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?
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:
- In Mrs. Logan's class, when he is caught with a cheat sheet, he quickly passes it to Stacey.
- 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.
- 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.
- T J convinces Stacy to give him the nice coat that Uncle Hammer has bought, telling him that it does not fit him correctly
- 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.
- 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.
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.