Cover of Mildred D Taylor's classic book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. A young Black girl faces forward with her arms crossed. The book cover is embossed with the Newbery Award medal.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

By Mildred D. Taylor

Recommended Age: 8 — 12
Type: Classic Books, Diversity & Inclusion, Juvenile Fiction

Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie’s story–Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.