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Preview — The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
The Rock and the River (The Rock and the River #1)
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 lit...more
The story takes place in Chicago in the 1960's, and begins right before Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Fourteen-year-old Sam's father is an important civil rights leader who advocates nonviolent prote ...more
The Rock and the River is not your typical young adult novel taking place during the Civil Rights Movement. It doesn't present things as being black and white ...more
I think The Rock and the River suffers from first novel anorexia. It needs meat, det ...more
There's nothing new about the issues portrayed: the frustrations for youth of adult passive resistance and inaction in the face of the casual, petty hatred of ignorant whites and paranoia of most others, resulting i ...more
Thirteen-year-old Sam Childs is the son of prominent civil rights activist, Roland Childs. Roland is an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a supporter of non-violent demonstrations. Sam's brother Steven ("Stick"), meanwhile, is a budding Black Panther. A series of events - an altercation at a demonstration, the wrongful arrest of a friend (Bucky), finding a gun which Stick has hidden in their shared room, and getting involved with his girlfriend in Panther-related activities su ...more
I thought the book was surprisingly dismissive of women. The mother ...more
Appeal: This book is a great coming of age story. It is set in 1968 and deals with the Civil Rights Movement in the US, so those interested in history will find a lot of interesting facts and insights into this time period within this book. Even though 'The Rock and the River' is a pretty lengthy chapter book, it is packed full of thrills and drama, and is told in the first person by likable Sam, a 13 year old boy, which make this novel a fa ...more
Are You The Rock Or The River?
For my book review, I choose the book, The Rock and The River by Kekla Magoon. It was published in April of 2010. This book was historical fiction, and the main theme was to always stand up for what you believe in, and stand up for yourself. The Rock and The River is the exciting and yet sad tale of a boy named Sam who gets mixed up in segregation.
In this book, Sam always knew he was treated differently for his skin color, and he hated that. His father, Roland Chil ...more
Older brother Stick has begun to question Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and has been secretly attending meetings of the Black Panthers, an organization whose philosophies are more aggressive than Dr. King’s and are di ...more
I'm not sure I've ever read a more powerful book about growing up and sons , good sons, making life choices that separate them from their parents. This is a look at the civil rights movement from the perspective of people who don't want to wait for equal rights to be given to them ...more
Whoa...Dion Graham has quite the voice for audiobooks--he's a name I plan on searching for in the next few months!
Roland Childs has grown up in the civil rights movement--his dad is a Chicago leader who is friends with Martin Luther King, Jr. Roland and his older brother Stick were raised as pacifists, but that's all about to change. It's 1968 and thing ...more
As issues of violence and poverty escalate in their community, Stick chooses to defy his father's belief in nonviolent protests and join the Black Panther Party. Sam is stuck in the middle. He wants to bel ...more