Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Paperback)
Puffin Books, 9780140384512, 304pp.
Publication Date: November 27, 2001
With the land to hold them together, nothing can tear the Logans apart.
Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year—the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she is black—to 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 pride, for no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess soemthing no one can take away.
"[Taylor] writes not with rancor or bitterness of indignities, but with pride, strength, and respect for humanity."—The New York Times Book Review
"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
* Newbery Medal winner
* A National Book Award Nominee
* American Book Award Honor Book
* An ALA Notable Book
* A NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
* A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book
About the Author
Kadir Nelson (www.kadirnelson.com) is a two-time Caldecott Honor Award recipient. He has received an NAACP Image Award, a CASEY Award, the 2009 and 2014 Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the 2009 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award. Among Mr. Nelson's other awards are gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and The New Yorker. He lives in Los Angeles.
Praise For Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry…
"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
"This recently published special 40th anniversary edition of the Newbery-Award winning coming-of-age story features gorgeous new cover art by Kadir Nelson . . . The theme of community resistance to racism is still relevant, and the 10-year-old narrator, Cassie, is an inspirational protagonist for boys and girls of all ages.”—Ebony