I decided to read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry! by Mildred D. Taylor for the 2019 ATY Reading Challenge, prompt #31, a children’s classic I’ve never read. This book was already on my to read list, as I have a personal challenge to read through all the Newbery Honor books. I didn’t realize it was part four of a series, and not the first book. I don’t usually like to read a book in the middle of a series, but I decided to go for it anyway in this case.
This is the story of Cassie Logan. Set in Mississippi during the Depression, Cassie and her family struggle to maintain their integrity, pride and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. 9-year old Cassie is confronted with the ugly realities of racism – from being humiliated by a rude white family to witnessing the violence of the “night men”.
This book is well written. Cassie is a girl with a lot of heart and a lot of courage. I’m glad I read it, and would definitely recommend it to others.