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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry | [Mildred D. Taylor]

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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 something no one can take away.
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Publisher's Summary

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 something no one can take away.

©2001 Mildred D. Taylor; (P)2001 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Vivid - complex - powerful - convincing - The novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence." (Booklist)

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    Cherie Harrison, TN, USA 06-12-06
    Cherie Harrison, TN, USA 06-12-06
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    "Good story"

    This is a great story about a black family's struggle in the 1930's in the Southern USA. I used the narrative (with the paperback books) in my middle school class (for 2 years now) and the students love it. Most of them have very limited knowledge of the Civil Rights struggle in America. We used the book along with speeches by JFK and ML King, Jr and segments of the Harriett Tubman story to survey slavery and civil rights in the United States. The narrarator does an excellent job telling this story. My students couldn't wait to get to the end, and then they wanted to read the next book in the Mildred Taylor collection!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Argiro Norridge, IL, United States 12-13-11
    Argiro Norridge, IL, United States 12-13-11
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    "Wrong chapters"
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    The chapters are completely off with the book. I use the audiobook for my reading class, and while the audiobook says chapter one, we were at the end of chapter 2. NOT TEACHER-FRIENDLY!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Georgia San Clemente, CA, USA 10-17-09
    Georgia San Clemente, CA, USA 10-17-09
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    "Beautiful!"

    The narrator is incredible, the story is beautiful and educational. A wonderful story which will lead to many enriching conversations about black history.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tami Fowler Olathe KS 04-05-13
    Tami Fowler Olathe KS 04-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Chapter Breaks....Just thought I'd add these"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


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    Ch1) 00:27 Ch2) 47:16 Ch3) 1:02:22, Ch4) 1:44:12 Ch5) 2:37:34 Ch6) 2:59:39 Ch7) 3:38:12 Ch8) 4:29:05 Ch9) 5:06:07 Ch10) 5:40:51 Ch11) 6:17:30 Ch12) 6:41:24

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura AUBURN, WA, United States 05-28-13
    Laura AUBURN, WA, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing story made even more amazing by the narrat"

    This was one of our read aloud stories for home school this year. It's an incredible story, but the narrator delivers the lines with such flawlessness you cannot help but be swept away. We have an array of five children adopted from several ethnicities and this novel provided many, many hours of conversation and exploration. A MUST READ (or listen to) !

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    Sara Saint Paul, MN, United States 04-17-13
    Sara Saint Paul, MN, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2008

    I am a middle school reading teacher who loves to show students the wonder and joy of reading.

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    "Super Story Should Have Read as a Student"
    What made the experience of listening to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry the most enjoyable?

    This was such a great story. It was authentic and gave so much insight into what was going on during this time period in the US.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?

    When the kids took action against the bus of white students.


    What does Lynne Thigpen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a wonderful job capturing the sense of the time and each characters personalities.


    If you could take any character from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mama - she had soul, strength and attitude. What a courageous lady.


    Any additional comments?

    I never read this book as a student growing up. I passed it over for years as a teacher but boy am I glad I read. I have already recommended it to students.

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    Mary 02-19-13
    Mary 02-19-13
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    "Mother and Daughter (6th grade) loved it"
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    We both enjoyed Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry a lot. My daughter was sick and missed a week of school and listening to a good book really helped her pass the time. The characters are well developed and the story certainly gave us a lot to talk about. There were lots of plot lines that opened up various discussion topics. Thanks Audible for continuing to carry the classics - we love them.

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    K. WEBB Missouri, USA 05-14-12
    K. WEBB Missouri, USA 05-14-12
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    "Great, but doesn't follow chapters in book!!!"
    What did you like best about Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry? What did you like least?

    Loved the narrating! Hated the fact that the chapters are lumped together making it near impossible to follow along with book in hand. Chapter 1 in audible is 3 book chapters combined!!!! You should be able to find and listen to one chapter from the book easily!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters


    What does Lynne Thigpen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She made it easier for me to understand the book and the dialiac.


    Was Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Please correct the download, so that it is broken down chapter by chapter with the book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer fort meade, MD, United States 04-17-12
    Amazon Customer fort meade, MD, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011

    book diva

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    "loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry the most enjoyable?

    i read this book back in the 7th grade and i just thought it was a good book until i reread it now, So deep i love this book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the little girl i cant think of her name but she was so sassy !


    What does Lynne Thigpen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    not sure


    Who was the most memorable character of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and why?

    all of them were memorable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    12-27-11
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    "Once you start, it's hard to put down."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the story and it's characters. It reminded me of the stories that my parents shared with my brother & I of the struggles to survive in rural Alabama in the 1920's & 30's.


    What does Lynne Thigpen bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator gave the story extra depth. It was a very rich and warm experience.


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