For 40th Anniversary of 'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,' Mildred D. Taylor Announces New Cover Art and Final Book in Logan Family Series

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The Logan family is still inspiring generations of readers decades after their original story was published in 1975. But the story is getting a new burst of life for the 40th anniversary of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by iconic children's author Mildred D. Taylor. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was released in January 1976 as the sequel to Taylor's novella Song of the Trees, and to celebrate its birthday the Newbery Award-winning book will feature all-new covers created by illustrator and two-time Caldecott Medal winner Kadir Nelson — including new, unique covers for each title in the Logan family saga and Taylor's entire backlist. The partnership includes Nelson illustrating the cover of Taylor's final book in her Logan family series, Logan, coming (not soon enough) from Viking in 2017.

In press release from Penguin Random House sent to Bustle, Taylor describes how she came up with the story for the Newbery Medal-winning and National Book Award nominated Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and her excitement for its milestone anniversary:

The middle grade summer reading list staple is narrated by 9-year-old Cassie Logan who lives with her family in southern Mississippi during the Great Depression. The iconic book explores the racism present in the day and its impact on one family, the children, and the wider community and society.

You can check out the reveal of Nelson's anniversary edition cover, featuring the strong, independent Cassie we know and adore front and center:

In the press release, Nelson talked about the influence Taylor's book had on him:

The anniversary edition of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry will be released January 2016, and the remainder of Taylor's backlist will come shortly after in April.