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"This dramatic sequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a powerful novel . . .capable of touching readers of any age." --The Christian Science Monitor...

Title : Let the Circle Be Unbroken
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ISBN : 9780803747487
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Let the Circle Be Unbroken Reviews

  • Adeline Pangilinan
    2019-04-08 03:44

    When I heard there was going to be another extra credit, to read “Let the Circle Be Unbroken,” I immediately pounced on it. The setting of the book takes place during the Great Depression. The protagonist, Cassie Logan, the daughter of a sharecropping family, is suffering economically and are facing many family issues.Cassie’s friend T.J. Avery is unjustly sentenced to death for attacking a white shopkeeper, her family is scared of losing their land, and certain union groups who are fighting for sharecropping rights are facing threats such as the Logan family. In addition, everyone in the family must make sacrifices either they all be together or separate, hence the title, “Let the Circle Be Unbroken.” In the end, the Logan’s learn that being a united and happy family counts more than letting their financial problems become a barrier. My favorite quote was, “‘Yes, sir,’ Stacey said, limping to meet them. ‘I done come home… and it’s the very best place to be.’ I agreed.” This quote was my favorite because it’s just like the old quote says, “There’s no place like home.” Mildred D. Taylor’s writing style is mostly written using western dialogue and puts a human element point of view to the Great Depression and the racial problems of the time. I would recommend this book to historical fiction audiences because it would give those readers a deeper understanding of their interests.

  • Audrey
    2019-04-15 03:22

    Cassie and her brothers continue to grow up and learn about life's challenges. Their friend TJ is is unjustly tried by an all-white jury which brings a lot of heartache. Suzella, a cousin from New York, stays with the Logans for awhile. She is both pretty and popular and Cassie struggles with jealousy. Suzella is able to pass as a white girl and that causes trouble. In the hope that he can earn extra money, Stacey runs away from home. Instead he learns how terrible it is to work in the cane fields and that home is the best place to be. This is a wonderful book about a loving family.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-04-10 03:23

    Let the Circle Be Unbroken continues the story of the Logan family and their ordeals during the Great Depression. Definitely a classic, this book gives readers a look at an era of struggle, hard work and hope for the future.

  • Kathryn Douglas
    2019-04-14 02:20

    I love this book too! It goes with Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and The Road to Memphis. I think Mildred Taylor is a great author!

  • Kara
    2019-04-04 06:17

    Honestly, this might even be a 4.5 star book for me (though not quite a 5 star). Taylor does an excellent job of introducing many serious historical subjects to a middle grade reader, including racism and discrimination, the Depression, sharecropping, lynching, and more. Be warned, she does use the n-word, which is sadly period accurate given that the story is set in Depression-era Mississippi; be ready to discuss this (and more other heavy issues) if you assign this book to a child.This book avoids the classic children's book trope of the absent/neglectful/dead parents, which I really appreciated. Cassie is part of a strong, loving, multi-generational family unit, and yet still manages to have adventures independently while still being part of that unit. I also liked how Taylor shows how parents can be angry at each other while still loving each other, as well as other nuances of marriage, which can be a hard concept to communicate to younger readers.This book isn't quite a 5-star read for me because I felt like Taylor dropped many issues right as they were reaching their climax, rather than fully exploring their consequences. For example (view spoiler)[ she drops the story of T.J. Avery after his appeal of death sentence is refused. The same thing happens after Stuart and his friend (all rich white boys) force Cousin Bud (which is black) to strip in front of his daughter Suzella; Bud and Suzella drive back home to New York the next day, and we never see the fall out of this humiliating episode. Similarly, the book ends right as Harlan Granger kicks Lee Annie off her land for attempting to vote. (hide spoiler)] Perhaps Taylor thought the consequences of these events were too heavy to fully explore in a children's book; but if that's the case, why introduce them in the first place at all?Constantly dropping storylines and starting new ones also gave the book an episodic, choppy feel at times. I also had trouble keeping track of all the characters, but I realize I'm jumping in the middle of the series, and this might have been remedied had I started at the beginning and read all the way through, so I don't count that against this book. These quibbles aside, this was an excellent book that I highly recommend.

