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Fire from the Rock
Sharon M. Draper
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Fire from the Rock

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,205 Ratings  ·  198 Reviews
Sylvia is shocked and confused when she is asked to be one of the first black students to attend Central High School, which is scheduled to be integrated in the fall of 1957, whether people like it or not. Before Sylvia makes her final decision, smoldering racial tension in the town ignites into flame. When the smoke clears, she sees clearly that nothing is going to stop t ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 18th 2008 by Speak (first published August 16th 2007)
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Jun 23, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sylvia Faye has been selected to be put on a very important list... a list that help change the country. It is 1957, and Sylvia lives in Little Rock, AR. She has been chosen to be one of the students to integrate the "White" Central High School. Sylvia is finishing her junior high years, and Draper has created a not-just-your-normal coming of age novel. Sylvia is growing up, and she is doing the normal growing up things like getting her first boyfriend, maintaining her good grades and being exci ...more
Possible book for civil rights lit circles.

Sylvia Faye Patterson is finishing her eighth grade year in Little Rock, Arkansas. The city is a boiling kettle of unrest over black and white segregation. Youths of both color are hot blooded and hot tempered in their words and actions, buoyed on by adults of the same mindset. Physical violence is a norm on the streets in spite of Martin Luther King Jr's preachings. Sylvia's father, the preacher, and her mother are very conservative and feel prayer and
Ashley W
Every time I read a book about the Civil Rights Movement, I always get chills when reading about what my people have had to go through in order to get the rights that already should've been ours. Fire From the Rock is no exception.

It's about the integration of Central High School by the Little Rock Nine as seen through the fictional eyes of Sylvia Faye Patterson. Sylvia, the smartest girl in her class, has been told that she is one of the teenagers being considered for integrating the all-whi
Tiarra Andrews-owens
Sylvia Patterson lives in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. Sylvia is a shy and smart girl who is unaware of her abilities. Sylvia lives with her little sister Donna Jean, her big brother Gary, her mother, and her father who is the pastor of a church. Sylvia’s whole world is changed when she is selected to be one of the first black students to go to a previously all white school. This book would be very educational to people who have little knowledge of the integration of school and the problems t ...more
Joslin Fields
May 22, 2013 Joslin Fields rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book to someone because it teaches as well as entertains. Fire from the Rock by Sharon Draper is about a teenage girl named Sylvia. Sylvia has been given the opportunity to be one of the first blacks to interstate into Central High School. not only will Sylvia have to face a tough decision, but she'll also have to face horrible discrimination from both black and white people.

I first read this book as a fifth grader and again this year as an eight grader. I believe the int
 Ruth Noemi Rojas
I just want to thank the Lord for allowing me the opportunity to read this book.This book is about Sylvia Patterson and the way her family struggles with racism. She has a brother named Gary, who is hardheaded, and a little sister named Donna Jean, who was my favorite character. The school board of Education has chosen several children based on their academic performance to integrate Central High School. Being such an excellent person, Sylvie is chosen.;) Will she decide to go to Central High sc ...more
I loved this book because it's written with honesty and sincerity. Sharon Draper is my new favorite author. Mainly because she deals with topics that need to be dealt with. Her books are written with class. I spent some time thinking DJ's voice was too mature for her actual age of 8 but then I realized she grew up in time period where children went through so much and perhaps the voice that you were hearing is the maturity that she had gained through experience and seeing things that a child her ...more
Integration is coming to Little Rock and Sylvia Patterson's name is on
the list of black students recommended for integrating Central High.
Sylvia is excited about her role in history but differing opinions are
coming at her from all sides: Her angry brother Gary doesn't believe in peaceful action to obtain civil rights. Her new boyfriend Reggie wants her to stay with him at Mann High, the black school. Her parents worry about her safety. And it seems the black community is counting on her to do
Feb 12, 2015 Akasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it could of had more excitement cause like it was kinda boring and I did fall asleep. The thing I did like was that it had a lot of drama and the parts that it did have drama were the exciting part. The thing I didn't like was that like I said it was boring and I didn't like it well the parts were it was boring. Some of the parts that were boring were when they were like at home doing nothing and I know that it is give details but those parts were really boring for me just cause its's no ...more
Mrs. Nicole
Feb 14, 2011 Mrs. Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great historical fiction novel set during 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas amidst the time of integration. The book is based on the nine students who were part of the first movement toward integration. Sylvia, fictional character, is chosen by her teacher as one of the students who will be integrating the all-white school. As she works to overcome her fears and make her family proud she wonders if she is really up to the task of being a hero.
Indiya S.
Jan 07, 2015 Indiya S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was good, it taught me many life things like how to star strong and if u want really want something go and do it even if its tough.This book had many emotions and life lessons.
Nikki Trueblood
Mar 30, 2016 Nikki Trueblood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rated this book four stars because although it had a great, realistic main character and was set at a very dangerous and stressful time, the plot wasn’t very interesting. The entire book consists of Syliva debating whether or not to go the the white high school even though she is black. (SPOILER ALERT! Sylvia ends up not going to the white high school. I was not expecting that, but it didn’t make the book very interesting.)

