Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

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Stars: ****

This book was read for the What’s in a Name Challenge (the first one) and the Newbery Project. It won the 1977 Newbery Medal.

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.

The book was a little slow at the beginning but it didn’t take me too long to get right into it. I’m always reluctant to read Historical Fiction yet I usually end up liking it afterwards. The book was (sadly) believable. Some of the things that happened were appaling. I guess I might have thought differently if I was alive back then but now it’s seems to hard to believe that white people could be so cruel to blacks. The idea that they’re “less” of a person is so ridiculous but for some reason, that’s the way it was back then.

Reading books about how the blacks were treated always make me sad to be a person. How could I be proud of being a human when humans have done and are doing such horrible things. Sorry I’m getting off the topic of the book.

I agree with this book winning the Newbery Medal and enjoyed it. I’m glad I read it.

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