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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
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Jun 04, 2011

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bookshelves: group-read, library-read, middle-grade

3 1/2

A well told and moving story about racism and injustice during the Depression era, told from the perspective of a young black girl learning about the systematic bigotry for the first time through various encounters. It never felt preachy, and I felt close to tears multiple times.

Only a 3 1/2 because I felt like the characters weren't as well-developed as they might be. All the secondary characters, especially, seem either bad or good with little in the way of ambiguity.

It reminded me, in many ways, of 'To Kill a Mockingbird', but doesn't quite have the same breadth or scope. That said, it was nice to see a story from the perspective of those most effected by the plight of slavery and the years following.

Not a book I would've normally picked up on my own, but one I'm glad to have been forced to read.
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