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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
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Aug 24, 08

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult

I’m sure I read this as a kid since most of it was vaguely familiar to me. Mildred Taylor does a brilliant job of showing what life was like for blacks in the Depression-era south. She doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of fear, humiliation and helplessness that were daily parts of her protagonists’ lives. The story is told through the eyes of a 9-year-old girl who is just learning what it means to be black in this society, which makes it a good teaching tool. Reading this as an adult, I was much too aware of the fact that Taylor was using her book to give a history lesson and too often the story felt a little forced in this regard. I think that’s the only thing that kept me from giving it five stars.

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