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The Rock and the River

  Magoon, Kekla


Publisher: Aladdin
Number of Pages: 290
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Genres:

Historical fiction

Material Type/Location:

Junior High Fiction

Reading Level:

6-8

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Why I liked this title:

It's the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement is alive and well. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is preaching non-violence. In Chicago, Roland Childs is continuing the work of Dr. King, leading non-violent protests along with his two sons, Stick and Sam. Stick begins to question the success of the non-violent movement and he becomes attracted to the Black Panther Party, a party that is working for the needs of black people but with a mix of violent and non-violent methods. Sam can't believe his brother is doing this, but when Sam falls for a girl who's brother is in the Panthers, Sam himself starts considering the Panther party. When decisions Stick and Sam make lead to violence, their family and their lives are changed forever.

This is such a compelling look at a challenging time in our history. It is a wonderful historical fiction book, great to read for a book report. The characters stay with you long after you have finished the book.

Reviewed by: Linda Sawyer on 7/10/2010

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