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A Second Look: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

It was one of those rickety paperback book racks that creak when you turn it. It listed to one side, so I made sure to stand on the side it was leaning away from, in order to see the books better. Spin. Creak. Spin. Creak. I’d read most of these books already. But I had […]

The Friendship: Author Mildred D. Taylor’s 1988 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

by Mildred Taylor I am pleased and honored to accept the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for The Friendship (Dial). It is an honor for me, and it is an honor to the memory of my father, for The Friendship is drawn from one of the many stories that he told me. Over the years he […]

Profile of 1977 Newbery Medal winner Mildred D. Taylor

by Phyllis J. Fogelman “A natural writer” is an overused expression I don’t particularly like, but in speaking of Mildred Taylor it seems absolutely appropriate. Mildred’s words flow smoothly, effortlessly, it seems, and they abound in richness, harmony, and rhythm. Her stories unfold in a full, leisurely way, well suited to and evocative of her […]