  • LeonaCarstairs
    2019-04-08 07:33

    DNF at pg 94, 24% *spoilers below*Have you ever read a great book and then the sequel is just....bleh..and awful......and boring. That's me with this book. I loved the first one and this one was such a disappointment! I rarely DNF books, like NEVER. I've DNFed maybe 5 books in my life but this was just terrible.I didn't care about any of the characters and nothing interested me at all. Sure I was curious about TJ's story arc, and the trial was the only "good" part. Putting that in quotations because it wasn't good. Not at all. In fact it was heartbreaking how he was proven innocent and STILL received the death penalty based on racial prejudice. Pisses me off so much that he was proven innocent and because he was black he was still GIVEN THE DEATH SENTENCE. Ugh, that is racism. That makes me so mad. I want to go back in time and whoop these people because that is so wrong. True I never liked TJ but he did not deserve what he got.Anyway, it was a terribly disappointing sequel and I feel bad DNFing it because I don't do that. I don't DNF stuff but I couldn't help myself. It would have been torture to push through the last 300 pages.

  • Molly Cline
    2019-04-16 02:27

    This was book #5 (book 6) of the Logan series written by Ms Taylor. She didn't write in the beginning of this one this is what she wrote in the first pages of "The Land" (book #1 of the series) and it applies to this book as well... "...Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I have used language that is painful, I have chosen to use the language that was spoken during the period, for I refuse to whitewash history. The language was painful and life was painful for many Africian Americans, including my family." So if your pre-teenage child is reading this it may allow you to open up discussion to things (s)he may never have had to encounter in our society today (as far as the language). But she writes true to her words, if she had changed the language then the book wouldn't have been as Historically OR family accurate to be as good as it was!This is such a wonderful true story. Ms Taylor takes the stories she has grown up listening to from her grandparents and uncles-aunts and takes the stories her parents and uncles and aunts have told her and combine them for this story! Knowing that made it even more wonderful. This is book 6 of this series of books. There are 8 books in this 'Logan' series which many people don't realize since book #4 apparently was Ms Taylor's first book she wrote for this series. Since it won awards and she had so much more history to write she took off with it and make it into a series. Some of the books are 'novels' and others are smaller 90 page 'children's' books (looks like labeled for ages 7-11 according to Amazon) but as an adult I have loved all of the books and am looking forward to reading the last book in the series. Now with that being said... I am white and I nor any of my family have ever had to deal with what 'freed' slaves or a child from a mixed family has had to deal with. In reading this within the first few chapters my heart went out because the same emotions that was written within this book during the depression-segregating era is the same emotions that one of my friends is dealing with with her mixed race granddaughter in today's society. I couldn't believe that these emotions are still the same today! In this book the Logan children have to go to a segregated school away from the white children. This story is one of great emotions as every night the Logan family have to wait and worry if the 'night riders' will come, (she went into more detail in previous books about that issue but it's still very 'real' in this book) The Logan's dad has to travel a lot to find work to pay the mortgage on their farm; but while he's gone they get a friend that no longer has any family (due to racism) and he lives in the shed but takes care of the family throughout the book. And with the children, especially the oldest son getting to be a teenager the Mama and the children doesn't like Dad leaving. The kids still want to go do the things white folks do (like use the inside bathroom at the courthouse)but the adults have to really be with them simply because they don't know the repercussions if they do these things. In this book there is the lingering repercussions of a black friend of theirs and what he got into trouble with when he did become friends with two white boys... the older kids are allowed to go to the trial where he is put in front of a white judge and a jury of white men. The children simply doesn't understand but they try. The oldest son thinks he's old enough to leave home and bring back money for the family but again he soon learns what life is like for a black person outside his protective home. Wonderful book, personally still like the first book "The Land" the most out of this series but I love that time of our History as well...But Ms Taylor has written all these books almost as equals and I'm glad I am reading them

  • Jen
    2019-04-05 00:31

    Really enjoyed re-reading this childhood favorite!

  • LobsterQuadrille
    2019-04-03 03:22

    About 3.5 stars Quick Age Rating Note: Even though this book is apparently for ages 10 and up, I think it may be better classified as a young adult or middle grade book. There are some scenes that can be intense and unnerving(like the scene in which Stuart and his friends set out to humiliate Suzella's father), and some small things that some parents may not want a ten-year-old to read about yet. Anyways, on to the actual review... I really liked Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, so naturally I was eager to read the sequel. As a sequel, Let the Circle Be Unbroken was pretty good, but it just didn't hold my attention the way the first book did. For one thing, it doesn't feel nearly as cohesive as its predecessor. There are plenty of subplots throughout, but though most are resolved fairly well, there were a couple of plot threads that didn't lead up to much(mostly the ones to do with Joe McCalister and Jake Willis). I did like the subplot with Cousin Suzella, though. She was an interesting character, and her feeling conflicted about her mixed heritage brought another dimension to the story.Though the book does start out strong, it really dragged in places, mostly when there was extensive talking about the local economy, cotton prices, the integrated union, etc. Roll of Thunder could be slow too, but I don't recall it slowing down this much or this often. Let the Circle Be Unbroken did have a solid beginning, and the subplots with T.J. and Suzella did effectively continue the intense drama of the previous book. But the slow plot progression and overabundance of subplots(some of which don't have much of a payoff) made it less engaging for me.

  • Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
    2019-04-08 07:17

    Review below PSA. I cannot get enough of this series on audiobook. This is my third book about the Logan family and Let the Circle Be Unbroken does not disappoint. As far as series about black children growing up in the post civil-war south, I'm not sure there are any better (and if there are please recommend them). Cassie is just as sassy and intelligent as the little girl we first met in Roll of Thunder Here My Cry. During this book she is not entirely likable, but realistically flawed and more believable. This is a book about family, growing up in the segregated South and learning what is right in the face of prejudice. Honestly if you're library has this series on audiobook request it now. For this review and more check out my blog Galavanting Girl Books

  • Tom
    2019-03-27 05:24

    I really liked this book. I thought it was very good because it really depicted the life of an African-American family in the 1930's. I also liked how all of the characters were strong, independent, and were able to make decisions themselves. I also liked that all of the story was woven together, leading up to one plot, then another, and another. I didn't like it so much because it hurt to see the cruelty of the white people to the African-Americans at the time.I would definitely recommend it, but you should first read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

  • Hannah
    2019-04-18 03:32

    This is the book I am reading for my book report at school. It's the sequal to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. So far it's good. Well I'm past the trial, but I won't tell you the outcome. Since then life has been hard. Cousin Bud's daughter, Suzelle, coming to live with them, Cassie getting scarlet fever, and Stacey running away from home to get a job. I'm almost done with the book. I hope they find Stacey! I finished the book, and it sort of leaves you hanging...I really liked it though.

  • Sadi
    2019-04-24 07:25

    WOW! This book is amazing. T.J Avery faces a death sentence, which makes no sense considering what the truth is and how much sense the trial made.Suzella is Cassie's cousin. She is also mixed blood. She comes to live with Cassie and the other Logans for a while. Ther is a lot of stuff in this book that is outstanding. Mrs. Lee Annie Lees also registers to vote. Her plan ends up backfiring, though. Stacey and one of his friends runs away for new hope and a job and money to help his parents for their land. This book is so amazing! I love it!

  • Danielle
    2019-04-02 01:21

    Our narrator Cassie is ten and eleven in this Logan family installment. I didn't find this one any easier to read than the first. This novel is long and slow until the last 90 pages. It features a cousin with a white mama who wants to pass for white herself, an old woman sharecropper who is determined to register to vote (even though she risks her livelihood and life to do so), and talk of a union of poor farmers, both black and white.15/60 tbr box.

  • Heidi
    2019-04-11 06:20

    Oh how I loved this one! I can't remember any specifics because I read it a few years ago but I do remember loving it so much!

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  • Elaine
    2019-04-12 06:44

    This sequel picks up where pretty much right after "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry". Both of them tell quite powerful stories about growing up in such a racially charged environment during the 1930s. This one was "heavier", with the conviction of TJ and subsequent execution (they don't actually go into those details, thankfully), a black teenage girl getting pregnant by a no-good, trash-talking, son of a white landowner, an uncle who is having marital problems with his wife, who is white, a cousin who wrestles with being mixed race (white and black), a runaway/labor trafficking the added tension of an attempt to form a mixed-race union as sharecroppers try to gain some ground against the greedy landowners, the pressure and hard choices of not being able to earn enough money during the Depression to pay the land tax (and thus the potential of losing the land, the Logan family's main asset and advantage), the controversy of one of the black women working toward passing the test to register to vote and an outbreak of scarlet fever thrown into all this! There was a LOT going on in this book! The kids did not read this one, but it really would be a great book for middle schoolers to understand racial issues and the Depression era. It started off slow, but towards the middle it picked up. The stomach-turning scenes of how despicably most of the whites treated the blacks, the reality of every day life in such an unfair world, was difficult to read, but there was also the beautiful picture of family, faith, perseverance, and hope for a better world, woven throughout the book. It was nice to see that there were a few white characters, who tried to help and befriend their black neighbors, but even that came at a price for those characters...and it's just such a sad reality that the Logans felt they HAD to maintain the separation, despite attempts to bridge the racial divide by a couple people. Usually I like to read feel-good stories with happy endings, but even though not everything is a happy ending in these books, there's still some victories they can celebrate and there's the sense that there's hope and strength in the Logan family to carry them through.

