The Logan children view TJ with varying degrees of friendliness. Is TJ Avery a good friend?The Logan children view TJ with varying degrees of friendliness. Is TJ Avery a good friend?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Mildred Taylor's Rolling Thunder, Hear My Cry, TJ Avery is an opportunist, and, therefore, not a loyal or solid friend.  Here are some ways in which he is disloyal to the Logan family:

  1. In Mrs. Logan's class, when he is caught with a cheat sheet, he quickly passes it to Stacey.
  2. Disgruntled by a failing grade, he reports his teacher, Mrs. Logan to the white community as a teacher who does not always follow curriculum and is incompetent, and he reports that she has begun the boycott of the Wallace store.
  3. He is indirectly responsible for the controversy that develops at the store in Strawberry as he tells Cassie and the others to join him in shopping while they wait on Big Ma. 
  4. T J convinces Stacy to give him the nice coat that Uncle Hammer has bought, telling him that it does not fit him correctly
  5. T J and his white friends, Melvin and R. W. Simms represent an indirect threat to the Logans.  Wild boys, T J is a threat because he could elicit the support of Stacey as he and the other boys run wild and could cause the Logans trouble.
  6. T J's involvement in the robbery with the Simms boys upsets many of the whites who believe that T J has been with black boys.  He runs to the Logans for help, but instead leads others to them.
litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't think TJ is a good friend.  I think he is the kind of kid that takes advantage of the kindness of the people who seem to be his friends.  He is a user.  The Logan children have kind hearts, and he knows how to use that to get things from them.

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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