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Mildred Taylor: Criticism and Reviews

ClassicNote reviews and provides background information on Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

The Mississippi Writers Page has a biography of Taylor and links to information and brief reviews of her works.

The University of Minnesota's Voices from the Gap Women Writers of Color features a brief biography of Taylor and criticism of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and Let the Circle Be Unbroken.

Contemporary Southern Writers features a critical essay on Mildred Taylor.

The Friendship is reviewed by Carrie Steele, Starkville High School, Mississippi.

Additional criticism and review of Mildred Taylor's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

"Review of The Road to Memphis."
Critic: Virginia B. Moore.
Voice of Youth Advocates, Vol. 13, No. 3, August 1990, p. 164.

In her review, "Moore lauds The Road to Memphis as a 'powerful, readable, and fast-moving sequel' to her two previous books, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and Let the Circle Be Unbroken."

The Friendship.
Critic: Mildred Taylor.
Horn Book Magazine. 65, no. 2 (March 1989): 179-82.

In her essay, "Taylor talks about the background for her book The Friendship." The essay was written as her acceptance of the Boston Globe-Horne Book Award for The Friendship.

"Merger and Metamorphosis in the Fiction of Mildred D. Taylor."
Critic: Mary Turner Harper.
Children's Literature Association Quarterly 13, no. 2 (summer 1988): 75-80.

In this essay, "Harper examines the role that African-American culture plays in Taylor's books."

Critic: Lyn Knapp.
Voice of Youth Advocates 12, no. 6 (February 1990): 335.

"Mildred Taylor's story of the Logan family in the 1930s stays with you, and grows larger with each remembering, as portrayed in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry..."

"Review of The Friendship."
Critic: Jeanette Lambert.
School Library Journal 34, no. 5 (January 1988): 70.

"A hot, humid afternoon in Mississippi in 1933 is the setting for a tense drama and tragic confrontation between Mr. Tom Bee, an elderly black man, and a white store owner, John Wallace. The interaction between the two men portrays how severely the bonds of friendship can be tested against…"

"Review of The Gold Cadillac."
Critic: Helen E. Williams.
School Library Journal 34, no. 1 (September 1987): 171-72.

"In this quiet story (The Gold Cadillac), 'lois explains a child's perspective of her fears when she, her sister Wilma, and their parents drive from Ohio to visit relatives in Mississippi in 1950. When 'lois's father buys a new gold Cadillac, his wife refuses to ride in it -- until he declares his intentions to visit his parents in the South…"

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