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Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon
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Aug 02, 2012

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bookshelves: african-american, chicago, historical, racism, teen-fiction, black-panthers, siblings, betrayal
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In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Maxie wants nothing more than to join the Black Panthers. She believes in all that they stand for and volunteers at the office every day in hopes of proving to everyone that she has what it takes to become a member. But, she keeps being turned down because they say she's too young. Tired of jobs she considers petty, such as stuffing envelopes and answering the phone, she comes up with a way to prove her readiness. Maxie is determined to find out who the traitor is that’s feeding confidential Black Panther information to the cops. What she uncovers turns her whole world upside down. She must decide what means more – family or comrades.
This companion to THE ROCK AND THE RIVER is not one to be missed. It offers a realistic view into the climate of American when the Black Panther Party was in its heyday.

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