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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Puffin Teenage Fiction) Paperback – 29 Sep 1994

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (29 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140371745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140371741
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The vivid story... shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence. ("Booklist", starred review)

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I hope that young readers enjoy my book. I feel that all of my books are very interesting to all chidren. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When I was at school, studying for my GCSE's, I was forced to read this book....fortunately the book was an excellent read..and contained a very good message - that we are all the same, no matter what our skin colour and that we should not treat anyone differently because of skin colour. My appraisal goes to the author - well done!
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I think the person who wrote the review 'why was it written?' doesnt understand the book. It is not encouraging us to share the views that were held towards black people in the 1930s, in fact it is highlighting the injustice and prejedice of those views and so i dont think that it is 'repressive to black people today.' I think that this is the best book to study at GCSE and it is very interesting
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I have now read this book twice, loving it each time! I cried the first time, because I was so captured in the story and characters. I learned so much about how life was, fairness, and confusion. It made me thankful to be treated with respect. The only thing that disappointed me was that it was so short. I would have liked to read more about the Logan family. Or at least get to know them better.
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This is not my most favourite book but it does give another perspective on the struggle for civil rights. I thought it was a good contrast to To Kill a Mockingbird as the central black family does not have the obvious advantages that Scouts family does. Changes happened slowly in the South and I think this book while all narrated from a child's point of view gets this across well. We are shielded from the worst aspects of the attacks on black people. The ending is perhaps a bit saccharine.
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Review: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred D. Taylor
From it's opening, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry thrusts the reader into a world characterised by both racial hatred and oppression and a strong sense of family loyalty and strength. As we follow Cassie through her difficult and challenging childhood, we too experience a similar "coming of age" as we question why '...does it have to be...?' Papa's answer, simple as it is encapsulates our own view of the whole novel: 'All I can say, Cassie girl...is that it shouldn't be.'
The novel portrays the world of 1930's Deep South Mississippi with at times, a brutal harshness, but always with a tone that is fondly reminiscent. The 'Author's Note' that comes at the front of the novel is certainly worth reading, and helps us to locate the author within the story she is telling.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a novel that is tense, exciting and challenges our perceptions and understanding of prejudice.
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I am a parent of a 12 year old 8th grader who read all the required books that my child has to read. This book was one that I could not put down. It really gives great insight on how the people were treated during this period. It showed how "Little Man" knew he deserved better by not wanting a discarded textbook. It showed how peer pressure can do more harm than do. Mainly, when Stacey is tricked by TJ. TJ makes fun of his new clothes because he wanted them for himself and Stacey falls the trick. It shoulds how a family fought to hold onto to their land and dignity. It shows how a family can work together as one for the ultimate aim of keeping the land in the family. This is true family unity. This is a great book for child and parents alike. Parents can sit and discuss feelings about this book with their children.
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A wonderful book, and one of the first African American children's stories written. It is touching, and well written. Much of it is based on Mildred D Taylor's family stories and experiences. She aimed to portray racism and segregation in a way that was acceptable for children. She succeeded, and that style of writing brings the reality of those cruel times to shock us as adults today.
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This book is excellent for everyone aged around 8+. It reflect upon racism and other social issues without being patronising, and handles the issue in a serious way. The main character, Cassie, is also quite relatable. A great book!
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