By Kid Reporter SHAWN E. GILBERT, JR., age 12

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“Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry”, by Mildred D. Taylor. IMAGE: Puffin Group Inc.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry takes place in Mississippi in 1933. This is during the Jim Crow era when schools were segregated, lynching Black people was common, and there were silly rules, such as a person of color could never suggest that a white person is lying. In this thrilling and astonishing book, Cassie Logan and her brothers: Stacey, Christopher-John and Little Man, encounter racism. For example, the white bus driver, Mr.Grimes, purposely splashes Cassie and her brothers as they walk to school. The Logan children attend a segregated one-room school called Great Faith, where the school year starts a month later than in the white school, Jefferson Davis. Great Faith does not have a school bus because the school cannot afford it.

I think that this book is a great way to show the struggle of Black people during the Jim Crow era. The historical fiction book is realistic and straightforward. I have asked some of my eighth grade classmates from the East Flatbush Community Research School what they thought of this story.

Donald Berger, age 12, says, “The book is good because it has a lot of action. Even though the book is kind of long, it still has lots of drama.” When Mark Eve, 13, was asked what he thought of the book, he said, “The author makes you feel like you are next to the characters.”

This book is the best book I have ever read!