Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Paperback Book
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Mildred D.Taylor's much-loved classic, for readers aged 12+, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry follows a feisty African-American girl - Cassie Logan - as she grows up in Mississippi during the Great Depression and learns the shocking realities of racism.

Perfect for fans of The Help, Malorie Blackman and To Kill a Mockingbird .'Look out there, Cassie girl, all that belongs to you.'Cassie finds it difficult to understand why the farm means so much to her father.

But, as she witnesses the hatred and destruction all around her, she begins to learn the importance of standing up for your rights.The powerful and moving story of growing up during the American Depression.Mildred D.

Taylor was born is Jackson, Mississippi and is the author of several young adult novels which tackle issues of race, including: the iconic Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Let the Circle Be Unbroken and The Land.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780140371741

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A must-read for any teenager or literary child!

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Written in 1976, it features the Logan family who ae cotton farmers struggling to make a living from their cotton farm in Mississippi. Although times are so tough their father has to get a job working on the railroad so they can pay the bills, at least they own their own plot of land. What the children – and especially the central character of Cassie Logan – come to understand is why the land means so much to their father. The novel is very much a ‘coming of age’ novel which deals with racism, loyalty and justice.The message was a bit obvious but there are some well written characters. Cassie is pitched perfectly as the girl who seems forever angry at the examples of injustice she sees and simply has to speak up. My favourite character though was Little Man, the baby of the family, who gets very distressed when his few possessions look dirty.