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The Gold Cadillac

(Logans #7)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,190 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Lois and Wilma are proud of their father
Hardcover, 4 pages
Published March 30th 1987 by Dial (first published January 1st 1987)
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The Gold Cadillac, by Mildred D. Taylor, is one of a series of works of fiction in which the author explores African-American history. Like her other books, The Gold Cadillac is told from the perspective of a young person and is a great book for younger readers. I enjoyed tis book because i like books that are made for my age group.

The book's narrator, nicknamed 'lois, lives with her family in Toledo, Ohio, around 1950. Her father's purchase of an extravagant gold Cadillac causes some family fri
***NOTE: As part of our 2020 reading challenges, my mom and I are revisiting the old works of her favorite YA author, Mildred D. Taylor, and will soon get to read All the Days Past, All the Days to Come for the very first time.***

This one would be a good option for younger readers, but I’m not sure it is actually in the Logan series. Are these the kids of Stacey/one of his brothers? We don’t hear about the Logans having family in Ohio or Detroit in the previous stories, as I recall. I will be tr
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Taylor's work particularly Song of the Trees, but this novella left me a little flat -- it doesn't have her characteristic character depth and liteary detail. It has a powerful story to tell, but the delivery doesn't have her usual depth and dimension.
Norberto Leyva
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Gold Cadillac” is part history and part of the main character’s perspective. Wilma is 10 years old and lives in Ohio. One day she sees her dad pulling into the driveway with a golden Cadillac. The dad and children were very excited about the car, but the mom was not. They were saving up for a house, and was angry he bought the car. The mother refused ride in the car. On Sunday Wilma thought her mother would give in and ride in the car on the way to church, but she does not and they end up w ...more
Corbin Billington
Family sticks together to help guide each other when they do not agree on something. In this book the African American family did just this. They stuck together, although the mother did not agree with the father's decision to buy the new car. This shows a message of courage and loyalty that the families had for each other. I recommend this book to people of all ages because the message it reveals is good for everybody to know in life. It may be easier to some, but the message it reveals is great ...more
Robyn Simmons
Nov 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Intermediate Readers
This book tells a story about two girls who live in the northern state of Ohio with their parents. The family's prize possession is their father's brand new gold cadillac. This story touches on the issue of racism, when the family travels down to rural Mississippi. The family helps each other to overcome this obstacle and return home. In the end, the family learns a major lesson about unity. This story is a great read aloud for black history month. Teachers can read this story to their students ...more
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: intermediate grades
Recommended to Cynthia by: Junko Yokota
I read this right after finishing The Watsons Go to Birmingham, and they pair very well. The Gold Cadillac is such a concise story, and Mildred Taylor is an expert at the whole "show, don't tell" way of writing. We can infer that the mother is displeased with the father's purchase of the car because of how she acts. We can feel the racism in the interaction between the police and the family. We can infer the danger the family feels by the way the father opts to switch cars before they finish the ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read "The Gold Cadillac" by Mildred D. Taylor. I thought this book was interesting because it takes place many years ago when racial segregation was going on. It is about a African American dad who buys this brand new Cadillac, then decides he is going to drive it down to Mississippi too see some relatives. He runs into some issues on his way there because of segregation. I would recommend this book to anyone 10 or above because of certain history things you would need to know in advance to un ...more
This book affords exploration of the history of segregation in America, African American traditions, racism, social justice, and more universal themes involving family.
This novella written by Mildred D Taylor has herself as the main character, as her middle name is DeLois, yet has the least depth of all her books in the Logan series. In this short story, Lois and Wilma are thrilled when their father comes home with a brand new gold Cadillac, but their mother is decidedly not happy about it. The family is saving up for a new home, and the father went out and purchased this new car without consulting her. She refuses to ride in it until they decide to drive from ...more

This book is about a boy who lived in the big house with his mom, daddy, and sisters.
They lived in a busy street.One day they decided to go hotel then when they got there
they saw the sign that says no colored people who have to enter in hotel. Later the police
took his daddy in other place and others stayed in the car, after few hours they brought
him back home.

The most thing l like about this book how they joined together and talk together as a family.

