The Rock and the River

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About The Book

In 1968 Chicago, it’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 Stick’s bed that changes everything: literature about the Black Panthers. Suddenly, nothing feels certain anymore. And when Dr. King is shot and killed, Sam’s father’s words are no longer enough to make him believe in change….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.

About The Author
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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

Product Details
  • Publisher: Aladdin (April 2010)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416978039
  • Grades: 5 - 9
  • Ages: 9 - 14
  • Lexile ® HL550 ? The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Awards and Honors
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (AZ)
  • Texas Tayshas High School Reading List
  • Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee (NJ)
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award Nominee (CT)
  • Capitol Choices List (DC)
  • Rebecca Caudill Award Master List (IL)
  • Virginia Readers’ Choice Award Master List
  • Black Eyed Susan Book Award Master List (MD)
  • ALA Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Award
  • Eliot Rosewater High School Master List
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