Mildred D. Taylor Message Board

Sofie posts on 7/27/2011 11:02:36 PM Dear Mildred D Taylor I love reading all your books. You are an amazon author. I hope one day I could write books as interesting as yours. I would really like to know if there is a second part to The road to Memphis I love the story of Cassie Logan . I want to know where she ends up. My other question is what two books does Solomone give Cassie when she was leaving. Thank you
Harry Potter posts on 5/4/2011 8:28:26 PM Dear Mrs. Taylor, I admire your writing in Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. I have a few questions for you about the book. What made you want to write the book in the first place? Did you have to grow up like that? What was your Favorite scene from Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry? Which character did you enjoy creating the most? Last, Why did you give the characters the personalities?
Brittney posts on 3/7/2011 2:34:23 PM Dear Ms. Mildred Taylor or to whom it may concern in regards to Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, First let me start off by saying that your work is brilliant. When I was younger, I can recall reading your books Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and Let the Circle Be Unbroken. Now, being much older, I am recalling the historical facts in “Roll of Thunder Here My Cry.” When I was younger, I didn’t think much of the book and to be completely honest with you, I only read it because my teacher made us, but now, being older and a bit wiser, I read it with different intentions. In a second time around approach, I had more appreciation and now, in my life I want to be a teacher and I could have never imagined how being a teacher would have been at that time. Especially knowing that some of my students would have had to walk and ruin their clothes, books had charts in them labeling the condition and noting the student’s race. That was grotesque and belittling. When I read the emotion the Little Man had in this part of the book, I was siding with him. When I get a new book, it is like an artifact that can’t be tinkered with and although his teacher (Miss Crocker) said that he should be lucky to have it, I would have the same bitterness as he. No longer were the bindings new, but instead there was writing inside them. No wonder your characters wanted to get revenge. I was quite intrigued with your ideas of getting the audience to see the life of African Americans and seeing a hard working family struggle, struggle to keep the family together and to keep the “Logan Land.” I have to admit, once I read this book, I had to get more information and dig a little deeper into the story. So let me ask you, I read that you were writing from events that happened in your life and experiences that your family went through. Were you worried about what people would think? What would you say if school’s questioned your book and called it inappropriate to the school system as it uses race and language to prove opinions? You were a brave woman and for you winning the Newbery Medal on it in 1977 is admirable. I read that your father told you many stories, were any of your characters inspired from his stories? In your book you wrote: “Look out there, Cassie girl. All that belongs to you. You ain’t never had to live on nobody’s place but your own and long as I live and the family survives, you’ll never have to. You may not understand that now but one day you will. Then you’ll see (pg.7).” Was this something you as a family ever had to deal with? Having to worry if your home would no longer be “your” home? I got from this book, that although the Logan family went through hard times, they still remained a family. Due to the fact that they were African American’s they were seen as outcasts to the white community and while the kids hated it very much, the parents seemed to more excepting of it and tried to shelter the kids from knowing what really happens in the world between blacks and whites. This book is truly an honest portrayal of racial prejudice. Especially if you look at the scene with the white students riding the bus and actually having two buses but for them, they aren’t allowed to have one and have to walk to school. Also the school itself, when they get there, whites on one side and blacks on another. That is something that went on for many years and you have actually seen it first hand in your life. I read that you left your hometown in Mississippi to get away from all racial activity that was going on, which happens to be the same state that you wrote this book in, is there a direct correlation? Looking back, do you think that if you and your family stayed, you would be living a different life, why? I noticed in the book that you had “Papa” who wasn’t an important character in the story and I do understand that he worked elsewhere to have money for his family, but what made you choose this? For a family that is so close and has so much love for one another, the house was ran by both mother and grandmother. Not that there is anything wrong with it but for the time period, it was seen as the man who kept the household together and with his absence it wasn’t like that. I would like to thank you for your time and all the hard work that you have put into your stories, they have marked a great time in history and as a future educator, I can assure that your books will be an asset to any classroom.

Kyle Lewis posts on 4/1/2010 12:16:33 AM Hello. My name is Kyle Lewis. I had a question about the authors book "Roll of Thunder, Gear my Cry." What does Jeremy look like? I know that he's white, but what color is his hair, eyes, etc.
starla gresham posts on 3/16/2010 2:24:11 AM Hi. First I'd like to thank Mildred for the beautiful message she puts forth in writing her wonderful historic books. But the real reason I'm here is I have a question about the order in which the Logan Family book series is to be read. What's the order..?
Dylan posts on 2/2/2010 5:27:41 PM I love your books about the Logan children. You are my favorite author of all time. Please keep writing for your readers.
J posts on 10/11/2009 8:38:10 PM Dear Ms. Taylor I love your books please tell me there is a sequel to road to Memphis ,there has to be one. I haven't read all of them yet so far I've read: Roll of Thunder , Hear my Cry Let the Circle be Unbroken The Road to Memphis The Land and you should have movies to all of these or combine them in one if they are around the same time it'll be like a long movie like the Jackson's an american dream.
taylor posts on 10/4/2009 7:03:17 PM Hi. My name is Taylor. I'm from Nebraska and ever since my freshman year I have been in love with your books. I just finished The Road To Memphis and I got so into it i cried at the end. i cried in Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry and Let the Circle be Unbroken to. I noticed Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry is a movie and I'm looking for somewhere to buy it now. I hope the other 2 become movies soon as well! Thank you for writing such wonderful books!
Lafeyamo posts on 10/2/2009 11:37:13 AM My name is Lafeyamo and I'm from Greenwood. I really liked your book The Well. It is the best book I ever read. I'm glad that I wasn't born then. In the book my favorite character was Hammer.
Alison Bayera posts on 9/5/2009 5:26:42 PM Where do i begin, i feel like i have developed a love of reading books but not just any books, Miss Taylor's books. Bought all books, i was introduced by my brother who was told about Miss Taylor by his English teacher here in Wembley, North London (England, Great Britain). Unfortunately i was told by a friend of Miss Taylor that she doesnot have an email or address where you could contact her, i am telling it was that bad after reading THE LAND, we were searching everyday and everyday since then in 2006. I pray that all is soon finished with LOGAN, the final book. I am now becoming emotional, because its so boring, Miss Taylor's books take you to another world however horrible it was in those days, hope gets you through each day. Let me stop because i could go on forever, May God continue to bless Miss Taylor and her family,
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