The Road to Memphis

The Road to Memphis

by Mildred D. Taylor

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Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101997550
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Series: Logan Family Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 59,866
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including The Road to Memphis, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, The Land, The 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.

Kadir Nelson (www.kadirnelson.com) is a two-time Caldecott Honor Award recipient. He has received an NAACP Image Award, a CASEY Award, the 2009 and 2014 Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the 2009 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award. Among Mr. Nelson's other awards are gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and The New Yorker. He lives in Los Angeles.

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The Road to Memphis 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The road to memphis is a great book.I read it after reading Roll Of Thunder.I felt like I was missing things so If you want to read this book I suggest you read roll Of thunder hear my cry and let the circle be unbroken.This is a great series and I feel like I am there.I felt a little sad towards the end but the characters are very caring and emotional towards their feelings.There are many main characters such as Cassie,Stacey,Clarence,Moe,Little willie and many more.Cassie is very sweet and heartwarming.Stacey is very intellegent and works hard to get what he needs.I would definitley rate this 5 out of 5 because it is a very unique story along with the others and at points in this story you will feel excited and at others you will cry. Hope you enjoyed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It really brings history to life. Stephanie Clanahan
eussery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Road to Memphis takes readers through the trials and tribulations of an 18 year old African American female named Cassie Logan. This is Mildred Taylor¿s third book featuring Cassie as a main character. The story takes place in small town Mississippi in the 1940¿s. Cassie¿s family and friends are up against typical circumstances associated with heavily racial South in this era including constant belittling and bullying from their Caucasian peers. Cassie attends school in the city of Jackson for a better education with the ultimate goal of becoming a lawyer. On the way to Jackson Cassie, her brother Stacey, and friends stop in Strawberry to fix a flat tire. Fed up with the abuse, a friend of Cassie¿s named Moe looses control and hits three white men with a crowbar. The group is now faced with the challenge of getting Moe to the train station in Tennessee where he can travel to Chicago and be safe. After a rocky start I began to fall in love the characters, plot, and themes of this book. It has your predictable characters but some that stand out in unique ways for example a white boy named Jeremy who played a crucial role in helping Moe get out of Strawberry. I would recommend this book to young readers due to its historical references of African American life in the south and event leading up to WWII. Some of the dialogue and continuous use of the N word could be somewhat distracting. Overall the unselfish acts of those that had so little but still willing to give would be inspiring to any young reader. Grade 9 and up.
LetitiaGoodman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There really aren't any books by Taylor that I don't like. She is the supreme story-teller. I love all of her books and have grown up loving and respecting the Logan family as if they are my own family. She has a true gift for bringing truth and honor to historic and realistic fiction. It was refreshing to see Cassie Logan all grown up and being open to living out her life during racially charged times.
Araya05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I recieved this book from a teacher for my Eighth grade graduation. We'd previously read the intial two books. I strongly suggest the series for young children.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm real surprised about the Logan kids growing up! The book was super, extra good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the story of 17-year-old Cassie struggling to get her friend,Moe, to safety after he gets steamed and hits 3 white men. Can she help him to Memphis without trouble or will she accidintally fall in love on the way?The books Ms. Taylor writes are my all-time favorite books and I would recomend every single one of them. If you love reading and are looking for a book check out these at your local library. -The Road to Memphis -The Land -Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry -Let the Circle be Unbroken -The Friendship
Guest More than 1 year ago
Does Cassie Logan ever get married? I thought that this book was outstanding, and would love to read a sequel! Please do!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this book triumphs over the other of Mildred D. Taylor's books I've read (Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Let the Circle Be Unbroken). You can really tell how the stories start from a young girl in Mississippi, to a maturing woman in this title. This novel depicts the lives of the Logan children, focusing more on Stacey and Cassie, as they help their friend escape from prosecution. Their friend Moe attacks 3 white folks, as he is defending the one he loves Cassie. They try to make their way to Memphis, Tennessee to get Moe away from almost certain death (back then lynching was still legal in some states). They face turmoil and surprises on their way too Memphis, where Moe would escape from the south and his white oppressors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love when Moe confesses his love for Cassie. It made me cry. The whole is great. Mildred describes everything so well. Its like reading a history but funner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't need to read Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry to get the story of this book. It is a story about the 2 older Logan kids (Cassie & Stacey)growing up and dealing with racism. They are on the road with a few other friends to help their friend Moe escape to Memphis. This is very different from the 1st book since they are pretty much on their own in this one. It is very worth reading because it is not boring at all. It is fast paced and makes you not put the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read The Road to Memphis at least three times, and I love it! I think if it weren't for Mildred D. Taylor, I wouldn't know the truth of what things were really like, because it's a past that most prefer to leave buried.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has depth unlike other books. Ms. Taylor's ablitiy to write about the harsh truth of what actually went on after the civil war is unbelievable. Paul Edward was a stunning character who coped with the hardship of losing both of his best friends, but he get 'the land' in the end even though he suffers much mockery. This book will keep you hooked until the very end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great if you love books by Mildred D. Taylor. I'm only 11 and I truly understand the hardships of Blacks and how they were treated. In the book someone dies(I'm not telling who) 2 people leave and one of Cassie's brothers leave. :( I hope you enjoy the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 51 Years olds and I was surprised when I went in a book store and found out that the books by Mildred D. Taylor was in the Childrens section. I love reading her books. I can not remember much of my childhood or my relatives growing up. I love my mother but I can not remember a lot and she, bless her heart never really instilled in my sisters and brother how important it is to spend time with your sibblings and love them. I wish I could remember what my childhood was like. When I read Mildred D. Taylor it makes me feel like a little girl again and I kind of relive my childhood again, and I can feel the love that Cassy,Stacy,little man and Christifer feel for each other. It makes me wish I had that when I was growing up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The third book in the Logan family saga is exceptional. Once again Ms. Taylor strongly captures the racial discord of the 1940's and the struggle of African-Americans to maintain dignity and to be shown respect. The series should be required reading in every school in the country for grades 6-8. This book definitely leaves the reader with a strong desire to find out how things progress for the Logan's. Does Cassie go to college and become a lawyer? Does she marry the man of her dreams? What happens to her three brothers? Does Moe reach Chicago safely? A strength of Ms. Taylor's books is that nothing is wrapped up into a tidy package. Instead the stories are a clearer reflection of life - left open and sometimes uncertain but always expectant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Road To Memphis is a book liable to touch the depts of your heart. This powerfully constructed book will definitely leave you awe-striken.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best ever it's a really good book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, except I think Cassie should have gone with Moe. I think Cassie should like Moe instead of the other guy. He is way too old for her! I could not put this book down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was excellence! this author knows how to write a book. i almost cried when clarence died and sissy found out and screamed. i like stacey and moe and everyone in this book except the mean people. it was really scary when the men from the gas station were chasing them. also it was really mean when the guy kicked cassie.