FROM THE BOOK JACKET: In her tenth book, Mildred Taylor completes her sweeping saga about the Logan family of Mississippi, which is also the story of the civil rights movement in America of the 20th century.
Cassie Logan, first met in Song of the Trees and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, is a young woman now, searching for her place in the world, a journey that takes her from Toledo to California, to law school in Boston, and, ultimately, in the 60s, home to Mississippi to participate in voter registration. She is witness to the now-historic events of the century: the Great Migration north, the rise of the civil rights movement, preceded and precipitated by the racist society of America, and the often violent confrontations that brought about change. Rich, compelling storytelling is Ms. Taylor's hallmark, and she fulfills expectations as she brings to a close the stirring family story that has absorbed her for over forty years. It is a story she was born to tell.
Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including The Road to Memphis
,Let the Circle Be Unbroken
, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
.Her books have won numerous awards, among them a Newberry 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 Childrens Literature. In 2003, Ms. Taylor was named the First Laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Childrens Literature.
Mildred Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Toledo, she served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia for two years and then spent the next year traveling throughout the United States, working and recruiting for the Peace Corps. At the University of Colorados School of Journalism, she helped created a Black Studies program and taught in the program for two years. Ms. Taylor has worked as a proofreader-editor and as program coordinator for an international house and a community free school. She now devotes her time to her family, writing, and what she terms the family ranch in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.