  • Arthur
    2019-04-01 01:42

    Let the Circle be Unbroken, a novel by Mildred D. Taylor, is a heartbreaking book that ventures into the dark times of segregated racism in the 1930s in America. Cassie Logan, a 10-year old girl, lives Mississippi who is forced against her will to accept and confront extreme racism. T.J Avery, one of the Logan’s family friends is convicted of murder after his two best white “friends”, R.W. and Melvin Simms, blame a murder that they had done against T.J. even though deep down they know he did nothing. Yet agonizingly, Cassie must also handle her elder brother, Stacey, wanting to take care of the entire family alone and runs away to find work but is then sent to jail. Finally, this novel explores voting rights for blacks and women as many attempt to get their voice heard. Through tough times, Cassie must learn to thrive as much as she can in her downgraded positionI would recommend this action-packed book to all. Mildred D. Taylor explores so many irrational issues that raged during the 1930s in America including racism, voting rights, segregation, and severe poverty. This provides so many variable thoughts to come up in a reader’s mind. Personally, I for the first time deeply thought about how extreme racism have affected so many black people and families. For example, When T.J. is put to court, he is facing an all-white jury and is biased by the judge leaning toward the majority whites’ opinions. After concluding the book, it makes everybody of all races today feel fortunate that we don’t have to face the type of extreme racism that many millions had to encounter in the 1930s. To think about this for a minute truly makes one’s day more gracious and thankful. On the other hand, Mildred D. Taylor wrote this book with less detail as scenes were written on a single page. Honestly, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the prequel, was structured in a much smoother pace. Let the Circle be Unbroken almost makes me feel as if it was written in a rush. Once more, I would truly suggest this book to everyone so that we can all be gracious for the fact that we live in a country with a constitution of equal rights.

  • Pricilla J
    2019-04-16 06:45

    "Let the Circle Be Unbroken" is a sequel to " Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry" this novel is about the Logan family in Mississippi during the depression.T.J. one of the main characters punishment is approaching, Stacey runs away to find work, and the Logan children's cousin, Suzella Rankin, tries to pass herself off as a white person, but fails which leads to embarrassing consequences. This novel has a lot of ups and downs but i still enjoyed it. I would recommend this to anyone.

  • Skyler Coughlin
    2019-04-20 23:27

    It was ok i liked "roll of thunder hear my cry" beter than this one

  • Eric
    2019-04-24 00:31

    Hasted ending. Many issues left unaccounted.But the sad and bitter rang true, and the emotions were vivid.Best read together with roll of thunder hear my cry.

  • Susan Reed
    2019-04-03 23:18

    Excellent story. Excellent recounting of family history. Suspenseful, harrowing in spots.Slightly slow in middle.

  • Heather
    2019-04-25 06:38

    It was nice to see this continuation of the Logan family. Taylor is an elegant writer and portrays the time period with brutal honesty.

  • Valerie Basham
    2019-04-27 00:18

    This is the sequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. It's worth reading if only to find out what happens to T.J. Avery.

  • David King
    2019-04-13 23:41

    I am requiring my children to read these books.

