Tuesday, April 22, 2014
"Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" by Mildred D. Taylor
Title: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Author: Mildred D. Taylor
Have I Read it Before: yes
I will never forget the first time I read this book. I was in the fifth grade and specifically picked this book because it was within my Accelerated Reading level. I remember that I struggled with it a little because the dialogue is written in such a way that is very true to how the characters would have spoken, but as this was something new to me, I really had to focus to understand the text. But despite this, I kept reading and absolutely loved the book. I vividly remember the day that I took it back the (school) library and the librarian seemed almost upset by the fact that I had enjoyed this book. I was only ten at the time, and didn't seek out why she was unhappy. To this day I have no idea what her problem was, but that moment has always stuck with me. In a way, I think it made me love the book even more because I sought out other titles by Taylor because the stubborn part of me wanted to annoy her further. While I haven't enjoyed everything I have ready by Taylor, I certainly enjoyed Let the Circle Be Unbroken and The Road to Memphis, which follow Cassie and her family.
At times, this is a difficult book. The subject matter is very serious and may not appeal to younger readers. It is definitely a book that would be well paired with some non-fiction titles covering that time in history. I did not learn about this era in school until several years after I had read the book so I didn't really comprehend the magnitude of the problems the Logans faced until much late, something that as an adult I kind of regret. As a kid, I didn't really seek out the historical elements of the books I read something I really wish I had done now that I am older and see how beneficial this could have been. I very highly recommend this book, but realize that it won't appeal to all readers. At times is is a difficult read,but I think it will a beneficial book to all that finish it.