Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
The novel “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” is told from the point of view, Cassie Logan, a nine year old fourth-grader. It shows the Logan’s harsh lifetime of racism and the cruelty of blacks in the South during this time period. The Logan family has to get along without their father because he has to go away to work so he could pay the mortgage of their 400 acre land. The land is mostly what they are known for and they try hard to pay for the house in order to prevent Harlan Granger from owning it. Cassie and her brothers have many encounters with the white Simms family. All the members of this family are racist except for one son, Jeremy, who wants to be friends with Cassie and her brothers. The Logan’s be-friend a slick, foolish boy named T.J Avery and his brother Claude. T.J is always seeking for cheat notes so he could pass Mama’s class instead of repeating it again. He gets Stacey in trouble and gets Mama fired from her job after his many failed attempts of cheating. He becomes friends with the oldest Simms boys and is involved in a robbery that goes wrong. At the end of the book, T.J hunted down and beaten badly by the Wallace’s. T.J is then charged with the murder he didn't do. I enjoyed reading this book because it provided me accurate information about how blacks were being treated by white folks and how they reacted. For example, when Cassie accidently bumped into Lillian Jean Simms, she apologized but then, she was harassed by Lillian Jeans father and forced to apologize again. I enjoyed how the story had an exciting climax when T.J gets beaten by the Wallace’s and also when Papa got shot while returning from is Vicksburg. When I finished this book, a load of questions filled my mind about if T.J would die, if the Logan’s would keep their land and many more. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers by the way I felt and my emotions as I was reading the book. It would most likely be a...
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