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Fire from the Rockby Sharon Draper
Synopses & Reviews
It's 1962, and Kitty's father, who works for the government, has been assigned to an Indian reservation in Oregon. All the teachers at Kitty's new school are white; the other kids are nearly all Indian. In addition to the discomfort of being new and in the minority, Kitty faces active hostility from the other students. She sees at first hand how widespread, and how deep, race prejudice goes in the community, and even within her own mind and heart.With the passage of time, she comes to understand that different groups have their own versions of the history she has learned in school, and that the "discovery" of America took place long before the whites arrived. Friendships and allegiances, mischief, baseball, mourning, humiliation, the courage to stand up against injustice and the desperate struggle to survive a forest fire--all are woven into the compelling account of Kitty's growing season at Warm Springs. Based on the author's childhood experiences, at a time when the civil rights movement was just beginning, this is a fresh look at age-old transitions: coming of age and coming home. Includes Author's Note.
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 the change from coming. It is up to her generation to make it happen, in as many different ways as there are colors in the world.
Can a white girl feel at home on an Indian reservation? Based on the authors childhood experience in the early 1960s, this debut novel centers on Kitty, whose father is a government forester at Warm Springs Reservation, Oregon. Kitty is one of only two white kids in her class, and the Indian kids are keeping their distance. With time, Kitty becomes increasingly aware of the tensions and prejudices between Indians and whites, and of the past injustice and pain still very much alive on the reservation. Time also brings friendships and opportunities to make a difference. Map, authors note, glossary, and pronunciation guide.
About the Author
Sharon M. Draper is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller We Beat the Street and the author of many other books for young readers. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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