I think the people who can read this book is
Lois' father bought a gold Cadillac one day much to her mother's dismay. He decides to go on a road trip to Mississippi to visit family despite dire warnings. They soon learn how dangerous it is for a black man to own a ritzy vehicle in the Deep South. When the return to Ohio, Lois' father decides to sell the car for the sake of family peace.
Esther Soberanis
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The Gold Cadillac by Mildred .D. Taylor I picked up the book and looked at the cover. This book is about two African American girls who are proud of their father new Cadillac. As I read this novel taught of ideas of how I can use this text with students. First students will write a summary of the story. Next students will discuss what other event was going on during this time mention in the text. Finally, students will be asked to find a book to relate closely to this
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
This heroine story takes us along on the journey of Lois and Wilma's family from Ohio to the deep south back in the 50's. Their mother was against their father's purchase of the car and was skeptical of them driving it down south. Wilma and Lois was excited about the trip until they were stopped by police in the south and the journey took a scary turn. When he was taken to jail because of his car, their father begins to question his decision about the Cadillac and if putting his family in danger ...more
Never Without a Book
I wanted more. 3.5stars
Sierra Turner
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The purpose of the author writing this book is to show the readers how hard it was for black people back in those times where racism was huge. Most people get so caught up with integration that they forget how their ancestors were treated or were treating others. They also do not realize that it is still happening today. People turn around when they see something bad happening instead of noticing that there is a problem. Back in the late 1980’s life was no piece of cake for the blacks. They had ...more
Kristin Nelson
"As fine as the Cadillac had been, it had pulled us apart for awhile. Now, as ragged and noisy as that old Ford was, we all rode in it together and we were a family again."
This is a story set in 1950’s of a 10-year-old African American girl Wilma who lives with her family in Ohio. One day her father buys a golden Cadillac, and her mother is visibly upset because they were saving money to buy a house. The father wants to visit family in the South, so they set off for Mississippi in their new car, with other extended family members in other cars. As they move deeper into the segregated South, Wilma notices the “whites only” and “colors only” signs. People stare at t ...more
Maclaren Michalski
Overall, I enjoyed this book. At first when I read the summary, I didn't think I would like the book at all. But having read "Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry" which is also by Mildred D. Taylor, I thought I would give it a try. I am beyond happy that I decided to give it a try and read it! This is an incredibly powerful story about how African Americans were treated at the time, especially when they possessed nice "material" items. This story follows Lois and her family's trip to the South in her fa ...more
Wayne Walker
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is 1950, and Lois and Wilma, two African-American girls, live in Toledo, OH, with their parents, Wilbert and Dee. Several aunts and uncles live nearby. One day Daddy trades in their Mercury for a brand new gold Cadillac. However, Mother doesn’t like the new car because the family is supposed to be saving up to buy a new house, so she refuses to ride in it, even to church. She and the girls walk! However, when Daddy determines to drive the Cadillac down to Mississippi for a visit to the grandp ...more
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taylor, Mildred D. The Gold Cadillac. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc,1987. Print.

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This short story called The Gold Cadillac, It’s for Taylor, Mildred D. in 1987. The author use first person to write this story. The book have 43 pages and it is a small book. It has colorful cover but just black and white inside. On the cover, the readers can see the main character-a black girl and the gold cadillac. All the story are around them.
The story happened in a black family in
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 5th Graders & Up
Recommended to Allison by: NBMS Summer Reading List 2013
Mildred Taylor has done another beautiful job of taking a difficult situation to explain some 75-85 years after it happened and successfully explaining it in terms young folks today can understand and learn important social and historical lessons from.

Having spent a lot of time in the South as a child and having been the first generation of my family to live north of the Mason-Dixon Line, I feel as though I completely understand this story and it is one of many I have come to rely on Ms. Taylor
CIP: Two Black girls living in the North are proud of their family's beautiful new Cadillac until they take it on a visit to the South and encounter racial prejudice for the first time.

My notes: This book is about an African American family whose dad just came home with a brand new Cadillac that he traded in for a Ford. His daughters and extended family are really excited about the new purchase, but his wife refuses to accept the new car because they had a perfectly fine car and are trying to sa
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wow-books
Mildred Taylor has done it again! Taylor, the Newberry Award-winning author of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, wrote the Gold Cadillac, is an eye-opener for all ages about the racial divide that occurred in the South during the 1950s. ‘Lois and her sister Wilma are excited when their dad gets a brand new gold cadillac and tells his daughters it is theres to keep. Someone who isn’t excited about it and wants the Cadillac returned: ‘Lois and Wilma’s mother, who instead wanted that money to be used f ...more
Adam James
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
We read this short story to our 6th graders every year - I figured I'd give my "2017 Shelf" a little heft.
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Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: taylor-mildred
'Lois and Wilma live in Ohio. One day, their father brings home a brand-new golden Cadillac. Their mother is angry, and she refuses to ride in it because the money used for the car was going to be spent on a house. She continues her protest until her husband decides to visit his grandparents in Mississippi even though his brothers tell him that driving a fancy new car down South is dangerous. When 'Lois’ mother sees that he is determined to go, she says that she will go, too. 'Lois’ aunts and un ...more
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Gold Cadillac is about a story of two girls who live in Ohio, and their family makes a trip to the south in their new cadillac. However, as they get deeper into the south, the more things begin to change. The girls realize that the laws and people aren't the same in the south as they are in Ohio. In this story the young girls, Lois and Wilma, conquer discrimination and prejudice that they face in the south because of the color of their skin. Taylor does another great job of making the reader ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about two girls growing up in Ohio in the 1950s. When the family goes up to visit them they get stopped because of their race and because they think the car stolen because it's a golden Cadillac. I thought this was a good book because of the ending. The ending was sweet because even though they had a Model T Ford, Wilbert, (Father), said to "hold my head high." I thought that was inspiring because when your feeling embarrassed just hold your head high. I liked that Lois, (main chara ...more
Oct 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of an Ohio African American family from the past that own a brand new gold Cadillac. There is tension between the parents over this as the mother thinks it is extravagant as they are saving for a new house. The problem arises when they decide to visit relatives in Mississippi where motels, restaurants and water fountains are designated for whites only. The father is stopped and questioned unfairly by the police as they suspect the car is stolen because he is driving it. The children in ...more
Dejujuan Darden
This book is about an African American family during the years of civil rights. Their father has just bought a new Cadillac to drive down south with. The mother of the family is not happy about this and refuses to ride in the car. She finally gives in and the whole family heads down south in the gold Cadillac to visit their relatives. On the way down people give give them dirty looks because African Americans are not supposed to be that rich. A policeman pulls them over and accuses the father o ...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.

Many of her works are based on stories of her family t

Other books in the series

Logans (8 books)
  • The Land (Logans, #1)
  • The Well: David's Story (Logans, #2)
  • Song of the Trees (Logans, #3)
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Logans, #4)
  • Let the Circle Be Unbroken (Logans, #5)
  • The Road to Memphis (Logans, #6)
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