The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

Book title: The Rock and the River

Author: Kekla Magoon

Bibliographic entry  Magoon, K. (2010) The rock and the river. (audiobook) Brilliance Audio.
Description A wonderfully woven tale that explores the nuances of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s in the United States.  Sam, the youngest son of a demonstration leader, learns first hand about racism.  He flirts with disaster as he learns to harness his anger into productivity.
Reaction Students are going to love this book. It’s a great step into historical fiction. Perfect for any teen, but especially for boys, it works through some of the harder issues of anger, courage and spirit. The Rock and the River is a beautiful analogy for change, a quest for identity and learning the difference between right and wrong.
Recommended age level Grade 7 and up
Subjects/themes  Racism, prejudice, social justice, freedom of expression
Curriculum connections  English: read a variety of student- and teacher-selected texts from diverse cultures and historical periods, identifying specific purposes for reading

History: describe the experiences of African Americans to the present time, particularly in connection with slavery, emancipation, and the civil rights movement

Awards  John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
Miscellaneous  Read by Dion Graham, a world-class audiobook performer

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