Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Written by Mildred D. Taylor

Illustrated by David Kearney

Part of the A Puffin Book Series

Key Stage 3 General Fiction

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Synopsis

'We have no choice of what colour we're born or who our parents are or whether we're rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we're here.'

The Mississippi of the 1930s was a hard place for a black child to grow up in, but still Cassie didn't understand why farming his own land meant so much to her father. During that year, though, when the night riders were carrying hatred and destruction among her people, she learned about the great differences that divided them, and when it was worth fighting for a principle even if it brought terrible hardships.

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780141354873
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Author: Mildred D. Taylor
Illustrator: David Kearney
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: General Fiction

About Mildred D. Taylor

Mildred D. Taylor was born in Mississippi and grew up in Ohio. She worked in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps before enrolling at the School of Journalism at the University of Colorado, where she helped develop a Black Studies programme. She is best-known for her Newbery Medal winner, ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY. Mildred D. Taylor still lives in Colorado.

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