My favorite part was when a family was put through some really hard tim
Jun 27, 2008 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An important book about the forced integration of Little Rock's schools in the late 1950's. Once again I find Draper's desire to "teach" us through her character's dialogue forced and unnatural. All in all, though, a compelling story that surprised me with some of its plot twists.
Malcolm Shephard
Feb 23, 2015 Malcolm Shephard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book is really (Action) like, because the beginning of the book is about Sylvia getting bet by a dog and having deep Bruises. And the end of the book is all about Sylvia's boyfriend (accidentally) blowing up the Crandall's store. But that is problem the best book I read this year. Its my style and my family's style. I mean I don't look like an Exploding, School, Action, Love kinda guy its my personality. But the thing is about the main character, Sylvia Patterson, she needs to learn how to G ...more
Emmanuel Munoz
Feb 23, 2015 Emmanuel Munoz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was great it was about a girl named Sylvia and she wanted to be in this school but she had to wait to be in it..She has one sister and one brother and her mom and dad are nice to her and instead of there parents getting mad at Mr.Crandall they would not because they are good people that would just say don't do anything because it could get worse and Sylvia and her brother would get mad at Mr.Crandall for what he has done.He trained his dogs to bite black people.In the beginning of the ...more
Genesis Barnett
Feb 23, 2015 Genesis Barnett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 5 stars because it's not only a lesson book but it showing what colored people did to fight. It shows to me that people have confidence and even though they know something is gonna happen they still choose to do it. This book was mainly about a family living usually trying to stay wealthy and clean as they could. One of the daughters Sylvia is asked to be in the group where you fight against the whites. While on the other hand Sylvia's brother Gary wants to be in it but he is to ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Josebejar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great book and I recommend other people to read it the book is about how a girl named --- just wanted to integrate schools and stores. All she wanted to do is help other African Americans to have the same rights as white people did. Even if it is fictional she was stringing in the right direction for all blacks and she did the mot important thing. She did not use vileness wen she did it she was tiring to do. To do the get in to school for a better edification. For her own good to ...more
Kyle Weiscopf
Mar 03, 2016 Kyle Weiscopf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book because it was one of the best I have ever read why because it had a lot of action. It took place back in 1957 where Sylvia one of the persons kids can only go to school with black people in Little Rock Arkansas. It also had a lot of emotional pieces such as Sylvia's Brother Gary who got beat up by the Smith Brothers. Usually like at the end or towards the end it had some action the store got blown up. finally Sylvia went to a white school and she got trapped and they ...more
Apr 04, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars

I wasn't expecting to like this book very much. Sure, I loved Out of My Mind, but my worry was that I liked it primarily because of the topic (a girl with cerebral palsy), rather than because Draper was a particularly good writer. She obviously wasn't a bad enough writer for it to be distracting, but I was worried that with a less engaging topic, she'd just be boring. But I'm happy to say that this largely wasn't a factor here. This is partly because segregation is still a pretty int
May 28, 2012 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I believe in the goodness of people, sir, and the power of young folks like us to overcome what grown-ups like you might not be able to."

