a class in front of all of my classmated. cuz that would be so embarassing. its pretty good, if you like that kind of book. im considering reading the sequel, but i dont know.
Katie Donahue
Mar 21, 2016 Katie Donahue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Demetrius Rogers
What a great story, set to the context of the segregated South. I read this to my kids and, as a half black man, I was proud to expose them to such an important segment of our history. I grew up largely in a white community, and now, so do my kids. So to have a portal into the the American Negro past was truly a blessing. I'm proud to have an African-American descent and I want them to be as well, or at least gain awareness and a sense of solidarity with their forebears.

All of us loved the story
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Lady Jaye
Jul 28, 2012 Lady Jaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a very long time ago, and also when I was very young - 12-14, I believe.
I knew a few bare facts about racism, and the history of slavery. I also think I had a vague knowledge of the African American struggle, but I don't remember too well. I do remember that the story had a very strong, very visceral impact on me. One of my first encounters with/about racism and being black in America. I think I cried in my reading. I haven't ever forgotten the cover, or the title, or Cassie, a
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Nick Black
Hrmm, probably the first seriously-themed book, aside from the Bible, I ever read (possibly beaten out by A Wrinkle in Time or Number the Stars; no records of this era exist, entrepreneurial verve not having yet leaped from the pages of Horatio Alger and settled in Otis Chandler's head as GoodReads) -- we hunkered down over this one in the fourth grade. I remember only two things, really:

(a) the textbook's ownership record, with its "White-White-White-White-White-White-black". Our teacher pointe
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Irishcoda
Jul 11, 2007 Irishcoda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book through Book Crossing one of the truly wonderful online resources for finding and reading good books at a price you just can't beat...free!

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was written by Mildred D. Taylor. I wondered why I hadn't ever read it before and then realized I was about 22 when it was published. I was at that age where I would be much too "adult" to read a young adult's book. Well, now I have no problem with it and have found that these books can be every bit as compelling a
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Lydia
Aug 22, 2015 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book!!! Normally, I am not interested in more historical/realistic fiction, but something about this book caught my attention and held it the whole way through. I felt it conveyed its message loud and clear, and it helped me better understand the hardships of certain people. However, the book seemed to end too soon...I wish it could have gone on forever and ever. (By the way, this book probably deserves 6 out of 5 stars, too)
Abby
Mar 21, 2016 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry was a very descriptive book I wasn't a big fan of it. I didn't like the beginning because it was boring and it took a while to get into the book, into the action. But, I did like the end because the author made it like you were there, and it was full of action. I loved the way the author made the book have a lot of meaning. But, the end was very depressing. I like the way the book made you have a different look on the time frame and what happened to the bl ...more
Melissa Coyle
A wonderful historical, fiction read for middle schoolers! You feel the raw frustration of being African/American during the Depression in Mississippi. The total lack of respect, racism, and pure evil that people had to endure. This is also about the love of family, being loyal, and working together! A must read!
علاء غريبة
المضحك في الموضوع انهم يعتبروا في هادي الرواية موجهة للاطفال.. يعني اطفالهم ايكلموا فيهم باللغة هادي و عن هادي المواضيع و احني اطفالنا اخرتهم العصفور فوق اللزهرة .. تما فرق كبييير بيناتنا و تبيلها باش نوصلوا الي وصلوله قبل 100 عام
Adam Mourad
Feb 17, 2016 Adam Mourad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Roll of thunder, hear my cry" was a great book. I loved everything about it and looked forward to reading it, everyday. It had some deep characters, that keep you engaged and wanting to read more. The book talks about how this black family; the Logans, struggle to overcome racism in 1930's Mississippi, during the great depression. It takes place after WW1 shortly, where all Americans fought for their freedom, which the blacks didn't get. They get into conflict with the grangers who own the neig ...more
Ceri
Jul 07, 2015 Ceri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my 'favourite' books from my Open Uni Children's Lit course. It was published in 1976, when books by non-white authors from a non-white perspective were coming into the mainstream. The book is part of a series of semi-autobiographical novels that Taylor wrote for older children with the aim of making all children more aware of the reality of American history as experienced by African American families in the South. It is written in the first person with the key protagonist being ...more
Alexandria Barth
A great book about the adventures of The Logan kids during the 1930's, when racism was still going strong. It is a bit boring in the begginning, but the ending is very exciting and gives you a true view of racism through the eyes of 8 year old African-American girl, Cassie Logan. The end will only keep you wanting more. I suggest only machure people read this book becuase the is a lot of strong language. Otherwise, a great book!
Andrea
Feb 13, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sowmithra Suresh Kumar
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a historical fiction novel written by Mildred D. Taylor.
The novel is set in the early 1930’s in the state of Mississippi and is narrated by Cassie, the daughter of a poor black farming family. The story follows Cassie and her siblings as they all begin to understand racial discrimination and discover the importance of land to their family.

The author’s chosen point of view allows us to experience the cruelness and the gross
injustice of racial discrimination, thr
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The Reading Countess
I'm not sure how I made it through elementary education in college, a twenty year teaching career, or parenting eighteen years without having read this one. I am embarrassed to admit it. Two students that I tutor in the fifth grade have begun reading this classic novel and that is what spurred me to pick it up and read it in one day. Taylor's tale is about a strong African American family living during the Depression in Mississippi and is ripe with foreshadowing, inferencing and will certainly u ...more
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“There are things you can't back down on, things you gotta take a stand on. But it's up to you to decide what them things are. You have to demand respect in this world, ain't nobody just gonna hand it to you. How you carry yourself, what you stand for--that's how you gain respect. But, little one, ain't nobody's respect worth more than your own.” 46 likes
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