Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is known as one of the best children's novels ever written. I had heard of it several times from other students, so last year, I finally sat down with it and began to read.
The storyline follows a family of African-American farmers, right around the time where segregation was still a problem. The book clearly described the issues and conflicts African-Americans had to go through during that time, and I was really touched by it. I found that I could really relate to the characters. The author did a fabulous job developing those characters with his use of dialogue (the dialect). The book showed how making a simple mistake in the world back then could be drastic. People of their race had to be extremely careful with everything they did, because Americans were watching their every move. The end of the book was really sad, but I still loved every minute of it. If you ever get the chance, I would really recommend reading this book.