―Sylvia Patterson, Fire from the Rock, P. 129

This is a story that absolutely had to be told, and who better to give their perspective on such a weighty matter than Sharon M. Draper, whose words never fail to cut through the extraneous and get right to the heart of any issue? She writes this story, Fire from the Rock, to be a book emotionally accessible not
Subjects: African Americans, race relations, integration, and Little Rock, Arkansas. It has been almost fifty years since the integration of Central High School in Little Rock. Racism and violence marked this very important event in our nation’s history. It took steadfast courage and personal sacrifice to be one of “The Little Rock Nine”. Draper writes an excellent accounting of the thought process and emotional struggle Sylvia, her family, and even her friends go through as the time approaches ...more
Much like the other historical stories that I've read recently, Draper's story of the Little Rock nine was pleasant. It follows Sylvia, a black girl in Arkansas who is both wise and intelligent. She is raised by her father, a pastor, her mother, a teacher (in the black school school of course, in the 1950s), and her older brother, who is more violent and than non-violent, which gets him into trouble with the white boys in the area.

Now, there is a call for the black youth to integrate Central Hi
MarKEITHIA_83 Thornton
Fire From the Rock was about a time during segregation in the 50's. The Patterson family which included the daughter Sylvia,Donna Jean (dj)mr. and mrs. patterson, and son Gary. The book started out with Donna Jean getting bit by a white family Crandall. It all started out wrong. Also in this book Sylvia was going to an all black school called Mann High School. She also had a boyfriend named Reggie. Anyways people were trying to intergrate Central High School which was an all white school.Sylvia ...more
Eli Schuster
Aug 11, 2009 Eli Schuster added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eli by: Ms. Murphy
Wow this book was amazing!!! I'm glad we don't have to worry about getting lynched or anything on our first day of school, and I'm glad this part of history was for the most part over before I was born. But racism still goes on. I know that much. A guy road his bike past my mom and I in a grocery store parking lot (he was black) and yealled "stop being so white!" i don't even know what he was talking about but I know he needs to stop being so close minded and ignorant. I think racism is more tow ...more
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The book Fire From the Rock is book about the Civil Rights movement. Sylvia Patterson is a girl who lives in Arkansas. She has a older brother, and a younger sister. Sylvia has to deal with many things school, family, friends, and of course boys. There is one abnormal thing that Sylvia has to deal with that no young girl should have to deal with, it is segregation. She has to put up with people picking on her her family, and the people like her. Sylvia is a very smart girl, and she has been cho ...more
Sylvia Patterson is shocked and confused when she is asked to be one of the first black students to attend Central High School, which is scheduled to be integrated in September 1957, whether the citizens or governor of Arkansas like it or not. Before Sylvia makes her final decision, smoldering racial tension in the town ignites into flame. When the smoke clears, she sees clearly that nothing is going to stop the change from coming. It is up to her generation to make it happen, in as many differe ...more
Rebecca Radnor
Covers the first group of African American students to integrate white schools in Little rock, AK., from the standpoint of a fictional girl who was chosen to be part of the group but ultimately chooses not to (hence keeping the list of students who did, true to the historical record).

It starts out kind of heavy handed and slow, lecturing about racism. None of the characters are written with dialectical speech patterns. Midway through the book the story really picks up speed and becomes a page t
Bailee Koehler
May 17, 2011 Bailee Koehler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mariyamou Drammeh
Oct 28, 2010 Mariyamou Drammeh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to learn about history in a fun and exciting way.
Recommended to Mariyamou by: My friend
Fire from the Rock was an amazing book! I picked this book because of the author. I read a lot of Sharon M. Draper books; she is an great author. Also my friend read the book and told me that it was amazing so I decided to read it. One thing I loved about this book is the author really makes it seem like I know this character as if it were a real person. It has a lot of feeling and really makes the reader understand what these characters have to go through. Well, I kind of expected it to be grea ...more
Apr 03, 2009 Annabella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I AM NOT ALREIZA OR WHATEVER THAT GUYS NAME IS!!! i have no clue what happened.....

This was an amazing book! I read it for my BHM book (the assignment from Sally)! My grandmother was visiting from LA and she gave it to me. The funny thing is, she didn't even know that I was supposed to read a book for BHM, so she really read my mind by giving it to me! I am so glad she gave it to me because I thought it was a powerful, moving, really good book! It's about a girl named Sylvia who is chosen by her
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Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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