Synopses & Reviews
andlt;bigandgt;andlt;bandgt;The Time: 1968 andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; The Place: Chicagoandlt;/bandgt;andlt;/bigandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; 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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Sam has always had faith in his father, but when he finds literature about the Black Panthers under Stick's bed, he's not sure who to believe: his father or his best friend. Suddenly, nothing feels certain anymore. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Sam wants to believe that his father is right: You can effect chnage without using violence. But as time goes on, Sam grows weary of standing by and watching as his friends and family suffer at the hands of racism in their own community. Sam beings to explore the Panthers with Stick, but soon he's involved in something far more serious -- and more dangerous -- than he could have ever predicted. Sam is faced with a difficult decision. Will he follow his father or his brother? His mind or his heart? The rock or the river?
About the Author
Kekla Magoon is the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning and NAACP Image Award-nominated author of The Rock and the River. She lives and writes in New York City, but travel around the country presenting book programs and writing workshops for teens and adults. Kekla also writes non-fiction books for the educational market, and is coeditor of Young Adult and Children's Literature for the arts journal Hunger Mountain. She holds a B.A. in history from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.