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

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  78,646 ratings  ·  2,622 reviews
Winner of the Newbery Medal

A New York Times Book Review Best of Children's Books

A National Book Award Nominee


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

Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year—the year of the ni...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Puffin (first published October 1976)
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Kira
Dec 04, 2013 Kira rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Strawberries
Recommended to Kira by: A strawberry
So I just read a book (I won't even link you to it; it's not worth linking to) that changed my entire view of this book, the author, and the culture/ideals behind it. Like, in every way.

I just...

I...

Let me say one thing: this book, from the white teenage perspective I previously reviewed it from, looks like any old book. It has its good points and its bad points. Sure, it's fine here and there. But until you've had the battering-ram of true white upper-class racism smashed into your face, all th...more
melissa
Dec 04, 2013 melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...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...more
Huda
Nov 26, 2008 Huda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
Chris
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
Feb 26, 2009 stiny added it
Shelves: for-school
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.
Rebecca
America claiming to be the 'land of the free' is like me stating I'm a six foot blonde.
*midget brunette*
Beth Lewis
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...more
Lady Jaye
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...more
Alyssa
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 Thompson
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
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...more
Irishcoda
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
...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!
Sella Malin
We read this book in English. It was really good. It's so exciting and suspenseful and really keeps you on your toes and keeps your heart beating! It is set during the time of the Great Depression, and it really is sad to see the way the white people were treating the black people.
Amy
Summary: Cassie, an African American girl living in the 1930's in the South, is frustrated by the unfair treatment that she and her family receives based on the color of their skin. Cassie is much less reluctant than he parents to accept "the way things are." Internal and external struggles within this protagonist help to give the reader insight into the prejudice and the unclear line that can exist between right and wrong.

Audience: Grades 5-7, fluent readers

Uses: Read Aloud, Language Arts for...more
 (NS) Amie
I somehow missed reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor when I was younger,but am so happy I read it now. Actually, I listened to the story on my ipod after downloading it for free from Media Mail through Evanston Public Library. The story is about a young African-American girl, Cassie Logan, and her family living in the Mississippi in the 1930s. Cassie and her three brothers live with their protective mother and grandmother while their father is away working to pay off their mor...more
Wmmiller4
Jun 06, 2010 Wmmiller4 rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wmmiller4 by: My teacher forced it on me.
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Barbara Brien
I may have read this as a child in school. I distinctly remember the bus splashing the children as they walked to school. And I remembered the white boy who liked the children over the protestations of his family, who tried to make him stay away from the black children. I believe that part of this book, if not the whole book, were part of our school curriculum.

As a child, I had an aversion to books that did not end happily; even now I tend to steer clear of them. I would not have understood the...more
Emily
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Krista Lineweaver
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor was an excellent work of comtemporary realistic fiction meant for children ages 11/12 to adulthood. This novel has been awarded several awards which are the Newbery Medal (1977), George C. Stone Center for Children's Books Recognition of Merit Award (1991), Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction (2001), Coretta Scott King Award for Author Honor (1977), Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award (1979), and the...more
Robert Gilbert
My son was given this book as required reading for his schooling. After reading it myself, I released him from that requirement. This book may have won an award in the 1970s, but it has no place among my children’s generation. I grew up near Oakland, California at the time this book was winning awards and I cannot say that this book helped to fix any of the racial problems I experienced as a child. Perhaps this kind of racial hatred still exists in parts of our country, but where I live we do no...more
Literary
I must say that Mildred D. Taylor knows how to make a story come to life. I felt like I got to know the Logan family ... and I liked them.

The story is set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi so there's still hangings, race separations, white people thinking they're the better and superior race, etc. When I first began to read the book, I wondered where the story was going; wondered what the point of the book was going to be.

What I understood it to be was a brief glimpse in the difficult lives of a "...more
Hritomroy Roy
Roll of thunder hear my cry is an interesting book.Nowhere near your epic "Hunger Games" but it definitely isn't a fable you've read 1000 times . This story has had alot of thought put into it, maybe more than necessary. This story is about Cassie a typical black girl in the universe in the 1930's, who is not aware about the cruel, brutal society of unfairness and racism happening around her. The plot maybe unorganised and confusing, but brings forth an important history lesson about 80 years ag...more
Jeffrey Sosa
This fictional novel is based on the African-American struggles in Mississippi during the 1930s and portrays the particular trials faced by Cassie, the main narrator, and the Logan family. The novel’s realistic portrayal of African-American trials during this time period is moving and shocking. Through the events of the novel, Cassie learns about the society she lives in and how fortunate her family is compared to those around her. Her family owns their own land and this becomes a key theme of t...more
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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...more
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“She grabbed his arm. "Let it be, son!" she cried. "That child ain't hurt!"
"Not hurt! You look into her eyes and tell me she ain't hurt!”
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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.” 21 likes
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