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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Puffin Modern Classics) (Logans Book 4) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Kadir Nelson (www.kadirnelson.com) is a two-time Caldecott Honor Award recipient. He has received an NAACP Image Award, a CASEY Award, the 2009 and 2014 Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the 2009 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award. Among Mr. Nelson's other awards are gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and The New Yorker. He lives in Los Angeles. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00B1FG8RW
- Publisher : Puffin Books (April 12, 2004)
- Publication date : April 12, 2004
- Language : English
- File size : 4571 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 276 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,461 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Roll of Thunder is a children's book and the narrator, Cassie Logan, is a smart, bold and resourceful 9-year-old girl. Cassie is aware of racism to some extent (she and her brothers go to a blacks-only school, after all), but her parents try their best to shield their children from it. As the plot unfolds, however, Cassie is faced with scorn, intimidation and bullying from white people; she also learns from adults about much scarier stuff like beatings and night riders. Both Cassie and the gentle reader are spared the most horrific details, but if you know a bit about this period of US history, you can easily fill the missing blanks.
Despite its bleak subject and target audience, the book never indulges in black-and-white (ahem) morality, and its portrayal of characters is far from simplistic. Even the most vile racists in the book are portrayed realistically, with plenty of attention to detail; you can tell they were not born monsters, but became monsters of their own free will. Even the ending is ambiguous, a hard-won victory that feels more like a minor respite and may yet prove futile in the long battle for equality. For a children's book, this is a surprisingly grown-up outlook. I like it and if I ever have kids I'm looking forward to reading this book with them.
I think Ms. Taylor's afterword in the book is particularly important. I will look for a printed version to include below. (I listened to the audio production.) There are too many efforts to "white wash" history in the name of political correctness, but it is *crucial* that these stories be told with all of their details, from the moderately uncomfortable to the purely horrifying. Otherwise, we are doomed to perpetuate the atrocities that endured from reconstruction through Jim Crow to civil rights disturbances to today's inequitable police violence against people of color.
We must remember. We must learn from the past. We MUST do better.
Top reviews from other countries
Set in Mississippi during the Great Depression, this must-read book has excellent storytelling and still feels extremely relevant.
The dialogue does not feel dated, and it’s theme of racism is sadly, still very much alive.
The story is told from the perspective of young Cassie Logan, a fourth-grade black girl, and it’s naïve and innocent voice encourages readers of all ages to question the nature of human cruelty and the universal subject of inequality.
I thoroughly recommend this book!