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Fire from the Rock by Sharon M. Draper
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Jul 02, 10

bookshelves: historical-fiction, ya
Read in July, 2010

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 patience are the only way that racial tensions will ever be eased.

Sylvia is an excellent student and a well rounded individual. It is these qualities that place her name on the list of students to integrate the all-white Central High School next fall. Convincing her parents, dealing with social pressures from adults in the community, and coming to terms with the beliefs of her friends will weigh heavily on Sylvia over the next few months as she wrestles with what her place in history will be.

This book is definitely more for girls since the main character delves into a lot of emotional boyfriend things. There are several astounding poems scattered throughout the book that would be great for Poetry Madness.
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