The Rock and the River

  • by Kekla Magoon
  • Narrated by Dion Graham
  • 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For 13-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.
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.
Sam wants to believe that his father is right: You can effect change 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?


What the Critics Say

"While the image of the Black Panther Party is somewhat idealized, this is an important book about a historical reality that has not been dealt with in juvenile fiction." (School Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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brought the racial. problems home to the family level. insightful and moving. junior high really enjoyed this story
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- Cynthia Rooley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio