Mississippi Bridge

Mississippi Bridge


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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.

A day of conflict and tragedy.

Cassie Logan and her brothers watch as the weekly bus from Jackson comes splashing through a heavy rainstorm—they are there to see their grandmother off on a trip. One by one, the passengers board the bus. But this is Mississippi in the 1930s, so when several white passengers arrive at the last minute, the driver roughly orders the black passengers off the bus, including Cassie’s grandmother. Then, disaster strikes in the rain, and the children witness a shocking end to the day’s drama.

"Taylor, a powerful storyteller, again combines authentic incidents to create a taut plot...Her cry for justice always rings true."—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553159929
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/28/1992
Series: Logan Family Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 62
Sales rank: 263,163
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 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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Mississippi Bridge 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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btivis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mildred Taylor wanted to show people the injustice that African Americans faced during the days of the Great Depression. The story is told from the eyes of Jeremy, a young white boy, whose father runs the local store. Jeremy sees how his father mistreats these people when they are in his store and doesn't understand his negative attitude towards them. He wants to be friends with them, and wants them to be treated like the white people. But he doesn't only get to see his father's negative attitude, he sees how the black community deals with this as well. While some just go on about their business ans accept it, others fight and are angry about it. The story ends with one of the most mistreated black men in the story performing a very heroic act for the white people.I thought this book was difficult to read. The dialect that was used made it hard to speed read through it. When it came to the end, I felt it summed it up too quickly and then the story just stopped. I know you can make your own assumptions, but it still didn't have the flow it needed to lead you to an ending. I would not recommend this book to be read again.If I had to use this book in my room, I would use it when discussing Civil Rights and the injustice that was experienced by so many people. You can also use it to show children not to group people together based solely on their race. Just because the members of a race feel a certain way does not mean they all do.
CTieyah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This short story is about a young white boy named Jeremy who observes how black people are treated in a single day, back in the 1930s. He sees black people as just people like him, but his father sees them as much lower than whites. Jeremy sits in front of a store, also where the bus comes to pick up passengers, and tries to talk to his friends (Josias, and the Logan family) but they have anger toward him because he is white and most white people treat them badly. When all the blacks are kicked off the bus because there isn¿t enough room, and the bus ends up driving off a bridge into high waters, Jeremy is left wondering why the events of that day happened the way they did.I thought this book was kind of difficult to read. I mean, I couldn¿t just brush my eyes across the page and understand the sentence, as with most books, because of the dialect it was written in. I know it adds more ¿realness¿ to the story when it is written in the same language and slang that was used in that time period, but I¿m just saying it took me a little longer to read each sentence than usual; it didn¿t flow I guess. Other than that, I liked the story. It leaves you wondering about why things happen the way they do, like Jeremy. There seem to be a few different messages in here. You could look at it as karma in that white people treated blacks badly and so something bad happened to them. Another way (in considering the innocent four year-old that was on the bus) is how people shouldn¿t discriminate or be prejudice against an entire race because color of skin does not determine character or personal beliefs. Some may believe the bus driver deserved what came to him, but no one can say that little girl did. The same goes toward Jeremy; Josias and the others that have been mistreated by white people shouldn¿t have anger toward the whole white race because there are some like Jeremy, who do not believe the same way or treat black people as a lower species. The ending seemed very blunt, kind of like a punch in the face. It wasn¿t expected and made me sit back and think about what just happened. By the way, the pictures were amazing!Oh the extensions¿Probably a less exciting extension would be to pull out a few sentences (for an English grammar lesson) and have the class write them in standard English. Then, I suppose to make it a little more relatable to them, they could think of a few slang dialect they use or hear in these modern days and correctly write them in standard English as well. This, of course, would happen after a discussion about the book and the moral behind the story ¿ because it is a very important subject that should not be ignored. Another extension would be to fully address the actions of the story by discussing prejudice and discrimination, and maybe doing some research on it. The students could find out more about how black people were treated in that time period and then compare to today¿s discrimination and prejudices. Writing a compare/contrast paper or making a compare/contrast poster, oohh even doing skits that show the similarities and differences of how people were discriminated against back then, and how they are today too (and not just focusing on black people, but also other races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, classes, etc.) I like that idea, it just came to me!
