“Cassie, there’ll be a whole lot of things you ain’t gonna wanna do but you’ll have to do in this life just so you can survive.”—Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor
Reasons to be upset with a book
😢 Your younger self is upset because you don’t remember reading this book when you were Cassie’s age
😢 You don’t want a dirty book like Lil Man, something someone treated without care
😢 You finished
Reasons to be in love with a book
😍 Mrs. Mary Logan is your mama and she reminds you of your own because she is “still considered by many of the other teachers as a disrupting maverick. Her ideas were always a bit too radical and her statements a bit too pointed.”
😍 Cassie and her siblings, her family, Uncle Hammer don’t do it because I don’t want anything to happen to you.
😍 You finished and there are more books to read in the series
There are innumerable reasons why you should read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry but I will exceed the caption if I tried to list them all. Although I skipped ahead to read this book in the series, having read The Land earlier this year has made the Logan Family feel so familiar, like my own in a way.
I even asked myself to try to remember, like Cassie, when I learned some of those hard lessons and did a bit of growing up. When Cassie’s mom told her this, I just had to sit there and absorb the totality of that truth. Those moments when we start to understand more and more about life and living.
“Baby, you had to grow up a little today. I wish…well, no matter what I wish. It happened and you have to accept the fact that in the world outside this house, things are not always as we would have them to be.”
Jeremy, if more hearts were like his. I hope I see him again and that he doesn’t allow the hard heartedness of the people in his family to change him.
But, wait, didn’t Cassie learn a few more things and teach them to Miz Lillian Jean?
Do yourself a favor, read this book and the rest of the series.