Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, a Newbery Medal Winner, is a novel set in rural Mississippi, 1933. The Logan family is one of the only African-American families that own their own land in the area, and their land is a thread that ties the novel together as the family and those around face the prejudice, threats, and danger of living during the Jim Crow era of the United States’ South, and the bond, pride, and strength of family. Told through the perspective of young Cassie Logan, young adults can relate to her experiences of growing up, and empathize with the abhorrent nature in which Cassie and her family are treated. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a must-read for every young adult and older adult in the United States.  It is an emotional depiction of a defining time in United States’ history.

If you like this story, you may like the sequel, Let the Circle be Unbroken, by Mildred D. Taylor.