Paperback(Novella; Reprint)

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Another powerful story in the Logan Family Saga and companion to Mildred D. Taylor's Newbery Award-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Cassie Logan and her brothers have been warned never to go to the Wallace store. 

So they know to expect trouble there. What they don’t expect is to hear Mr. Tom Bee, an elderly black man, daring to call the white storekeeper by his first name. The year is 1933, the place is Mississippi, and any child knows that some things just aren’t done. Can a shared past between the two men make a difference?

"A powerful story…Readers will be haunted by its drama and emotion long after they have closed the book."—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140389647
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/28/1998
Series: Logan Family Series
Edition description: Novella; Reprint
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 168,379
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.22(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including The Road to MemphisLet the Circle Be UnbrokenThe LandThe Well, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Her books have won numerous awards, among them a Newbery Medal (for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry), four Coretta Scott King Awards, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Her book The Land was awarded the L.A. Times Book Prize and the PEN Award for Children's Literature. In 2003, Ms. Taylor was named the First Laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature. Ms. Taylor now devotes her time to her family, writing, and what she terms "the family ranch" in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

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GI142984 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book begins in a old country store where girl names Cassie and her brother are sent to get some medicine for a neighbor. The store owners give the kids a hard time and even insults her little brother. On their way out they run into Mr. Bee a friend of theirs and he tells them to wait while he runs in and get a couple items so he can join them on their walk back. Mr. Bee addresses Mr. Wallace the store owner by his Christian name John, which is not acceptable from African Americans at the time. Mr. Wallace¿s sons who work there verbally state their opinion on the matter but Mr. Wallace serves Mr. Bee and tells him to get on his way. Mr. Bee and Mr. Wallace had an agreement a long time ago when Mr. Wallace was little and Mr. Bee saved his life, Twice. Mr. Wallace told Mr. Bee he could always call him John, but now that time passed things changed. Mr. Wallace and the kids return to the store later to get a couple more things and things then get violent. Not to ruin the book, this book just shows that judgment plays a strong role on individuals. Even though Mr. Bee saved Mr. Wallace¿s life, Mr. Wallace doesn¿t want people to know that he respects a man of a different race and instead betrays Mr. Bee. This book touches so many topics on race and friendship. I liked the book¿s message and the pencil illustrations were great. This book puts you in a place in time when these events actually did happen in real life. I enjoy Mildred Taylor¿s book, they are great. In the classroom students could discuss what the message of the book. This could also be great beginner on studying the author Mildred Taylor and following with some of her other books.
ovistine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a short work that could easily be a missing scene from "Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry," although the events in it are so heartstopping that it can be tough to believe that Cassie Logan wouldn't have referenced them when similar events came up in that book (or its sequel, "Let The Circle Be Unbroken". Mildred Taylor is not one to pull punches, and I have no trouble believing that something very much like this story happened more than once in the 1930s South.
mathqueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having never read any of Mildred Taylor¿s work, (I am embarrassed to say), I was AMAZED by the depth of social and cultural issues she was able to convey in 53 pages! The story takes place during one short afternoon. What can happen in one short afternoon? I was very skeptical, and assumed I would use this book in middle elementary classrooms, and it would be a very basic look at African-American life. I could not have more wrong! This book portrays a struggle between African-Americans and whites for the respect they both think they are entitled to and the lengths they will go to get it. It also demonstrates the pride both men feel for their race. This series of unfortunate events is a mirror image of hundreds of encounters between blacks and whites as they struggle throughout history. Library Implications: This book is a great example of historical fiction for middle elementary school children; however its applications reach far beyond a good story. This book would be an excellent way to bring social studies, literature circles and the librarian all together. Because of its combination of short length and depth of information, older students can spend a small amount of time reading and still get a wealth of information that can be used for discussion groups and literature circles. This book also focuses on social interaction and the role segregation plays in the lives of African-Americans. This could launch a discussion on the question of segregation and if it still exists today, and if African-Americans are the only group to experience this type of degradation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
another great book for children to read and understand the way things work in the past. the way white and black children and to learn to deceifer the way things were versus their own feelings. very challenging but also another great benefit to the logan saga. i'd recommend this book to any child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was one of the deepest and most original books I have read in a long time. The characters are described in such great detail that you feel as if you can relate to each and everyone of them in some way. Though some people may find this book inappropriate due to the language used or situations, the author is simply trying to make this as accurate as possible as to what life was like in the 1930's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While reading this book with my 9 year old daughter, I came across the word nigger. I was shocked that her school would let a 4th grader read this book. I do feel American History should be taught at some point in our lives, but I didn't think it was appropriate at this age level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
well, when I read this book in my school I was suprised by the way the book ended, I mean who would have known that John Wallace shot Mr. Tom Bee and I can't believe that Mr. Tom Bee survived after being that old and get shot and still live I thought this book blew me away. So all I want to say is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can see this book implemented within a classroom curriculum; History and English would be the easiest to integrate, while others would need some extra thought. The characters are real to the time period that the reader can visualize them as the dust brushes by. Even today there are friendships that are but to the test because of peer pressure and racism, which some if not all of today¿s children can relate. The book does lead itself to be thought of as ¿open ended,¿ so I would have my students become active in their reading as they would write a continuance of the happens after the book has ended. Then a good way to end this unit would be to piece all of the students¿ works into one script and perform the whole project (book + added material). This book does open the eyes of other children that might not see how some comments affect other people. Good or bad. If there are any comments or other ideas to implement this into a classroom please email me. Please place 'B&NFriendship' in subject!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story was fun to read. I read it in school.