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The Road to Memphis (Logans #6)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  2,421 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
Sadistically teased by two white boys in 1940's rural Mississippi, a black youth severely injures one of the boys with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published by Dial (first published June 1st 1992)
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May 11, 2012 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Road To Memphis" by Mildred D. Taylor was a very dramatic, compelling book. This is the third novel in the series written about the Logan family and I have to say that with each sequel the story gets better and better. This book takes place in 1941, right before the outbreak of World War II. Cassie is now 17 years old and a senior in high school dreaming of going onto law school. Her older brother Stacey is working and is driving his first car. But then, a sequence of tragic events occurs, ...more
Simone Sylvester
I'm a pretty big fan of Mildred D. Taylor, with her writing style, and the subjects she writes on.
I think I've said this before in my review of 'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry', but in short I really loved this book, so I gave it a five stars.
If I were to be my usual pessimist-self I would only give it a four.
The only flaws I could find were a few continuity errors, or (in my opinion) poor development of certain characters.

What I loved about this book:

Cassie is now 17! So no more annoying compl
Nov 19, 2008 Mahrya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 10-14
Shelves: juvenilia
Taylor, Mildred. The Road to Memphis, Puffin Books, 290 pages. Fictional chapter book, historic fiction.

Description: In this sequel to the book, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Cassie Logan is nearly grown up, attending high school in Jackson and thinking about college. When her friend Moe lashes out at some white people who are tormenting him, things become dangerous for everyone in Cassie's life.

Review: Like its prequel, The Road to Memphis, does a great job of portraying the treacherous racism
Millie Taylor
Feb 05, 2016 Millie Taylor rated it it was amazing
Mildred D. Taylor has always been one of my favorite authors, ever since I was a little girl. (The fact that we shared a first name was also a bonus.)

Her first book about the Logan family, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was one of my absolute favorite books and I burned through the rest in the series, eager to see what happened to Cassie, Stacey, Christopher-John, Little Man, Jeremy, and the rest of the friends. I've always been interested in that rough time period in American history and these we
Bhavin Shah
I chose to read, The Road to Memphis, because it is the fourth installment of books in the Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry series. In this book, Moe Turner, one of Stacey's friends, beats up three white kids who taunted and embarrassed him. Stacey, Cassie, Clarence, and Little Wiggins take Moe to Memphis so he can escape to Chicago, but in the process Clarence dies. My favorite quote was when Jeremy says," You ever play that ole wind pipe I made, you think of me, hear?" This quote is quite sad, bec ...more
Nov 26, 2009 Damian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 8th-grade-ir
This book is about a 17 year old girl named Cassie Logan who is about to graduate from high school She also plant to go to college and then to law school if possible. One of her friends named Moe, is teased by white folks and Moe can't take it anymore so he uses his fists to do his talking. Word gets out about this and Cassie and her friends must get Moe to Memphis,Tennessee and to safety. This book takes place in Mississippi and Tennessee in 1937.
An external conflict in this book is that Moe h
Having now read five Logan books by Mildred Taylor, I have two favorites: Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and Road to Memphis. The first is about childhood; the second is about adolescence. While both contain a mixture of happy and tragic moments, Road to Memphis is about change and so is sadder in tone. Yet in many ways, the two books have parallels.

Like Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Road to Memphis is about family. In one of its earliest chapters, Mr. Logan returns home to see the Logan siblings ga
Pg.71. The book starts with an intense beginning showcasing the long history of racism between the white and the black people that lies in the American history. Cassie Logan,a 17 years old girl, wanting to become a lawyer. Joins forces with her friends to continue the struggle against the racism against them but that eventually led to a surprising event involving one of her friend's getting hurt.

Pg. 163. While Moe is hanging out with his friends, his white tormentors Harass him and threaten him.
Oct 24, 2011 Ramón rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This lacks the power of Taylor's earlier works on the Logan family, but is still a very good read. I like how Taylor follows the Cassie and Stacey into early adulthood, which is highlighted by the absence of the "adults" and the expansion of the world to include Jackson, Memphis, and the exotic geographies of World War II.

Taylor's story still crackles with tension as the conflicts arise between black and white in old time Mississippi, but the characters don't seem as well developed here. Though
The third book of the Logan family series, now all the kids are grown up and seeking jobs and finishing their schooling. Cassie Logan and her brothers still stay strong with the help of their family and the land that kept them undefeated from the other white landowners in Mississippi. This books was extremely good because now, Cassie and her brothers, and best friends have matured into young adults, and are more aware of the hardships that they face in this world. Even though they try to avoid i ...more
The Road to Memphis, Mildred D. Taylor
290 pages

The Road to Memphis has the most straight-forward plot of the three Mildred Taylor novels I've read. Rather than taking place over the course of a couple of years like in the other two novels, The Road to Memphis takes place in a week in which Stacey and Cassie Logan attempt to get their friend Moe Turner to Memphis, and on to safety in Chicago, after he attacks three white men who are tormenting on the street of Strawberry, Mississippi. The plot—th
Sydney Funk
Nov 21, 2016 Sydney Funk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-summaries
• The Road to Memphis chronicals the lives of the Logan family and their friends through the eyes of the oldest sister Cassie Logan a high schooler with dreams of becoming a lawyer. When a family friend has a confrontation with a white man the entire group of friends sets out to get their friend to safety.
• 4th-6th grade
• This book could be used in an upper grade English or History class
• Individual students that could benefit from this book include students that enjoy historical fiction.
• Thi
Cassie is now seventeen. It's 1941 and she's in her senior year of high school in Jackson. Again, this book is long, and although the first quarter of it covers but a single day, this story moves much more quickly and is a faster read than the previous book. Perhaps it's because a sense of urgency and emergency runs through the novel. The Logans' story makes me sick and sad and angry. Again and again we experience with these characters what it's like to be black in the South not so long ago, and ...more
Jan 19, 2013 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another story in the brilliant collection by Taylor. I just love her writing and how it captures feelings and emotions of Cassie, a now 17 year old coloured girl living in Mississippi, 1941. This story, like the others, show the unity and community between the black families and there segregation from the white people. The racism protrayed by Taylor is horrific and humiliating and at times had me gripping my seat and crying my eyes out that peeople can be so cruel to others because of the colour ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Phoenix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
taylor tells the reality of what it is like to be black and living in segregated america, during a time when a black person has the right to die equally for the white man, yet does not have the right to be alive equally. the book gives an insight into what it is like to be a black soldier during ww1 and the injustice and discrimination that is still faced by those who are fooled into thinking they are fighting for a country that is 'theirs' , yet this is clearly not what is thought by those who ...more
Cynthia Ruiz
Jan 26, 2010 Cynthia Ruiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a 17 year old girl named Cassie Logan who is about to graduate from high school. One of her friends named Moe, is always getting teased by white folks and Moe can't take it anymore so he uses his fists. Word gets out about this and Cassie and her friends must get Moe to Memphis,Tennessee and to safety. This book takes place in Mississippi and Tennessee in 1937.
Moe is missing and no one can find him. Cassie, C.J, Clayton and Stacey try to look for him. Finally,they find Moe
Seo Woo
Jul 29, 2013 Seo Woo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up, because it was the third book of my favorite series. I really loved the first book "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry", and the second book "Let the Circle Be Unbroken". This book is a historical fiction novel set in the 1941s, and Cassie is the main character. She is finishing high school, and starting to think about which college she wants to go to. However, this year turns out to be the most interesting year of Cassie's life. She falls in love with boys, and she loses lots o ...more
Tierra C
Sep 24, 2015 Tierra C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Road to Memphis is a compelling story about love and prejudice; it is also the best book I have ever read. It is the fourth book of the Logan family series. Set in rural Mississippi, 1940's, beloved and sassy Cassie Logan is all grown up. She is going back to school in Jackson, Mississippi where her older brother Stacy and his friends, Little Willie and Moe Turner live and work, with law school on her mind. The drama that goes on in this book really tests Cassie's legal knowledge? Between th ...more
Tiauna Holley
This book is a wonderful historical fiction book even though it seems like it could be a nonfiction book. This book is about a girl, Cassie, and her friend, Moe, who are graduating from school and Cassie has high hopes of going to college to be a lawyer. Until something happens with her friend Moe and now she must get him to safety in Memphis. I gave this book five stars because the book felt realistic like it could have been something that’s most likely happened to many blacks before. The books ...more
Jun 12, 2009 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favorite book of all times. Set in the time of the late 30's, Cassie Logan is finally learning how thick the racial barriers in the her hometown of Jackson Mississippi. When her friend Moe hits three white men and may have left them in critical conditions. So now Cassie,Stacey, Little Willie, and Clarence are helping Moe escaping up north where he will be safe. But the journey up there isn't easy. Not many blacks have a car. So not only do they get chased on highway by white ...more
Although not as good as Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, this book brings us back to the same characters, just at a later time in life. Once again, we are reminded of the cruelty that can happened through deep segregation and hate. Jeremy Simms comes to the rescue, proving that not all white folks are bad. I felt easily connected to the characters in Roll of Thunder, and still enjoyed their life here, but I could feel that they were less determined to change the minds of those around them ...more
Nora Meade
This book is very strong and shows a lot of power. Even though some of the characters in the book face difficulties with their color they all stay strong. I like this book a lot because i feel like i know the characters and want the characters to be in the book. This book really makes you like the protagonist and hate the antagonist. Although many parts of the book are very slow and boring it is a good book and i would highly recommend this book to anyone who want a little more adventure and fun ...more
Jun 02, 2010 Patricecassedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think Cassie, the high school senior in this book, is an amazing young woman. She wants to be a lawyer, but it's 1941 and she is African American, and there is little opportunity for her to get that kind of an education. But she doesn't get bitter--she just keeps doing her best. This book is part of Mildred Taylor's Logan family series. I recommend anything written by Mildred Taylor. Her writing makes you feel as if you are inside the minds of her characters, feeling what they are feeling and ...more
Sep 05, 2015 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mildred Taylor continues the story of the Logan family in The Road to Memphis, a gripping, well researched piece of historical fiction. Set in Mississippi at the onset of WW2, the struggles faced by Cassie and her friends are sad and bring shame to the idea that white people could treat another human being in such evil ways. Racism, punctuated with harsh language, is humiliating, making some passages difficult to read. This book is a powerful portrayal of what living in the segregated South was ...more
Betsy McGee
Aug 31, 2008 Betsy McGee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Mildred Taylor's work. I'm working on reading all of her books, which is easy since they're quick little reads (you can finish most of them in a day), but packed with emotion and powerfully disturbing images of racism.


