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The Rock and the Riverby Kekla Magoon
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In 1968 Chicago, itand#8217;s not easy for thirteen-year-old Sam to be the son of known civil rights activist Roland Childs. Especially when his older brother, Stick, starts keeping to himself. Then, one day, Sam finds something under Stickand#8217;s bed that changes everything: literature about the Black Panthers. Suddenly, nothing feels certain anymore. And when Dr. King is shot and killed, Samand#8217;s fatherand#8217;s words are no longer enough to make him believe in changeand#8230;.This moving, coming-of-age story gracefully encompasses the scope of the struggle between the civil rights and black power movements through an intimate and relatable lens.
The Rock and the River is Kekla Magoon’s poignant debut novel about an African-American boy's search for identity and brotherhood set in 1968 Chicago.
About the Author
Kekla Magoon has worked with youth-serving nonprofit organizations in New York City and Chicago. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and her first novel, The Rock and the River, won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. She resides in New York City and you can visit her at KeklaMagoon.com.
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