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Let the Circle Be Unbroken (Logans #5)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  4,140 Ratings  ·  191 Reviews
The year is 1935. The young Logan family watches as their friend is charged with murder and tried by an all-white jury. A profoundly affecting novel.--Publishers Weekly. Coretta Scott King Award.
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Turtleback Books (first published 1981)
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Devon It is about a black family in the 1930's during the Civil Rights Movement and how they survive. If you are thinking about reading it, you will…moreIt is about a black family in the 1930's during the Civil Rights Movement and how they survive. If you are thinking about reading it, you will probably want to read Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry first (the first one).(less)

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Adeline Pangilinan
When I heard there was going to be another extra credit, to read “Let the Circle Be Unbroken,” I immediately pounced on it. The setting of the book takes place during the Great Depression. The protagonist, Cassie Logan, the daughter of a sharecropping family, is suffering economically and are facing many family issues.Cassie’s friend T.J. Avery is unjustly sentenced to death for attacking a white shopkeeper, her family is scared of losing their land, and certain union groups who are fighting for ...more
Audrey
Cassie and her brothers continue to grow up and learn about life's challenges. Their friend TJ is is unjustly tried by an all-white jury which brings a lot of heartache. Suzella, a cousin from New York, stays with the Logans for awhile. She is both pretty and popular and Cassie struggles with jealousy. Suzella is able to pass as a white girl and that causes trouble. In the hope that he can earn extra money, Stacey runs away from home. Instead he learns how terrible it is to work in the cane fiel ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Let the Circle Be Unbroken continues the story of the Logan family and their ordeals during the Great Depression. Definitely a classic, this book gives readers a look at an era of struggle, hard work and hope for the future.
Kathryn Douglas
Aug 18, 2008 Kathryn Douglas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book too! It goes with Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and The Road to Memphis. I think Mildred Taylor is a great author!
Jen
Feb 26, 2017 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed re-reading this childhood favorite!
LobsterQuadrille
Sep 26, 2016 LobsterQuadrille rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people reading the whole series
About 3.5 stars

Quick Age Rating Note: Even though this book is apparently for ages 10 and up, I think it may be better classified as a young adult or middle grade book. There are some scenes that can be intense and unnerving(like the scene in which Stuart and his friends set out to humiliate Suzella's father), and some small things that some parents may not want a ten-year-old to read about yet. Anyways, on to the actual review...

I really liked Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, so naturally I was
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Tom
Nov 02, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I thought it was very good because it really depicted the life of an African-American family in the 1930's. I also liked how all of the characters were strong, independent, and were able to make decisions themselves. I also liked that all of the story was woven together, leading up to one plot, then another, and another. I didn't like it so much because it hurt to see the cruelty of the white people to the African-Americans at the time.
I would definitely recommend it, b
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Hannah
Sep 12, 2007 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapterbooks
This is the book I am reading for my book report at school. It's the sequal to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. So far it's good. Well I'm past the trial, but I won't tell you the outcome. Since then life has been hard. Cousin Bud's daughter, Suzelle, coming to live with them, Cassie getting scarlet fever, and Stacey running away from home to get a job. I'm almost done with the book. I hope they find Stacey!
I finished the book, and it sort of leaves you hanging...I really liked it though.
Sadi
Mar 17, 2008 Sadi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! This book is amazing. T.J Avery faces a death sentence, which makes no sense considering what the truth is and how much sense the trial made.

Suzella is Cassie's cousin. She is also mixed blood. She comes to live with Cassie and the other Logans for a while. Ther is a lot of stuff in this book that is outstanding. Mrs. Lee Annie Lees also registers to vote. Her plan ends up backfiring, though.

Stacey and one of his friends runs away for new hope and a job and money to help his parents for th
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Danielle
Our narrator Cassie is ten and eleven in this Logan family installment. I didn't find this one any easier to read than the first. This novel is long and slow until the last 90 pages. It features a cousin with a white mama who wants to pass for white herself, an old woman sharecropper who is determined to register to vote (even though she risks her livelihood and life to do so), and talk of a union of poor farmers, both black and white.