I always wondered about what happened to Moe and Jeremy after the book ends. I always kinda imagined that Moe and Cassie would eventually end up being together and that Jeremy is killed in the war. I may be horribly mistaken, and I should probably hurry up and read
This book is a historical fiction because it deals actual events that took place (such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the segregation of the U.S. South).

I chose this book for my library because it is the third in a series that I started in 6th grade. And it really resonated with me because I grew up in the South of America which is where this story takes place. It is a wonderfully written story that deals with racism, love, family and friendship that I feel needs to be shared with children.
Once again, I had no desire to read this book when I started...strange how that happens. And yet, once I began, I couldn't put it down! I forgot how much I enjoy reading the story of Cassie and her family. The tragedy within Ms. Taylor's books is so realistic...I think to myself that times have changed...but then I find myself wondering if they HAVE changed or am I just fooling myself? I believe the fact that I ask the question provides evidence that indeed, I AM foolish and very little has chan ...more
Apr 23, 2009 Elle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I had read this last enstallment before, but I hadn't, and was so excited I read it in one night. When I started, I hoped that it might be less sad than The Circle Lies Unbroken. The Road to Memphis was sad as well, but there was a message of hope and endurance. I feel like I know the Logan family like my own, after reading so many books about them. I wish there was one more for me to read. Cassie is 17, my same age, in this book, which was neat, but made me realize even more how diffe ...more
Feb 06, 2012 withinpeace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Mildred D. Taylor's books about the Logan Family. I was eager to read the last book in the Roll of Thunder series. However, the story was a bit unrealistic and left many loose ends. I was disappointed with how the story ended because there were many questions that were left unanswered. I think Mrs. Taylor should have had one more chapter that told what the characters were up to 20 years later. Maybe she will write another book to let us know what happens to the Logan family.
May 16, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal
Excellent story of a black family in the South right before WWII. As a person from the North in a different and race, I have not fully understood the racism of blacks. This book gives a small insight into the humiliation, constant threat of danger, and the differences in qualities of life. In my opinion, the author has done a wonderful job shedding light on this great American atrocity. I highly recommend this book to anyone age 12+.
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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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