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Middle School Readings:

"Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry"

By, Mildred Taylor

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was first published in 1976, and won the Newbery Medal in 1977. It is set in 1933, in Mississippi--during the Great Depression, when many people were very poor. Poverty is a fact of life for many of the book's charac ters. Although the Logans own their own land, many in the black community are sharecroppers. Sharecroppers are farmers who do not own the land they work. In exchange for the use of the land, the farmers must give a certain percentage of their harvest to the owner.

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"The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963"

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 is a historical-fiction novel by Christopher Paul Curtis. It was written in 1995 and republished in 1997. It tells the story of a loving African American family, living in the town of Flint, Michigan in 1963. When the oldest son (Byron) begins to get into a bit of trouble, the parents decide he should spend the summer and possibly the next school year with Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama. The entire family travels there together by car, and during their visit, tragic events take place that affect the whole family but mainly Kenny.

Although the Watson family is fictional, the characters are based on members of the author's family and the events are inspired by events from his childhood, especially in the first part of the book. Events later in the story center on the historically factual 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, a critical catalyst of the American Civil Rights Movement which occurred soon after its successful Birmingham campaign.




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