BOOK SUMMARY: In this compelling sequel to her Newbery Award-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,
Mildred D. Taylor continues the saga of the Logan family.
Cassie and Stacey, Christopher-John and Little Man, are older now and eager to explore
the world outside the Logan farm and the loving family circle. Cassie finds a new
friend in Wordell Lees, who seldom speaks but understands everything. Suzella, the
Logans' pretty cousin from the North, comes to visit and wins every heart but Cassie's. Stacey
chafes at being kept at home and longs to prove himself an adult.
The year is 1935, deep in the Depression. Beneath the placid rolling fields of the Mississippi countryside,
old racial antagonisms fester and new conflicts stir, fed by hard times. The young Logans watch
as T.J., their friend, is charged with murder and tried by an all-white jury; as desperately poor
sharecropper neighbors--white as well as black--are victimized by the greed of large landowners and
forced to plow under fields of healthy cotton. But Big Ma, Mama, and Papa believe that strength
can be born in adversity, and they teach the children the pride and self-resepect they need to survive.
Rich in the storytelling power that made Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry a favorite of young
readers, Let the Circle Be Unbroken is an unforgettable story by a master novelist.