The Rock and the River
The Time: 1968
The Place: Chicago
For thirteen-year-old Sam it's not easy being the son of known civil rights activist Roland Childs. Especially when his older (and best friend), Stick, begins to drift away from him for no apparent reason. And then it happens: Sam finds something that changes everything forever.
Sam has always had faith in his father, but when he finds literature about the Black Panthers under Stick's bed, he's not sure who to believe: his father or his best friend. Suddenly, nothing feels certain anymore.
Sam wants to believe that his father is right: You can effect chnage without using violence. But as time goes on, Sam grows weary of standing by and watching as his friends and family suffer at the hands of racism in their own community. Sam beings to explore the Panthers with Stick, but soon he's involved in something far more serious -- and more dangerous -- than he could have ever predicted. Sam is faced with a difficult decision. Will he follow his father or his brother? His mind or his heart? The rock or the river?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rgruberexcel - LibraryThing
RGG: Somewhat dry, and perhaps unclear, depiction of the conflict between the followers of Martin Luther King and the followers of the Black Panther movement as represented by a father and two ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lindap69 - LibraryThing
compelling, awesome, vivid, poignant, intense - best book I've read this year Sam is the son a non-violent civil rights activist in 1968 and wants to believe but is angered when he witnesses police ... Read full review