The Rock and the River

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 6, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 304 pages
13 Reviews
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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User 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

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User 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

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
25
Section 3
42
Section 4
57
Section 5
75
Section 6
92
Section 7
109
Section 8
116
Section 13
190
Section 14
201
Section 15
212
Section 16
227
Section 17
234
Section 18
248
Section 19
256
Section 20
264

Section 9
141
Section 10
154
Section 11
165
Section 12
181
Section 21
271
Section 22
285
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About the author (2009)

Kekla Magoon has worked with youth-serving nonprofit organizations in New York City and Chicago. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and her first novel, The Rock and the River, won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. She resides in New York City and you can visit her at KeklaMagoon.com.

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