Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels including <i>The Road to Memphis</i>, <i>Let the Circle Be Unbroken</i>, <i>The Land</i>, and<i> Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry</i>. Her books have won numerous awards, among them a Newbery Medal (for <i>Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry</i>), four Coretta Scott King Awards, and a <i>Boston Globe–Horn Book</i> Award. Her book <i>The Land</i> was awarded the <i>L.A. Times </i>Book Prize and the PEN Award for Children’s Literature. In 2003, Ms. Taylor was named the First Laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.