The Logan family lives in rural Mississippi in the 1920's-30's, during a socially very tough time for blacks. They work extremely hard to keep the small piece of farmland they own. All the other familes in the area are sharecroppers on Granger land. Granger is a very rich white man who cheats his sharecroppers of their money and rights. The Logans are extremely fortunate to own their own land. Throughout the book, many black characters experience racial injustice. The Logans are very determined, and manage to overcome the obstacles they face. The Logan children are being harassed by a schoolbus of white children so they dig a ditch in the road, trapping it and breaking the axle. Cassie, the Logan daughter takes a trip to the nearby town of Strawberry and is shocked by the disresect she is greeted with.
Meanwhile, two of the Wallace boys (a white, racist family) set two black men on fire, killing one of them. After the burning, the Logan's start a boycott of the Wallace store and encourage others to do so too. Partly because of this, Mrs. Logan loses her teaching job and the Logans are in deep trouble financially.
This report prepared by Kristina Murray
Cassie is dealing with the horrors of racism. She is a black nine-year-old who doesn't quite understand why the horrible white people in her town are so mean to the blacks. She is soon told about the night men, the men who go around to different houses and burn them down. This is a riveting story about a girl and her family during the times when blacks were just beginning to be able to speak up for what they think is right.
This report prepared by Qiana Wylie