The Rock and the River (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Rock and the River (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Kekla Magoon
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The Rock and the River (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Kekla Magoon

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780606144933
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 14 Years

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The Rock and the River 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
scarlett middleton More than 1 year ago
This book really opens your eyes to what was going on and i almost cried.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Book ! Would Be A Great Book To Learn About The Civil Rights Movement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is touching i almost cried
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socraticparenting More than 1 year ago
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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Preaty good book after all coildent ask for betta
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
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.