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Books to Bond Over With Your Tween Reader

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13. 'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,' by Mildred D. Taylor
The first in a compelling and historical trilogy, this novel is set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression. Cassie Logan is an independent girl who discovers why her family's ownership of their land is crucial.

In this vivid coming-of-age novel, Taylor weaves amazing family relationships between siblings and generations. As Cassie starts to see the world beyond the view of a child, she also develops her own sense of dignity and self-respect.