The Newbery Challenge: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

During 2012, Colby Sharp and I posted fifty-six Newbery videos. Fifty-six might not seem like a large number, but many of the early books required huge doses of caffeine. My head hurts just thinking about The Story of Mankind, Shen of the Sea, and The Trumpeter of Krakow

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is the subject of this week's video. As an added bonus, you'll take a little trip down Chicago's State Street (that great street). 

Don't forget to visit Colby Sharp's blog

Nancy J. Jonson and Cyndi Giorgis interviewed Mildred D. Taylor. 

A Message from Travis Jonker 

"Jerry Pinkney, everyone. That’s who created the original illustration for today’s cover redo candidate. Can I throw in the towel now? No? Well, here we go…"


  1. Thanks for taking us on a little trip to Chicago.

  2. I loved Roll of Thunder when I read it, but I didn't try to read it as part of a Newbery marathon! No wonder your head hurt. Thank you for the tour of the Macy windows. It makes me remember my time in Chicago.

  3. I really enjoyed Roll of Thunder when I read it, but I would like to read it again. Thank you, John, for the tour of the Macy's windows. It reminds me of my days living in Hyde Park.

  4. I read this book as a kid, I think it's time for a re-read! I remember my grade six teacher reading this to my class. I loved that she didn't feel we were "too old" to be read to.


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