This month, I'm sharing a story that has won so many awards and fans over the years that it probably doesn't need much in the way of promotion by me, but when you find a book this good, you have to share. So here is Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor.
Here's the blurb from Penguin Random House:
"Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie’s story–Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect."
I read this one quite soon after reading Stella by Starlight, which has a very similar theme to it, but still very much enjoyed it in its own right. Cassie is a very likeable and relatable young character, as are her siblings and friends. If you're looking for a story to help explain racism and how people like the Logan family suffered, you couldn't do better than this story.
Although this book is in its forties, the message hasn't changed and is probably as important (if not more so) than it was when it was first released.