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The Road to Memphis (Logans #6)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,246 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
As America hovers on the brink of World War II, Cassie Logan fights a battle closer to home--the battle of black against white.

The third book in the powerfully written Logan family saga finds the 17-year-old Cassie Logan dreaming of college and law school. But no amount of schooling can prepare her for the violent explosion that takes place when her friend Moe lashes out a
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Puffin
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May 11, 2012 Nick rated it it was amazing
"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
Millie Taylor
Feb 25, 2016 Millie Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 26, 2009 Damian rated it really liked it
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
Bhavin Shah
May 18, 2013 Bhavin Shah rated it liked it
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 19, 2008 Mahrya rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 18, 2014 Phoenix rated it really liked it
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
Tiauna Holley
Apr 30, 2015 Tiauna Holley rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 05, 2015 Cynthia rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 22, 2012 NebraskaIcebergs rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 05, 2013 Clarkhou rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 02, 2013 Brandon rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 24, 2011 Ramón rated it liked it
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
Jan 19, 2013 Grace rated it it was amazing
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
Tierra C
Oct 30, 2015 Tierra C rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 04, 2013 Seo Woo rated it it was amazing
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
The view of the South in the 1940s is absolutely devastating. I was so mad, I would have punched the kid a whole lot sooner, and their problems don't stop there! Kind of slow getting started with too many conversations on the "Hi, how are you?" "Fine" level.
Mar 19, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
My favorite of Mildred Taylor's books is Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, but this book was good. I love Taylor's style of writing and her characters. No spoilers, but I've got to say that the ending was bittersweet. I'm happy to know that there is one more book following this one.
Nov 13, 2015 Veronica added it
Shelves: historical
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.
Jenny Fribbins
Feb 25, 2015 Jenny Fribbins rated it really liked it
Better than the second one. It was actually quite emotional and I'm a little distraught that there are no more books in the series and therefore I never get to find out whether Cassie ever actually makes it in the world!
Cassie recounts harrowing events during late 1941. An engrossing picture of fine young people endeavoring to find the right way in a world that persistently wrongs them." --Kirkus Reviews
Jul 03, 2009 Victoria rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 23, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
This whole series is amazing. Why it's not published in a complete volume with new covers, I do not know, because it deserves to be continually promoted and read.
Claire Soh
Apr 13, 2016 Claire Soh rated it really liked it
The first half was a little draggy (to me, at least), but the second half quickly picked up and turned the entire book around!
Apr 10, 2014 Natalie rated it it was amazing
this book is amazing for readers who are white back spanish idia packastack ect but its an amazing book to read.
Margarida Yo
Apr 29, 2015 Margarida Yo marked it as to-read
This was a very good book I have to say.
and I wasn't a very big fan of Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry.
Jan 20, 2009 Sam rated it really liked it
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
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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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