Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
By Mildred D. Taylor
(Puffin, Mass Market Paperback, 9780140348934, 288pp.)
Publication Date: October 1, 1991
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Winner of the Newbery Medal
A New York Times Book Review Best of Children's Books
A National Book Award Nominee
"Taylor . . . writes not with rancor or bitterness of indignities, but with pride, strength, and respect for humanity."The New York Times Book Review
Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent yearthe year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she's blackto show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and prideno matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away.
Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including The Road to Memphis, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, The Land, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Her books have won numerous awards, among them a Newbery Medal (for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry), four Coretta Scott King Awards, and a Boston GlobeHorn Book Award. Her book The Land was awarded the L.A. Times Book Prize and the PEN Award for Children’s Literature. In 2003, Ms. Taylor was named the First Laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.
Mildred Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Toledo, she served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia for two years and then spent the next year traveling throughout the United States, working and recruiting for the Peace Corps. At the University of Colorado’s School of Journalism, she helped created a Black Studies program and taught in the program for two years. Ms. Taylor has worked as a proofreader-editor and as program coordinator for an international house and a community free school. She now devotes her time to her family, writing, and what she terms the family ranch” in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
"The vivid story of a black family whose warm ties to each other and their land give them strength to defy rural Southern racism during the Depression. . . . Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence despite the certainty of outer defeat." —Booklist (starred review)
"The strong, clear-headed Logan family . . . are drawn with quiet affection and their actions tempered with a keen sense of human fallibility."—pointer, Kirkus Reviews
"The events and setting of the powerful novel are presented with such verisimilitude and the characters are so carefully drawn that one might assume the book to be autobiographical, if the author were not so young."—The Horn Book