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The road to Memphis
Taylor, Mildred D.
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Publication Information:
New York : Puffin Books, 1992.

Physical Description:
290 pages ; 18 cm
In 1941 a black youth, sadistically teased by two white boys in rural Mississippi, severely injures one of them with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.
Reading Level:
"Ages 12 and up"--P. [4] of cover.

670 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.5 12.0 5953.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.1 18 Quiz: 09787 Guided reading level: X.
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X Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Reading List

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"Cassie recounts harrowing events during late 1941. An engrossing picture of fine young people endeavoring to find the right way in a world that persistently wrongs them." -- Kirkus Reviews

Author Notes

Mildred D. Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi on September 13, 1943 and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She received a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Toledo in 1965 and then spent two years in the Peace Corp teaching English and History in Ethiopia. She received a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado. During this time, she joined the Black Student Alliance and assisted in creating the black studies program at the university. After graduation and before becoming a full-time author, she worked for the Black Education Program as a study skills director.

Using her personal experiences and family stories she heard while growing up, Taylor has created several historical fiction books that offer realistic portraits of African-American families in the mid-1900s. Her novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry won the Newbery Award in 1977 and was made into a television movie in 1978. The Well: David's Story received the 1997 Jason Award. She has also received the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Jane Addams Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Christopher Award multiple times. She currently lives in Colorado.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The Newbery Medalist's third powerful entry in the Logan family saga concerns 17-year-old Cassie's involvement in civil rights. Ages 10-14. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved