Friday, February 07, 2014

[Quick Picks] Black History Month: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Library staff share recommendations in honor of Black History Month. Click the title to find copies of materials at one of our branches. 

ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY (1976) by Mildred Taylor

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a children’s book about the Logans, a fictional African-American family living in rural Mississippi in 1933. The story is told from the point of view of 9-year-old Cassie Logan. Some of the experiences in the book are actually based upon real occurrences from Mildred Taylor’s own family stories shared over the generations. 

Taylor pens a powerful narrative chronicling the incidents that make up the lives of the family, from something as small as a family dinner, to much larger events surrounding the region, like lynch mobs. She does not shy away from the harsher aspects of this time period; the family experiences hardship and heartbreak. However, she also explores the strength that can be found in family and community through tough times. This is a great historical fiction novel for readers looking to experience, along with Cassie, the difficulties (and the joys) of what being an African-American meant in 1933 in the rural South.  --Angie, Central Library

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