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
"Vivid - complex - powerful - convincing - The novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence." (Booklist)
Tells the story of our people I'm a way that's rarely seen. Few books grasp the intricate way black people connect and how its been essential to survival. And yet makes it clear that feeling hate and anger towards white folk over what our past and very real parts of our present are obstacles to success, not the road to it
This should be required reading. I don't know why I had never read it, but I'm glad I did, and i will be encouraging people to read it and others in this series and others on this issue. It's time that we remember. It's time that we white people ask forgiveness. Well written. Well read.
Well written and engaging, but a terrible time in our country's history. We will be reading and using this novel with my 6th graders in February for our academic pentathlon. I hope the students (at their age) are able to ponder the complexities of the book and become better people in the world because of it. Thanks for writing it and sharing your family with us.
This book is an amazing book. My mom wanted me to read it years ago when I was in Junior High. I took no interest in it and never read past the first 5 pages. I ordered it on audiobook because my now junior high daughter has it on her reading list for school.
This book is amazing and I understand why it won the Newberry award and I am so pleased it is on her school reading list.
It allows a student to journey back in time when things were a lot different in this country. The characters are very relatable and the challenges they face put a realistic historical face on many African American experiences during that time.
In addition, this book transcends the years and many of the same lessons and experiences the kids endure and learn from are still applicable today. I look forward to many discussions with my daughter regarding this book.
Cassie, because she is willing to push the envelope. And Stacey because his is a loyal friend and sibling that shows a lot of growth throughout the book
Take a Step Back in History and emerge yourself into a world full of love, turmoil, injustice and perseverance.
Great reading for any Junior High Student. Should be discussed with adults
As an elementary school teacher, it is difficult to teach children about sensitive topics like racial prejudice. However, this book does an excellent job of describing all sides. It is so important for both white and black children to see good in people (Cassie and her family, Mr Jamison and Jeremy) as well as the bad (the Sim's brothers, Mr Granger and others). The book has so many teachable moments that it will be difficult to get through the novel.
Roll of thunder hear my cry was required for my reading class and I thought it would be so boring but it has been my faveorite book in a while.
This book was awesome yes it had some tough parts but my Childern loved it. They do not ride the bus so we listened on the way to school and on the way home and they were always excited to hear the next chapter. It also spoke to a time that myself and my children did not live through but my grandparents and great parents did so it has opened a lot of questions for them as well.
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