Nominated by Isabelle, Isaac Dickson Elementary School, Asheville, N.C.
From Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Cassie Logan is a 10-year-old African-American girl living in Mississippi in the 1930s. In her childhood, she has to look past skin color and racist actions to help improve her acceptance in society.
Throughout the book, Cassie experiences many different forms of racism. When she feels discouraged, her father affirms what she already believes: she must accept some things "the way they are" but fight to change those things most important.
Cassie is a great America fictional character because she perseveres and overcomes obstacles in her life. She conquers her doubt and is not afraid to fight for the values she believes in. Americans should do the same. This would make the world a more accepting place.
Hear Isabelle read her essay:
Elementary 'In Character': Cassie Logan