2016 is the 40th anniversary of the publication of Mildred D Taylor's 'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry'.
Aimed at children aged 12+, this is the story of Cassie Logan, an African-American girl, as she grows up in Mississippi during the Great Depression. The book doesn't shy away from exploring the prejudice of the time and Mildren D. Taylor based much of her writing in this, and her other books about the Logan family, on the experiences of her own family which they shared with her while she was growing up.
'Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry' won the Newbery Medal in 1977.
This is a very moving and powerful book. I have used sections of the book as the basis of discussion sessions and as a stimulus for writing in role. Although not a title I have used as a complete text with a primary class, every teacher knows their own children and might find this to be the perfect book for their needs. It certainly offers huge potential for exploring- and as a story in its own right.
Whether you use this in school or not, it is certainly a book which I would recommend as a compelling read. Read it- and let us know what you think!