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The Rock and the River

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Great book!

    This book really opens your eyes to what was going on and i almost cried.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Gr8

    This book is touching i almost cried

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    AMAZING

    Fantastic Book ! Would Be A Great Book To Learn About The Civil Rights Movement.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Good not best...but good

    Preaty good book after all coildent ask for betta

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

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    Set in Chicago in 1968, The Rock and the River is both historica

    Set in Chicago in 1968, The Rock and the River is both historical and historic in its honest inquiry into the Civil Rights Movement and racism in the United States. 13-year-old Sam has always followed the rules and done what he’s supposed to do. But what is a young black man to do in a world filled with senseless prejudice and violence? Sam’s father is a civil rights activist devoted to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the principles of nonviolence. Sam’s older brother “Stick” secretly becomes a Black Panther committed to education and service, but not opposed to carrying a gun. Sam sees two police officers brutally beat his friend Bucky and charge him unjustly with assault and resisting arrest. When Dr. King is assassinated and Bucky’s case goes to trial, Sam is caught in the turbulence of change. Should he follow his father’s patient example or join Stick in seeking more immediate justice?

    While the story itself is fictional, Kekla Magoon includes an Author’s Note explaining the history behind Dr. King’s Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panthers. The racial and ideological conflicts, however, are merely the backdrop as Magoon hones in on the struggle of one middle class teenager unavoidably enmeshed in conflict. The depth of her characters and their relationships will challenge readers to probe their own hearts and minds. There are several violent scenes, but they are necessary to the story and not excessively graphic or sensationalized. Magoon also refrains from offering any oversimplified answers, allowing each of her characters (and empowering her readers) to find their own way. The clarity of language and elegance of style give the novel an element of grace that makes it worth reading more than once.

    Laurie A. Gray
    Reprinted from the Christian Library Journal (Vol. XIII, No. 3, August 2009); used with permission.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    BEST BOOK!! I must say that this book really tells it how it wa

    BEST BOOK!!

    I must say that this book really tells it how it was and was a great way to see it from a young boy's perspective. It changed the way i see other people. This book is a must-read and. If you could only ready one book, let this be it.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    Moving

    Sam is an African American boy who comes of age in 1960’s Chicago. He is torn between the peaceful civil rights protests of his father and the Black Panther action of his older brother. This book is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Well written books about racism generally piss me off, and this book had my emotions thoroughly engaged. The performance on the audiobook was also fantastic—the reader emotionally charged his voice at just the right levels at just the right times. I would recommend this book for older teens, but it should be screened before given to younger people. There is some realistic violence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    To the typers of nookbooks: YOU MADE A TYPO!

    In chapter twelve, page 191, you MADE A TYPO!!! INSTEAD OF TYPING THE "T" in "The", you put a "W", spelling "Whe." Its the first word in chapter 12, page 191!!! Fix it. Whe is not a word. Othet than that, its a good book so far.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2011

    Dull and Repetitive

    Kekla Magoon explores the era of the late 60's during the civil rights movement in Chicago, where Sam Childs, son of the known activist Roland Childs (both of which are fictitious characters), deals with the harsh reality of inequality and the decision between his father's method of non-violence and his brother's newfound ways of the Black Panther Party. He struggles between the two while juggling his relationship with his "girlfriend" Maxie. I found the relationship completely ridiculous and far too serious for their young age of thirteen. Magoon spends far too much time inside of this relationship than I thought was really necessary. The overall feel of the book was dull and repetitive as my title dictates. Sam endeavors into the same thoughts in every chapter, never seeming to make any progress in his thinking. The story itself progresses dreadfully slow and touches few aspects of Sam's life or the setting of the late 60's. Reading this book was a complete waste of my time.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

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    A rock and a hard place

    Sam is a young boy stuck between the peaceful beliefs of his father and Martin Luther King Jr and the righteous thoughts of his older brother, Stick, who becomes a memeber of the Black Panthers. This book won the John Steptoe (Coretta Scott King) Award 2010 for the author's talent, and talented she is. After reading this book, I have passed it on to family members and friends. Readers can follow Sam as he faces obstacles and cruelty due to the Civil Rights movement. The details in this novel presents the ideals, barriers, and victims duing one of the most poignant era of American history. It is a book that should be placed on the shelves of both the classroom and the home.--FTD

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