  • Gregory Johnson
    2019-04-23 04:28

    Let the Circle Be Unbroken is a novel that takes place in a small Mississippi town in the early 1930s, and the prejudice that black people from the community face. It leaves off where its prequel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, leaves off. Author Mildred Taylor recounts the trial TJ a friend of the Logan family, who are the main characters of the story. It specifically, it focuses on Stacey, Cassie, Little Man and Christopher. This family struggles with the changings around them and how they have to struggle to survive as a black sharecropping family in the deep south.The novel is seen through the eyes of Cassie, a preadolescent girl who is growing up during these troubling times. The beginning of the story begins with the impending trial of TJ Avery a friend of the family. T.J. Avery, Stacey's friend, is accused of murdering a white man named Jim Lee Barnett. Although as the reader we know he is innocent, he is tried by an all-white jury and convicted. Stacey believing that T.J. is innocent, does everything he can to help him, but in the end, T.J. is still sentenced to death.As the story progresses a black man tries to start a union between black and white farmers so they could sell cotton at a fair prices. In the end the union does not succeed and the man who wanted to start it, is beaten. Mama's cousin daughter Suzella, who is describe as having a black father and a white mother now lives with the Logans. Suzella is described as being very attractive and mixed, making her the target for all the males in the town because she is technically black which makes her accessible. Suzella struggles with identity issues that put a strain on her relationships with others. She catches the eye of Stuart Walker, who is a white boy who enjoys flirting with pretty colored girls to cause trouble. When he approaches her he genuinely respects her, because he assumes she is white. The Logan family falls on hard times which take a great toll on Stacey. He believes that he must take care of his family before they lose their land so He and his best friend, Moe run away to sugarcane field to work. The family becomes very distressed looking for Stacey and contacts a white lawyer to help them contact police forces for him. 7 months later, they find Stacey several miles away, jailed in a small town in Louisiana. Both Stacey and Moe were accused of stealing which landed them in jail, and they become very ill. Before the family drives home, they stop by the house of a lady who took care of Stacey and Moe while they were in jail and thank her. They stay the night returning home in the morning where the story ends..The reason I personally choose this novel is because I have like reading memoirs about people’s life and how they deal with certain problems they face in life. Another reason is it convers my favorite subject which is black history. The most important reason is because I read Roll of thunder hear me cry which id s prequel to this story and the way that book let off it was kind of a tease because it should T.J being forced onto a changing but doesn’t tell what is next. My favorite character in this story is Stacey because he is kind of like the father figure in the Logan family and I can respect the sacrifices he made to protect them. I believe it would have been best if he had not run away from him family but instead of running away. I am not surprised by the fact that Stacey ends up attempting a way to another city to make money. I wish the author just went into a little more detail about the other people in the other story to see how other peoples lives turned out. I especially wish the ending was a lot more exciting g but it really wasn’t at all but was instead a little lackluster.

  • Wayne Walker
    2019-03-29 23:43

    It is 1934, during the Great Depression, and eleven year old Cassie Logan, who was first introduced in the 1977 Newbery Medal winner Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry, lives on a farm in rural Mississippi with her father David, mother Mary, older brother Stacey, younger brothers Christopher John and Little Man, and grandmother Big Ma. Her Uncle Hammer Logan frequently visits from Chicago. The Logans’ friend, T. J., must go on trial for murder and face an all-white jury. Then Mama’s cousin Bud, who married a white woman, brings his daughter Suzella from New York City to stay with the Logans for a while, and when she tries to pass for white there are humiliating consequences. And their neighbor, Mrs. Lee Annie decides that she wants to register to vote but faces a lot of opposition, including that from her landlord. Finally, Stacey runs away to work in the cane fields of Louisiana. Can the Logans find out where he is? And will he return home? Several people thought that Let the Circle Be Unbroken was better than Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. I read the latter and basically liked it. I didn’t care for the sequel quite as much. I didn’t think that the plot was as tight and focused. In addition to some common euphemisms (e.g., doggone, blasted), the “h” and “d” words are each used a couple of times, and the conversations seem filled with “Lord” this, “Lordy” that, and “Lord a mercy” as exclamations. The phrase “for God’s sake” also occurs. I did appreciate the fact that despite the frightening and turbulent times, the Logan family stands together and stands proud with courage, love, and understanding that enables them to face prejudice and mistreatment. The suffering of African-Americans in pre-civil rights times is a story worth telling, and Mildred Taylor tells it well. My biggest question concerns age-appropriateness. The book is recommended for ages 9-10 and up. First, I would think that the rather long chapters and some of the subject material might make it difficult to hold the attention of many nine and ten year olds. Second, there are some discussions that a lot of parents might not feel are appropriate for that age group. For example, in talking about how white men have used black women, an incident is cited where a black man was messing with a white girl giving a description of the consequences—they “cut off his privates.” At age eleven, Cassie is worried about her flat chest. A teenage girl, Jacey Peters who has been the object of Stacey’s interest, is found to be with child out of wedlock by a white boy. And there is a somewhat lengthy confrontation which includes charges of a black man bedding down a white woman. For these reasons, I would not recommend the book for anyone under at least thirteen, perhaps even sixteen. By weaving history into the storyline, Taylor generally gives the reader a good feeling for the hardships of the Depression Era. Let the Circle Be Unbroken is the fourth book, chronologically, in a five-book series that is based on stories of her family that she heard while growing up. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was written first. There are two “prequels,” The Land and Song of the Trees, and one additional sequel, The Road to Memphis.

