Mrs. Logan gives the kids beat up textbooks that the white schools didn't want
Cassie and her brothers sabotage the bus route by making it crash
at the Wallace store Cassie catches Stacey beat up TJ then Mama takes them to the Berry's and they see his scars from what happens when you fight
Cassie gets to go to Strawberry for the first time because she is old enough and Mama doesn't want to listen to TJ the whole time. Cassie ends up being hurt and experiences racism for the first time. Then she accidently bumps into Lilian Jean and is forced to apologize.
Papa comes home with Uncle Hammer. Cassie tells Uncle Hammer about what has happened at Strawberry and what Charlie Simms did to her. Uncle Hammer is furious and wants to kill Charlie Simms
Cassie decides to get revenge on Lilian Jean by becoming "close" to her and learning all her secrets about her and her brothers. Cassie then blackmails Lilian Jean and then beats her up
TJ gets Mama (Mrs. Logan) fired because she wasn't teaching what she was supposed to and she fails TJ on purpose because he cheats. Cassie and her brothers don't talk to TJ because of what he did, now they won't get the money they need
Papa, Mr. Morrison, and Stacey are ambushed by the Wallaces. Papa ends up getting shot and a broken leg, but luckily the shot wasn't fatal and he could heal from it
Cassie hears that TJ is hanging out with R.W. and Melvin Simms and they treat him badly. When TJ comes back from hanging out with the Simms brothers, Cassie finds out that TJ killed Mr. Barnett.
Cassie learns that TJ could be put in jail or be executed for what he did.
Papa sets the woods on fire by his house on purpose to distract everyone from what's happening and to not have TJ hanged.
Cassie and her family cry for the land because it was ruined in the fire and that was a way of them getting money, now they are even more in debt.