15/60 tbr box.
Heidi
Oh how I loved this one! I can't remember any specifics because I read it a few years ago but I do remember loving it so much!
Said
Oct 22, 2013 Said rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Elaine
Jun 15, 2017 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Arthur
Mar 23, 2017 Arthur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let the Circle be Unbroken, a novel by Mildred D. Taylor, is a heartbreaking book that ventures into the dark times of segregated racism in the 1930s in America. Cassie Logan, a 10-year old girl, lives Mississippi who is forced against her will to accept and confront extreme racism. T.J Avery, one of the Logan’s family friends is convicted of murder after his two best white “friends”, R.W. and Melvin Simms, blame a murder that they had done against T.J. even though deep down they know he did not ...more
Molly Cline
Apr 05, 2015 Molly Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, 2015, series-6
This was book #5 (book 6) of the Logan series written by Ms Taylor. She didn't write in the beginning of this one this is what she wrote in the first pages of "The Land" (book #1 of the series) 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 period, for I refuse to whitewash history. The language was painful and life was painful for many Africian ...more
Gregory Johnson
Apr 09, 2012 Gregory Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let the Circle Be Unbroken is a novel that takes place in a small Mississippi town in the early 1930s, and the prejudice that black people from the community face. It leaves off where its prequel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, leaves off. Author Mildred Taylor recounts the trial TJ a friend of the Logan family, who are the main characters of the story. It specifically, it focuses on Stacey, Cassie, Little Man and Christopher. This family struggles with the changings around them and how they have ...more
Wayne S.
It is 1934, during the Great Depression, and eleven year old Cassie Logan, who was first introduced in the 1977 Newbery Medal winner Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry, lives on a farm in rural Mississippi with her father David, mother Mary, older brother Stacey, younger brothers Christopher John and Little Man, and grandmother Big Ma. Her Uncle Hammer Logan frequently visits from Chicago. The Logans’ friend, T. J., must go on trial for murder and face an all-white jury. Then Mama’s cousin Bud, who ma ...more
Kimberly OutspokenMom
The Logan family goes through hard times, trying to raise their children the correct way. T.J. Avery, Stacey's friend, is accused of murdering a white man, Jim Lee Barnett. Although he is innocent, he is tried by an all-white jury and convicted. Stacey does everything in his power to help his friend, but in the end, T.J. is sentenced to death.
A man tries to start a union to join blacks and whites together so the cotton will be sold for fair prices. The union does not succeed and the man who want
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Nick
Apr 15, 2012 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My love for the Logan Family began when I read "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry". I was really intrigued by the story. Mildred D. Taylor does a superb job of making the reader feel as though the Logan's are a part of your own family. It's so natural, and I'm glad to have continued reading their story in "Let the Circle Be Unbroken". I found this continuation of their story to be even better than the first book. Which is almost unheard of because most sequels have a bad reputation of not being as go ...more
Susan
Laura Hilenbrand takes the facts and writes a lyrical story of pain and suffering. When I described the book to a friend whose dad was a Shakespeare scholar at UVA for decades, he was reminded of this poem by WH Auden which articulates better than I how suffering such as occurred in the Japanese POW camps could somehow appear to be normal to those who endured:
Musée des Beaux Arts
W. H. Auden

About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters; how well, they understood
Its human position; how it
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Arthur
Apr 25, 2013 Arthur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let the Circle Be Unbroken caught my eye by it's prejudice and poverty. The book Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor goes back in the past how people were still in Great Depression, Segregation, and white landowners of rural Mississippi.

