The 100 Most Popular Young Adult Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

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Mildred D. Taylor

Family drama

Jackson, Mississippi
September 13,1943

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Mildred D. Taylor's novels depict black family life in the rural South in the 1930s.

“I grew to know the South—to feel the South—through the yearly trips we took there and through the stories told,” Taylor said in accepting the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1988 for The Friendship. In those days, before the civil rights movement, I remember the South and how it was. I remember the racism, the segregation. But I also remember the other South—the South of family and community.”

Taylor's family moved to a newly integrated town in Ohio when she was ten. She was the only black child in her class. She received degrees from the University of Toledo and the University of Colorado. She also joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Ethiopia. Taylor has taught English and history and worked as a recruiter, a study skills coordinator, a proofreader, and an editor.

Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Emily R. Moore said, “describes a year during which Cassie Logan learns to handle the indignities inflicted upon herself, her family and neighbors. She also learns the importance of her family's struggle to keep their land and their economic independence.… Throughout the book, the reader is moved to tears by Ms. Taylor's vibrant, exquisite, and simple style. The dialogue is lightly seasoned with Southern colloquialisms.”

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