Reviews for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry : Library Edition

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2008 #5
No bells or whistles are required in a reading of Taylor's classic Newbery Medal-winning novel about the Logan family, proud African Americans struggling to hold onto their land and independence in Jim Crow 1930s Mississippi; and Thigpen (of Carmen Sandiego fame) wisely provides none. Her voice is modulated, and her interpretations of the characters are subtle and nontheatrical. Yes, patriarch David Logan's voice is deeper and richer, and more deliberative, than impulsive young narrator Cassie's, and Little Man's determination stands in sharp contrast to white neighbor Jeremy Sim's wistfulness, but in general Thigpen lets the strength of the story speak for itself. An appended author's note, read by Mildred Taylor, tells how her father's own experiences shaped this and subsequent Logan family novels. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.