The Logans were poor and lived in the South of Mississippi and lived in a tenement with only there family. The mother had 4 kids to take care of because the father passed away. The mother worked all day and night just to keep the house and have some
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Daeqwan Smith
Aug 31, 2011 Daeqwan Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is about a family that struggles during segregationa and they face alot of racism.In the first book Roll of thunder,Hear my cry a boy name T.j Avery went in the store with two white boys and they stole a gun but the store owner was killed and he was convicted even though he didn't shoot the man. So T.j was sent to jail because he was found guilty just because he was black and they knew the white boys had killed the man. I liked the book because it about the everyday struggle african am ...more
Annette
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Katie Hutchison Irion
I haven't read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry for years but I still remember really enjoying the book and glad that I had read it. This book is the sequel to that Newbery Winner and like the first one, this one doesn't disappoint either. This continues the saga of the Logan family. Cassie and her brothers are still going to school but face some tough situations early on. Their good friend T.J. is convicted of murder and sentenced to death, their dad has to leave to work for the railroad again, the ...more
Brandon
Let the Circle Be Unbroken, Mildred D. Taylor
376 pages

Let the Circle Be Unbroken has a little bit of a problem. It seems to be several short, mostly unconnected stories about the Logan family pretending to be one long novel. The first section ties up the TJ Avery story from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Then the narrative alternates between accounts of Mrs. Lee Annie wanting to register to vote, a farmer's union's attempts to organize, a visit from Mama's niece Suzella, among other small subplot
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Phoenix
Sep 28, 2013 Phoenix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Growing up in a time after the civil rights movement, it is often easy for me as a black woman to take for granted the rights fought for and won by the generations before me. I think the most shocking thing about this sequel is the brutality suffered by people of colour in the struggle for claiming what is their right as citizens. The complete control that the plantation workers have over the lives of ordinary blacks, even after the abolition of slavery is shocking... with the power to turf whol ...more
Sharon Bohlen
May 29, 2016 Sharon Bohlen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My students wanted to read this sequel to find out what happened to TJ after the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. By page 100, my students were totally disinterested. I on the other hand, was captivated!

The setting is 1935-36 in Mississippi and Louisiana. This book addresses the failed attempts at establishing an integrated farmer's union, the obstacles of southern blacks to register to vote, and the sufferings of the poor sharecroppers from government attempts to regulate the farm industry.
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Haya Zahid
Sep 21, 2015 Haya Zahid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let The Circle Be Unbroken
by Mildred D. Taylor
I enjoyed his book because of how it shows the heroism, courage, and love of the time when racism was common. The Logan's strength and courage made them persevere through the rough times. 9 year old Cassie Logan the only girl of her father, David Logan, 12 year old Stacy Logan is the oldest and the leader of the group, 7 year old Christopher-john is the quietest from them all and usually tells the other children they are breaking the rules, and fi
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Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
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I cannot get enough of this series on audiobook. This is my third book about the Logan family and Let the Circle Be Unbroken does not disappoint. As far as series about black children growing up in the post civil-war south, I'm not sure there are any better (and if there are please recommend them). Cassie is just as sassy and intelligent as the little girl we first met in Roll of Thunder Here My Cry. During this book she is not entirely likable, but realistically flawed and m
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Ezenna Onuoha
Aug 17, 2015 Ezenna Onuoha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an inspirational book and as the author stated you really will be touched by this book. If you put the time an effort to read and interpret what the author is saying, the message of this book is bound to get to you. This book is a re-enactment of country segregation. The Logan family experiences much trouble and hardships but in the end... well you have to read it to find out. Other families become homeless, children are killed, and even there oldest son goes missing. New taxes com ...more
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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.

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“Poor Christopher-John had fallen into the hands of Miss. Daisy Crocker. I greatly sympathized him, but as in everything else, Christopher John tried to see the bright side in having to face such a shrew every morning. "Maybe she done changed," he said hopefully on the first day of school. However, when classes were over he was noticeably quiet.

Well?" I asked him.

He shrugged dejectedly and admitted, "She still the same.”
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