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The Friendship (Logans #5.5)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  796 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
Cassie Logan and her brothers have been warned never to go to the Wallace store, so they know to expect trouble there. What they don t expect is to hear Mr. Tom Bee, an elderly black man, daring to call the white storekeeper by his first name. The year is 1933, the place is Mississippi, and any child knows that some things just aren t done.

A powerful story. Readers will b

Paperback, 56 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Puffin Books (first published 1987)
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Mar 03, 2014 Ro rated it liked it
This book is horrible and fantastic, all rolled into one. It is a fantastic piece of literature to generate a discussion for a book club. I read this to my daughter's 4th grade class as part of their unit on Rights and Responsibilities. The con's of this book are how it paints a very stereotypical picture of blacks/whites and racism in the early 1900's. We live overseas and it can be depresssing that blacks are portrayed in a certain way to children of other countries. But the undertones of this ...more
Rivka Ray
Mildred D. Taylor is quickly climbing my list of authors I watch. After reading Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry (which I really liked) I still was not sure if I would read all of her other books being they are written for a younger age group and the library did not have them on audio. (The reader for the audio book of Roll of Thunder was excellent!) On a whim I ordered two Ms. Taylor short stories from the library, this one and Mississippi Bridge. I have only read one of them and I am sure I want to ...more
Jubilation Lee
So I was expecting this book would be about... um... friends. Instead it was about the end of, and betrayal of, friendship.

Dang it, Mildred D Taylor, why must you torture me with true stories of sorrow and historical awfulness?!
Jun 16, 2012 NebraskaIcebergs rated it really liked it
The Friendship by Mildred Taylor is a deceptively simple book. Being about fifty pages, with bigger print and many illustrations, you'd think it most suited to primary-aged students. Yet The Friendship doesn't pussyfoot around its portrayal of racism. Moreover, it includes an event that still seems shocking almost twenty-five years after the book's publication.

If you have ever gazed longingly at rows of candy jars, you might relate to how one day Cassie Logan and her three brothers visit the Wal
Lisa Mason
Nov 25, 2011 Lisa Mason rated it really liked it
1.Historical Fiction

2.In The Friendship, three young black brothers and their sister experience racism in a very real way at the general store outside their community. They are teased and threatened by the shop owner’s sons only to later witness the shooting of their friend Mr. Tom Bee, by the same group of men.

3.A. Theme B. Racism/Friendship C. The Friendship addresses the theme of racism from a very realistic perspective. The children know the unwritten rules of their community, like not calli
Oct 30, 2012 Gen rated it really liked it
We have always learned about the times during the civil rights movement, but not necessarily the moments before it. In The Friendship, racism very bluntly encompasses this book. Before a child reads this, I would make sure that child is a little bit more mature so he/she can actually learn something and discuss this book rather than simply crying about it. Upper elementary students would be a good age group for this book. The Friendship recounts the true story of Mr. Tom Bee's (elderly black man ...more
Mar 04, 2010 Ch_nataliepelaia rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-fic
This chapter book by Mildred D. Taylor shows the relationship between a white man and a black man living in the South before the Civil rights movement. The logan children walk nervously into a store to pick up medicine for their Aunt Cassie. They were always warned by their parents to not go into this store, but they had to get the medicine. The store is owned by the Wallaces who are white and the Logan children are black. While standing outside the store they see there friend who is a elderly b ...more
Nov 09, 2008 Omo rated it it was amazing
everyone remembers Cassie and her brothers from the Logan family series. from the first book roll of thunder hear my cry and the sequel. but in this book Cassie and her brothers are not the one who have gotten into trouble or are getting them self in trouble. in this book they actually see an argument between an older African American and a Caucasian man who owns the store. everyone knows you are suppose to respect your elder, based on age. but in the south at the times where racism is still ali ...more
I enjoyed this little book by Mildred Taylor. I think that The Friendship manages to touch upon the complexity of race relations in sharecropping Mississippi in such a way that it would neither overwhelm readers of the age level for which it was meant, or cheat them out of learning social issues. I think that the little book packs a big punch, and would be a very good book for a children's book group that explored multicultural topics.
Molly Cline
Apr 12, 2015 Molly Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, 2015, series-7
This was book #5.5 (book 7) of the Logan series written by Ms Taylor. Although this book was more for children versus the first book "The Land" was it was still almost just as good. And although she didn't write in the beginning of this one this is what she wrote in the first pages of "The Land" and it applies to this book as well... "...Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I have used language that is painful, I have chosen to use the language that was spoken during the per ...more
This was a good book. I’ve read Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and when I found out there was other books that had the same characters I wanted to read them. So when I found this one at the dollar store I picked it up. The story was so sad, and it’s horrible that people had to go through crap like that… I’m just happy that the old man in the story took a stand.
Apr 25, 2010 Kennedi rated it liked it
This book was really great but is a book that got me really upset with how african americans were discriminated against back at its worse. This old man, who is black, thought he had a great friendship with the owner of a store, who would be the white man, and through the story is shows the betrayal of this man. I would recommend this book for sure.
Simone Sylvester
Another good M.D. Taylor book from the Logan Series.
Didn't like the ending - but something I realize from reading YA, or historical fiction, and non-fiction - Life does not have happy endings the way Disney portraits. Most of these books are in a way unfinished - because the people these books were based on didn't reach their happily-ever-after in time to stuff in the books, if they did at all.
So while it would be fun to see every detail - if it's based on real life there are probably many sides
Mary Sutterluety
Coretta Scott King Award

I was unnerved by this book. Perhaps it was the overt racism, or the shotgun blast to the main character's knee, or the broken friendship between an old black man and a white store owner... Whatever it was, it is a chilling look back at Jim Crow.
Sassy Shweta
Feb 17, 2013 Sassy Shweta rated it liked it
WE read this book in class, and it really gives a sense of life back then during the period of segregation. This book is only a novella, but if you enjoyed this book I strongly suggest you read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. The symbolism and quotes are very powerful.
Feb 14, 2009 Dianne rated it really liked it
This book was hard to tell who the "I" voice was. The pictures enhanced the story. The fact that it was based on a real event in Taylor's life made it very worthwhile.

