Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Publisher: Puffin

It’s 1933 in Mississippi. Cassie Logan lives in a loving, supportive family. Throughout her childhood she has been aware of the casual insults, routine humiliation and discrimination that are aimed at her and other black families. But it’s only now she’s getting older that she can feel the fear that dominates every decision the family makes.

When tensions in the area escalate, and her family stand to lose their home, her father must find a way to fight back without using the violence that would get him hanged.

Almost 70 years after slavery was abolished in the USA, prejudice and segregation still blighted the lives of many black people. In this remarkable book, readers will get just a taste of lives lived in the shadow of racism so extreme that lynching and burning perpetrated by white people on black were rarely challenged.

Cassie and her family are fiercely courageous, intelligent and determined but are forced to temper their ambitions because of the constant threat from ‘white people who have to believe they are better than black people to make themselves feel big’.

This classic, compelling story is as important and relevant today as when it was first published.

Contains racist and offensive language in the context of the time period.

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