1977

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

By Mildred D. Taylor

Original Publisher: Dial Books (Penguin Group USA Inc.)
Current Publisher: Puffin
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 11 & Up

Children’s Literature Finalists That Year:

  • Milton Meltzer for Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust
  • John Ney for Ox Under Pressure
  • Mildred D. Taylor for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Barbara Wersba for Tunes for a Small Harmonica

Children’s Literature Winner That Year: Katherine Paterson for The Master Puppeteer

Judges That Year: Kay Boyle, Julia Cunningham, Emily C. Neville

The Year in Literature: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: 

  • In 1978, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was made into a TV movie starring Morgan Freeman in one of his first lead rolls as Uncle Hammer.
  • Let the Circle Be Unbroken, the sequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, was a Finalist for Children’s Books, Fiction (Hardcover) in 1982.

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