Very quick read.
Jan 05, 2016 Angie rated it really liked it
a surprisingly powerful book for young readers. Such a good picture of racism in the south before the civil rights movement.
Kristin Pierce
Oct 14, 2010 Kristin Pierce rated it it was amazing
A great story dealing with the racism in the south. It is a small glimpse into the lives of the Logan family and their friends.
Aug 13, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
A powerful young adult story about racism in the 1930s. I'm not sure when I'll feel that my son is ready to read this, though.
Sherry Thornberry
This book about my black countrymen got my hackles up. It seemed like this blatant disrespect of people and their rights based on skin color was far removed from my lifetime. So I googled "The official end of slavery". It was just 105 years before I was born. Just 65 years before my grandmother was born. So it has not been so long ago that people walked our streets here in America that were directly influenced by the institution of slavery. That seems unreal. But its not. Praise be for those who ...more
Kelly Powell
This book was a hard book to read because of the miss treatment and racism shown in such a real way even though this book is fiction. Since I know how real racism was and still can be today this story brought me back to the time I witnessed my best friend being mistreated for her skin color. I think this is a great book to have on your selves for students to learn this is how people use to act and how some still act today and it is wrong. I wasn’t a fan of how the book was written but that is ho ...more
Allie K
This very short story explained a lot about the rules of racism, especially in only 56 pages. I did not like Mr. Tom Bee in this book, but only because I was very concerned for him, since he disobeyed many rules. I was really scared and was kept on the tips of my toes, because of Tom Bee. He is the type of character that is unpredictable and makes the reader's heart race, wondering what he will do next. Fortunately, Mr. Tom Bee was not killed, and that relieved me. I think that Mildred D. Taylor ...more
Mar 22, 2009 Christy rated it really liked it
American Library Association Notable Book Award (ALAN) 1988
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (BGHBA) 1988
Coretta Scott King Award (CSKA) 1988

Mildred D. Taylor brilliantly depicts a relationship between a white man and a black man living in the South before the Civil Rights Movement. The story begins with the Logan children on their way to the store for medicine for their Aunt Cassie. They are nervous about going to this store because it is owned by the Wallace family. The Wallace’s are white and the
Jul 01, 2013 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th Grade & Up
Recommended to Allison by: NBMS Summer Reading list 2013
I really enjoyed this one. Actually, I've yet to read one of Taylor's books that I didn't enjoy. Having lived in Virginia until I was 9 and having spent all of my summers in Georgia, stories set in the South are familar to me on a visceral level.

What stood out for me in The Friendship is that the plot centered around the concept of black folks being expected to address whites as "Mister John" or "Missus Ella" or "Miss Mary" simply because of the color of their skin. This is a concept that I have
Mar 14, 2010 Shadman705 rated it liked it
H.W final r.r

in this book there is a lot of racism going on and sometimes it goes around now. in this book the time was long ago. The books main charecter is mr tom bee. he is an african american. then there are the white people like john wallace and his children dewberry and turston. When tom came into the store he was talked to rudly and not obeyed and very mistreated.Why? Because he is black. HE was reffered to a nigger. Black people have to call white poeple by mr or ms. When johns children
Anna J.
Dec 01, 2013 Anna J. rated it liked it
The Friendship by Mildred D. Taylor is a story about racial discrimination in Mississippi in 1933. Written from a little girl’s perspective, this Coretta Scott King award-winning book is about a man, Mr. Tom Bee, who refused to call a white man, John by a title of “mister” and instead chose to use his first name. The African-American man called the white man John, not out of disrespect, but to remind the man of the friendship they once had before society changed John’s views. Though a short stor ...more
May 11, 2015 Alexandra rated it it was ok
Shelves: kid-lit
The Friendship
Mildred D. Taylor

**Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner

I would have to say I did not enjoy this book at all. I found it very upsetting the way the characters were treated and I did not like how it did not have a happy ending. Having read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry I was familiar with the characters in the story but I did not like how they were segregated and the way they were treated by white people. I guess I did not like the story because it brought out the harsh reality of a
Jordan Stephens
Apr 09, 2016 Jordan Stephens rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Read this out loud with a middle school student I work with. It's an easy book to get into, although I had to explain a lot of the slang the characters used in the novel. Ultimately the story and premises are straightforward with the central themes having to do with race relations.

The short length made it great for reading out loud. The pictures are great for a snapshot of what is going on in the story. The student I worked with was able to follow the story and afterwards give a great synopsis
Amy Lemley
Feb 18, 2014 Amy Lemley rated it it was amazing
I really liked this short story. My husband told me it has the same characters as a book called Roll of Thunder... but I admit that I have not read that book yet. I really liked this short story and the ending tugged at my heartstrings, especially at the depth one would go to remind one of keeping their promise at the reward of being true to one's character and moral fiber.
Edy Gies
The Friendship is a companion or part of the series that Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is part of. The way people are treated in this book is deplorable, but yet there is a spark of hope. The children are more witnesses to the events than the main character. There is a hope that Jeremy will be a better friend to the children than John was to Tom.
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Mildred Delois Taylor is a famous author, known for her children's fiction books.

She did not stay in Jackson long; the racial discrimination in the South influenced the belief of her father, Wilbert Taylor, that better opportunities awaited his family in more northern states. Thus, after her first three months of life, her family moved to Ohio after her father established a factory in Toledo, Ohio
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