Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2016]
Edition: 40th Anniversary Special Edition.
Copyright Date: ©1976
ISBN: 9781101993880
Branch Call Number: JF TAYLOR
Characteristics: 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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DBRL_KrisA May 29, 2019

First published in 1976, this book was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1977. I would have been 9-10 years old at the time, but (like I mentioned in a previous review) I didn't read a lot of kids' literature when I was a kid, so I'm just now getting to this one.

A well-written account of what it was like to grow up as an African American in the Deep South in the years between the World Wars, the story is highly accessible for middle grade students. It doesn't go into a lot of gory detail, but makes clear the kinds of physical attacks and other abuses that happened to black women and men (and children).

Events in the book build up to a point where it seems there can be no positive outcome for the narrator and her family. The resolution did seem a bit contrived, with most of the characters surviving (nearly) unscathed, but again, the author does drive home the very real struggle faced by blacks through most of the 20th century.

Apr 09, 2018

This is a classic story of injustice caused by racial tensions during the Jim Crow era. A very good story that brings the reader right into this family unit and strongly encourages empathy. This would be a great book to read along and discuss with kids.

Book09 Jun 28, 2014

I thought Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, was a great book. This book really goes into detail about how it really was back then and how people treated other people. I have read many books on the topic of segregation and slavery, but there was just something about this book that really made me feel like I was in the book, like I was the main character (Cassie). I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

Jun 11, 2014

I absolutly love this book. To see what colored people had to go through and in some places are still going through it is just amazing and horrible at the same time i cant wait tell i finish the book but at the same time i wish it would keep going forever. I hope when you read it you feel the same.;)

Red_Cobra_111 Apr 22, 2014

this book is both interesting and scary. it shows you what time was like back when that was segregation.

Feb 25, 2013

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Is a good book and a good read. It takes place after the reconstruction period, in Mississippi. The book is about a family of African Americans trying to survive in the highly racist and segregated South, while doing what ever they can to hold on to their land. I recommend this book for no grade lower than 5th because it does touch on some very sensitive topics of racism and does use the “N” word quite a few times. So I do caution parents, but I also feel it is something everyone should read at some point in their life. It teaches how hard life was for African American during this time period.

Feb 23, 2013

this is a great book. some parts are super sad but all in all very good. its a pretty descriptive book with some vulgar language. but i loved it anyway!

Apr 26, 2012


Grace_Kalman Jan 12, 2012

I'm not saying that no one will like this book, only that I didn't. The writing left nothing to be desired, but the story was rather bland. A good book to learn about the time period, but not something I'd recommend for pleasure reading.

Jan 07, 2012

worst book ever! there was barely even a plot.

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kidangel Aug 25, 2014

Roll of thunder,Hear my cry by Mildred D. Taylor is about ones family struggle in Mississippi. back in a time where it was ran by racism and social injustice, they struggle to keep their integrity and pride.Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.

Feb 25, 2013

This story is told from the perspective on the 9 year old Cassie Logan, one of the main characters in the book. The book takes place in Mississippi right after the reconstruction period. This book shows a strong family and how even through the rough times they fight for each other and their land.

Jan 26, 2009

The Logan family will never lose their land even though they are treated with extreme cruelty and have to persevere through very tough times. Cassie and her brothers are constantly harassed and made fun of by people who can only see the color of their skin. The plot line begins to thicken when they dig a ditch in a red, dirt road, causing a bus to break down. From there, Cassie, the naive main character, takes a trip to the nearby town and her eyes are opened to reality. She is treated openly with contempt and disrespect. Elsewhere, there are severe problems of racial injustice. The Wallace's, a local white family, burn and kill an African-American man. The Logan family calls for neighbors and sharecroppers to boycott the Wallace store and shop elsewhere. Stacey, fights his friend T.J. because he is sick of his cheating ways. Mama has told her children not to visit the Wallace store and is extremely upset. Part of the boycott is also to prevent African-American children from going to the Wallace store where they are taken advantage of and taught bad habits. Many families have no place else to shop so they are put in a hard position. The Logan's run a supply train back and forth from Vicksburg in an effort to help the families obtain goods. Mr. Jamison, a sympathetic white lawyer, backs their credit.

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Feb 25, 2013

“ We keep doing what we gotta, and we don’t give up.”

“Roll of thunder
hear my cry
Over the water
bye and bye
Ole man comin’
down the line
Whip in hand to
beat me down
But I ain’t
gonna let him
Turn me ‘round”


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