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Roll of Thunder : African American Life in the 1930s: Mildred D. Taylor, the Author

How authentic is Mildred D. Taylor's depiction of African American life in the South during the 1930's in the historical novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry? Let's explore that question in this guide.

Meet the Author

               Mildred Taylor, 2004.  Photo by Nancy Jacobs

“By the time I entered high school, I had a driving compulsion to paint a truer picture of Black people. . .     I wanted to show a Black family united in love and pride, of which the reader would like to be a part.”    

—Mildred D. Taylor

Awards Won

Council on Interracial Books Award

New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year

Coretta Scott King Award (three time winner)

Newberry Medal

National Book Award Nominee

ALA Notable Book

Booklist, Best of the Best Books, 1970-1982 

Kirkus Choice

The Horn Book Fanfare Honor List

New York Times Book Review Best Children's Book 1970-1980

Pacific Northwest Young Readers Award

Digital Biography

Other Books by Mildred D. Taylor