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

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  95,686 Ratings  ·  3,710 Reviews
Ever since it won the 1977 Newbery Medal, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry has engaged and affected millions of readers everywhere. This special 25th anniversary edition celebrates the timelessness of this beloved classic -- and introduces it to a new audience. Set in a small town in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this powerful, moving novel deals with issues of ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1984 by Bantam Books (first published October 1976)
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melissa
Apr 19, 2007 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 17, 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
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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Lindsay
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Alissa Patrick
What an important piece of work. You know it's worth reading when it's a Banned Book.
“Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” made the American Library Association most challenged book in 2002. Some cases where “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” was banned or challenged: **1993: A Louisiana high school removed it from its reading list because of “racial bias.”Mar 24, 2014

This book is about family and the strong ties that bind them, as well as racism in America during the Great Depression. It takes place in M
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Hanna
I really really enjoyed this book... until the end. I'm certain that it was realistic, but still! How depressing. I really disliked T.J. from the start, and didn't know what Stacey liked him. All in all, this was pretty good history-wise, (as far as I could tell) but not enjoyment-wise.
Beth Knight
Dec 02, 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
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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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
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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Diana
Wow. I read this when I was a kid but reading it now... it's a different experience. Every day I watch videos of white people, emboldened BY Trump's presidency, calling Black people niggers or telling minorities to go back where they came from... and while I was reading this, I just felt a quiet sort of rage.

Mildred Taylor has created a family that isn't the damn Cosby show. They are a simple unit, happy and content, but not unaware of what's going on around them. They are aware of the white pe
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Mississippi Library Commission
It's amazing to us that this book is forty years old. It's as powerful and relevant now as it was in 1976, perhaps even more so.
White is something just like black is something. Everybody born on this earth is something and nobody, no matter what color, is better than anybody else.
From their love of the land to their love of one another and their fellow man, the Logans are a family that you need to spend time with. Highly recommended, even if (especially if) you've read it before.
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*
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
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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Lydia
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 around.

I started reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor because it is a Newberry award-winning children’s classic. I did not expect it to hit me as hard as it did. I did not expect to love it as much as I did.

The book is narrated by Cassie, a precocious nine-year-old girl who lives with her family in the Deep South. The book begins with all t
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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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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
Chris
Apr 01, 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.
Huda
Nov 15, 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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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.
Audrey
Sep 20, 2016 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Life is a challenge for the black folks in Mississippi during the 1930s. Cassie and her brothers learn about injustice and racism as they grow up. But there is love of family and their parents teach about what is really important; to be a self respecting individual.
Lisa
Apr 18, 2017 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If empathy is one of the goals of reading, then I think this book is important for all children to read at some point in their education (probably 5th-8th grade would be most appropriate). I love how the reader draws us into the African-American experience in 1933 Mississippi. Beautifully written, and a fun book to teach.
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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Malik Djouadi
Jan 21, 2017 Malik Djouadi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لا يُعقل أن تكون هذه الرواية الرائعة كُتبت للأطفال. ولا يُعقل أن ترميني أقداري في ظرف أسبوع لقراءة عمل قان عن معاناة السود في الميسيسيبي.
لكن هذه الرواية بخلاف "عاملة المنزل" ذات طابع خاص ونكهة خاصة. أبطالها حقيقيون. وهم عائلة لوجان. الأب ديفيد والأم ماري والجدة كارولين والعم هامر والأبناء ستيسي 12 سنة و الراوية الطفلة كيسي 9 سنوات والصغيران كريستوفر جون و ليتل مان. بالإضافة إلى شخصيات أخرى كثيرة. منها الطفل تي جيه والذي يشكّل محور تحول كبير في القصة. والسيد موريسون صديق العائلة والسيد جيميسون ا
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Sincerae Smith
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a coming of age story narrated by Cassie Logan. Cassie and her family resides in Mississippi during the 1930s. Their existence is overshadowed by Jim Crow where blacks and whites live segregated lives, but all is not completely segregated. There is interaction between the races.

Cassie's family is African American and though seen as a permanent underclass because of the color of their skin, her parents teach Cassie and her brothers to have dignity and to know when
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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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Katie Donahue
Mar 10, 2016 Katie Donahue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mildred DeLois Taylor is an African-American writer known for her works exploring the struggle faced by African-American families in the Deep South.

Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi, but lived there only a short amount of time, then moved to Toledo, Ohio, where she spent most of her childhood. She now lives in Colorado with her daughter.

Many of her works are based on stories of her family t
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