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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Taylor, Mildred D.

(Paperback - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
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.

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Publisher: New York : Puffin Books, 2004
ISBN: 0142401129
Branch Call Number: FIC T
Characteristics: 276 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.


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Jun 28, 2014
  • violet_wolf_254 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.;)

Apr 22, 2014
  • Red_Cobra_111 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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
  • PearlJam12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • maria_23 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.


Jan 12, 2012
  • Grace_Kalman rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • lishyfishy rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

worst book ever! there was barely even a plot.

Jan 26, 2009
  • Catherine, A Danko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

:) good book . loved it! sad though... very sad :'( NOT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN , SOME MILD LANGUAGE xD

Jan 26, 2009
  • BookWorm432 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great book for kids 8 and over.
It explains the concept very well and is very interesting to read.
You really have to read this book-I recommend it!!! :)

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Feb 23, 2013
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Jan 26, 2009
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Aug 25, 2014
  • kidangel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

Feb 12, 2009
  • BookWorm432 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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“ 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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