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 li...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
The story centers around Sam Childs, a young teen living in Chicago at the end of the civil rights era and the beginning of The Black Panther Party movement. He and his older brother, whom he calls Stick, are the sons of civil rights activist Roland Childs, and have been taught and exposed to his ideals of nonviolence and "passive resistance."
Both Sam and Stick ...more
The two main characters who are the sons are Stick and Sam. Stick is the older brother who is secretly part of the Black Panthers, ...more
I think The Rock and the River suffers from first novel anorexia. It needs meat, det ...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
Review: Sam Roland, the narrator of this novel, is the 13 year old son of Roland and Marjorie Childs. His father, an attorney and organizer for Martin Luther King 19s movement involving civil disobedience, has taken an oath of non-violence. Sam and his brother become physically involved in a riot during a non-violent protest and a speech by his father. His brother is hurt and is taken to the hospital where they are treated lik ...more