Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Author: Mildred D. Taylor
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This powerful novel, winner of the 1977 Newbery Medal, sheds light on the horrors of racism through the experiences of the Logan family, who are living in Missippi during the height of the Great Depression.
Cassie, the novel's narrator, and her family own land, but she doesn't realize just how significant that is for the South during that time period. Despite the horrors of nightriders and lynching, the family stays together.
The powerful truth of the past is contained within a compelling narrative anchored by a family readers root for.