The Road to Memphis
The Road to Memphis

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Annotation: Sadistically teased by two white boys in 1940's rural Mississippi, a black youth severely injures one of the boys with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.
Catalog Number: #127904
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 290 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-10-199755-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-95258-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-10-199755-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-95258-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 92006051
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
The saga of the Logans continues in this sprawling, meaty novel. Cassie, who is finishing high school and planning to go to college, meets a handsome lawyer from Memphis; the war in Europe looms; and an ugly racial incident threatens the Logans and their neighbors, forcing Jeremy Simms to take a stand at last.
Publishers Weekly
The Newbery Medalist's third powerful entry in the Logan family saga concerns 17-year-old Cassie's involvement in civil rights. Ages 10-14. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-- Taylor continues the saga of the Logan family ( Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Dial, 1976). The setting is Mississippi in 1941, and although the impending war has created some new job opportunities for blacks, discrimination and blatant racism still abound. The focus is on Cassie, now 17, her brother Stacey, and their friends, who are confronted and often humiliated by the white people they encounter. In one pivotal scene, a young man who defends himself after merciless taunting realizes he must leave Mississippi rather than face an unfair ``justice'' system. During that escape to Memphis, the friends face even more racist situations. Indeed, instances of white oppression and prejudice permeate the book, making it more stark than the earlier titles that emphasized family strength and unity in addition to exposing racism. Side plots involving the pregnancy of one friend, as well as the illness and death of another, add another element to the story but do not flow smoothly into the narrative. Taylor conveys the harsh realities of the time, as well as strong-willed Cassie's realization that as an adult she will have to make her own decisions and fight her own battles. Cassie's dream of becoming a lawyer and the looming war raise related questions regarding the white-controlled legal system and the injustice of fighting a war that sustains the status-quo, questions that have no easy answers. This is a dramatic, painful book, but it's more of a string of events than a narrative with strong characterizations. --Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Public Library
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Word Count: 82,966
Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 12.0 / quiz: 5953 / grade: Upper Grades
Lexile: 670L
Guided Reading Level: X
Fountas & Pinnell: X

A stunning repackage of a companion to Mildred D. Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, with cover art by two-time Caldecott Honor Award winner Kadir Nelson!

As America hovers on the brink of war, seventeen year-old Cassie Logan fights a battle closer to home. She dreams of college and law school. But no amount of schooling can prepare her for the violent explosion that takes place when her friend Moe lashes out at his white tormentors--an action unheard of in Mississippi as the country prepares for World War II. Moe will be in even greater danger if he stays in town, so it is up to Cassie, her brother, and their friends to accompany Moe on the road to Memphis--and to safety.


"Cassie recounts harrowing events during late 1941. An engrossing picture of fine young people endeavoring to find the right way in a world that persistently wrongs them."—Kirkus Reviews

"An enlightening, moving novel."—Publishers Weekly


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