Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry book

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry book

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Item #: 003280
ISBN: 9780140384512
Grades: 5-10

Product Description:

Written from the viewpoint of a nine-year old black child in Mississippi in the depression-era of the 1930's, this book touches on the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and honor in the face of indignity. The young daughter of a sharecropper is determined to maintain her dignity as she faces the pressures and prejudices of the Depression Era in the South.

Publisher Description:

Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie’s story—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.

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Each guide begins with a short author biography and a book summary. A pre-reading exercise gives students the opportunity to think about the theme outside the context of the story. Then, multiple assignments for each section of the book allow students to analyze the story elements in different ways. Some reading responses include drawing pictures or writing in the form of narrative, informative, or opinion. The close reading exercises have students reread a specific part of a chapter before answering questions so they can use textual evidence in their response. Graphic organizers are used throughout to keep the students engaged.

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Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Trade Paper
Anniversary, Illustrated
10 to 13
Newbery Medal ( WON AWARD ) 1977 ; Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ( NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD ) 1977 ; Young Reader's Choice Award (
Mildred D. Taylor
Softcover Book
Brand Name
0.45 (lbs.)
7.75" x 5.25" x 0.75"
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beautiful writing, intense and important story
This is a wonderful novel. Not only is the story gripping, but the writing is full of imagery, figurative language, and subtle humor. The story is intense, but the characters keep up hope throughout. This is one of those refreshing children's book where adults are portrayed not as clueless but as wise mentors; Cassie's close relationships with her parents, grandmother, and an older family friend are beautifully depicted. Note: While the description here says the book is about the daughter of a sharecropper, this is untrue. The central premise of the story is that the family are NOT sharecroppers, and this is what makes them different from others in their community. They own their own land and are striving to keep it despite all odds.
April 25, 2017

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