the book's title is rol of thunder,hear my cry
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The children are excited because they have never had heir own readers before. The readers, however, are cast-offs deemed not fit for white kids to use anymore. Little Man takes the book back to his desk, but when he opens it, sees something inside it that makes him throw it on the floor and stomp on it. Cassie looks inside her book and sees columns listing the book's condition and the race of the student for every year from 1922-1933. This is the first year that the book's condition is listed as "very poor" and the first time that the race of the student is listed as "nigra" instead of "white." Although they have never had their own books I see the kids as being humiliated. The books, rather than a positive gift, are a slap in the face.