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Book Description: In all Mildred D. Taylor's unforgettable novels she recounts "not only the
joy of growing up in a large and supportive family, but my own feelings of being faced with segregation
and bigotry." Her Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry tells the story of one
African American family, fighting to stay together and strong in the face of brutal racist attacks, illness,
poverty, and betrayal in the Deep South of the 1930s.
Nine-year-old Cassie Logan, growing up protected by her loving family, has never had reason to suspect
that any white person could consider her inferior or wish her harm. But during the course of one devastating
year when her community begins to be ripped apart by angry night riders threatening African Americans,
she and her three brothers come to understand why the land they own means so much to their Papa.
"Look out there, Cassie girl. All that belongs to you. You ain't never had to live on nobody's place but
your own and long as I live and the family survives, you'll never have to. That's important. You may not
understand that now but one day you will. Then you'll see."
Twenty-five years after it was first published, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry strikes as deep and powerful a note as ever.
Taylor's vivid portrayal of ugly racism and the poignancy of Cassie's bewilderment and gradual toughening
against social injustice and the men and women who perpetuate it, will remain with readers forever.