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Let the Circle Be Unbroken


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ISBN13: 9780140348927
ISBN10: 0140348921
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The year is 1935. The young Logan family watches as their friend is charged with murder and tried by an all-white jury. Recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award.


"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


"A profoundly affecting novel." Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Mildred D. Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Toledo, she spent two years in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps teaching English and history. As a member of the Black Student Alliance, at the University of Colorado, she worked with students and university officials in structuring a Black Studies program at the university. Upon receiving her master's degree, she worked in the Black Education Program as study skills coordinator. She currently lives in Colorado.

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Home School Book Review, June 28, 2013 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
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.
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This Book was very fascinating. It was very sad and funny at times, but this story is very deep and passionate. This story gives children the opportunity to adapt to the perspectives of how other cultures are. This book helps children understand how people of different color were treated during the Great Depression. It explain the problems of racism, culture, and the challenges they had to face at that time. It talked about family and how having pride and independence was one of the most important things. It showed that sometimes trying to survive in the world you will accomplish challanges, but you will also have to face losses
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Product Details

Taylor, Mildred D.
Puffin Books
New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Ethnic - African American
Southern states
African Americans
Mississippi Fiction.
People & Places - United States - African-American
People & Places - United States
Children s-General
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series Volume:
no. 167
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Grade Level:
from 5 up to AND UP
7.14x4.37x.86 in. .48 lbs.
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