  • Kimberly OutspokenMom
    2019-04-02 01:39

    The Logan family goes through hard times, trying to raise their children the correct way. T.J. Avery, Stacey's friend, is accused of murdering a white man, Jim Lee Barnett. Although he is innocent, he is tried by an all-white jury and convicted. Stacey does everything in his power to help his friend, but in the end, T.J. is sentenced to death.A man tries to start a union to join blacks and whites together so the cotton will be sold for fair prices. The union does not succeed and the man who wanted to start it is beaten. Some people are told that they need to pull up the acres that were already planted because they planted too much. The plantation owners lied, claiming the government ordered it, but the plantation owners did it in order to receive money that was supposed to go to the sharecroppers.Mama's cousin Bud's daughter Suzella, who has a black father and a white mother, lives with the Logans. Suzella is exonerated for being attractive and mixed, making her seem like a prize to all the males in the town because she is technically black and therefore accessible, but still has the lighter skin, hair and eyes; she can be assumed as white. Suzella struggles with identity issues that put a strain on her relationships with others. She catches the eye of Stuart Walker, a white boy who flirts with pretty colored girls to start trouble. When Stuart approaches her he genuinely respects her, assuming she is white. This takes a great toll on Stacey; he believes he must take care of his family before they lose their land. He and his best friend Moe run away to a sugarcane field to work. With the help of Mr. Jamison, a white lawyer who is kind and fair to black people, Mama, Papa and Caroline Logan (Big Ma) contact police stations in the next couple of towns. They address the letters in his name so that when the sheriffs receive the letters they will respond. Mr. Jamison says that if they see a black family name on the letters they probably will not respond. Seven months later, they find Stacey several hours away, jailed in a small town in Louisiana. Stacey and Moe were accused of stealing which put them in jail, where they became ill. While Stacey was at the cane field a poll[disambiguation needed] rolled over his foot and broke it. Before they drive home, they stop by the house of a lady who took care of Stacey and Moe while they were in jail and thank her. They stay the night there and the next morning return home.

  • Nick
    2019-04-11 03:32

    My love for the Logan Family began when I read "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry". I was really intrigued by the story. Mildred D. Taylor does a superb job of making the reader feel as though the Logan's are a part of your own family. It's so natural, and I'm glad to have continued reading their story in "Let the Circle Be Unbroken". I found this continuation of their story to be even better than the first book. Which is almost unheard of because most sequels have a bad reputation of not being as good as the original. But that was not the case for this novel. The book starts out a bit slow, but quickly heats up. TJ is going on trial for something he didn't do and has to face an all white jury. Bud shows up with news that he has married a white woman had now has a daughter with her. Their daughter Suzella live with the Logans for a while. But while there she tries to pass for being white, with humiliating consequences. And when Cassie Logan's neighbor, Mrs. Annie stands up for her right to vote, she and her family are driven from their home.I love how this novel intertwines more historical events into the storyline than the first book. The reader gets a better overall feeling for the hardships and government programs of the Depression Era, the cruel treatment of farm laborers, the fledgling agricultural labor unions, and the disparities between North and South in their treatment of Black citizens. The characters are well developed, real, and have their own uniqueness. The author does a marvelous job of weaving history into a storyline which still keeps the reader emotionally invested in the Logans and the tribulations they face in their lives. This is an excellent historical fiction novel to teach in the classroom because there are so many aspects about how life was during the Great Depression that students can get from it. This is a must read sequel to "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry".

  • Susan
    2019-04-22 06:40

    Laura Hilenbrand takes the facts and writes a lyrical story of pain and suffering. When I described the book to a friend whose dad was a Shakespeare scholar at UVA for decades, he was reminded of this poem by WH Auden which articulates better than I how suffering such as occurred in the Japanese POW camps could somehow appear to be normal to those who endured:Musée des Beaux ArtsW. H. AudenAbout suffering they were never wrong,The Old Masters; how well, they understoodIts human position; how it takes placeWhile someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waitingFor the miraculous birth, there always must beChildren who did not specially want it to happen, skatingOn a pond at the edge of the wood:They never forgotThat even the dreadful martyrdom must run its courseAnyhow in a corner, some untidy spotWhere the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horseScratches its innocent behind on a tree.In Breughel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns awayQuite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman mayHave heard the splash, the forsaken cry,But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shoneAs it had to on the white legs disappearing into the greenWater; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seenSomething amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.Louie Zamperini touched so many points and people of the 20th century that it makes the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon seem trival. Louie's mental endurance and unimaginable physical resiliance are a testament of what the human body is capable of -- both physically and emotionally and spiritually.