ovistine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another in the series of books Mildred Taylor has written about the Logan family, this time told from an outsider point of view--Jeremy Simms, who badly wants to be a friend to the Logan kids, but isn't quite accepted by them (and certainly the friendship isn't accepted by his family) because they're black and he's white. This is another short book (having recently read "The Friendship", "The Gold Cadillac", and "Song of the Trees", I'm really itching for a longer book from her!), and it's another snapshot of the brutal inequalities between black and white in the Depression-era South. A black man needs to go on a bus ride, since he's got a potential job lined up somewhere else, and he runs into trouble when some white men don't like the idea that a black man can get a job when they can't. But that's soon to be the least of anybody's worries. Both the snapshot and the resolution are told very well, and it's interesting hearing things through Jeremy's voice.
jrozean0128 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story set in 1930s America during the great depression. The story is told be a young boy named Jeremy. Jeremy observed many situations of segregation and prejudice while he is with his father at a country store. He observes several people both black and white boarding a bus for travel. Eventually, the bus becomes to full and the blacks are forced to get off the bus to allow the whites to board. Jeremy does not understand these issues of segregation that took place in the south at this time. Ironically, the very bus which the black people were forced off of crashes through the railing of a nearby bridge. Many die. The irony is the basis of the tale.These tales of segregation in the south enrages me. I have a hard time believing that such things actually took place. There is a portion of the book where the father explains to the boy why segregation exists. The reason he gives is that blacks are just not like white people. Every time I read stories from that era I am outraged. It doesn¿t make sense to us in this day and age.This story could be read as part of a unit on Civil Rights. I would read the story Rosa, which is a picture book biography about Rosa Parks who stood up against bus segregation, along with this book as examples of the segregation era. I would also have the children write an essay explaining why they believe that such prejudice and segregation are unfair and can not be a part of an efficient democracy.
bplma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Taylor states she got the idea for this short story from a story her father told of an event from his own childhood. 1930s-segregated south at the Mississippi River. Casual small town racism as seen through the eyes of a 10 year old white boy--a child afraid of and bullied by his own father--Taylor tells the facts mostly, without editorializing. She does not say how the young black girl felt being told she could not try on a hat in the store or why the black townsfolk spoke easily to each other but clammed up when the little white boy started hanging around. She leaves it to us to decide what to think. A well written and powerful short story.
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Jeremy Simms is a boy who treats black people right. He doesn't treat them badly like others do. In those days black people are not treated right. Miz Hattie was white and she got to try on a hat when the black girl didn't. Josias and the other black people got thrown off the bus because there wasn't any room for the white people . The bus was going to cross the bridge but it was covered in fog and you could barely see. We thought the bookwas sad but good . It was good becuse it talks about history and how they treated black people .The language was hard to read .
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like books that have happened in earlier in life you will probably like this Book. You should probably read this whole book at one time, so you don¿t forget any parts. Mississippi Bridge (the book) is about four black kids and one white kid who is trying to be friends with the black kids. There is one bus ride that changes every ones life in the story. If you like the type of story that could be real but it¿s not real you will really like this story. If I could give this story more then 5 stars I would give it 500 stars because it is such a surprising and wonderful book. And I guarantee you will like this book. Now if you want to find out what happens in the story you should probably read the book. If you read this book I hope you like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mississippi Bridge is as sad as it is great. One of the best books I ever read. If I could give this book 1,000 stars I would. This book is historical and suspenseful at the same time. If I could write a second Mississippi Bridge I would. If you like black history this is the book for you. Here¿s the outline of the story. The Login family¿s grandma goes off on a trip. So they start to go back to family friends house when something terrible will happen. Read it to find out what happens.