Easy to understand
Not faltering or hesitating
Cautioned against; warned
To grasp; take; arrest
Boiling over with anger
Playful good humor
Boldly; not giving in
Descending voluntarily to the level of an inferior person
Something that conceals or screens like a garment
Ability to be injured or wounded
A gradual increase in loudness
Concentrating on a single purpose
The central message of the author
The sequence of events in a story
The time and place in which a story takes place
Martha B. Taylor
Mildred C. Johnson
Monica E. Taylor
Mildred D. Taylor
Mildred D. Taylor
Mary “Mama” Logan
1976; Southern United States
1930; New York City
A rich nation
In the Vietnam war
In the Great Depression
Governed by George W. Bush
He was repeating the seventh grade
He didn’t like being in charge of walking the younger children to school.
He hated school because he could not read.
His mother was his teacher and he didn’t want to be in her class
She is a seventh grader who is in constant conflict with her parents and teachers.
She is a fourth grade student who despises dressing up and she sticks up for her own rights.
She is a fifth grader who is very shy and rarely speaks
She is a first grade student who is very bright and learned to read at an early age.
He was a short, nervous man for whom Papa felt sorry.
He was tall and intellectual. Papa had hired him to teach the children.
He was average height and heavy. Papa hired him to build an extra room on the house.
He was tall and formidable. Papa hired him as a farm hand.
People went there to drink and the children usually ended up in trouble.
Papa thought that music was sinful.
The store was a long way from home.
He was afraid the children would act up and embarrass him.
They thought it would help drain the water.
They wanted to get even with the bus driver and the kids by causing the bus to get stuck.
They thought the road would flood and they wouldn’t have to go to school
T.J. offered them money to do it.