What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that with lyrical, compelling prose, the story builds to a fiery climax, but it's sometimes sidetracked by long sections of background information.
What's the story?
Nightriders, arson, lynching--in the course of one turbulent year, 9-year-old Cassie Logan's family is traumatized by inequality and racism in their small Mississippi town. Yet the novel effectively conveys, even in the midst of violence and hatred, the importance of family loyalty, as well as pride in the face of adversity.
Is it any good?
Readers will share Cassie's outrage and cheer her courage. Even though she uncovers some pretty scary things, readers will be comforted knowing that she belongs to a strong and supportive family. It's this loyalty, love, and intense pride that enable the Logans to endure in the racist culture of 1930s Mississippi.
Mildred D. Taylor doesn't pull any punches as she describes terrorism by nightriders, burnings and near lynchings. This book should be read with, or introduced by, a parent or teacher, both for the disturbing content and for help with undefined references, such as sharecropping and Reconstruction. ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY is the best kind of historical fiction, in which powerful lessons from the past are encased in such an absorbing story with such compelling characters that children don't feel like they're "studying" history at all.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about injustice.
In what ways does the community try to keep Cassie's family and others like them in check?
Why is land so important to them?