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The Rock and the River

Dion Graham

The Rock and the River follows 13-year-old Sam in 1960s Chicago as he grapples with the ideological differences between his nonviolent civil rights activist father and his friend who joins the militant Black Panthers.

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A Gripping Coming-of-Age Novel

Set during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Kekla Magoon's acclaimed YA novel The Rock and the River follows 13-year-old Sam Childs as he navigates the ideological paths of his activist father and radicalized best friend.

Sam has always looked up to his father Roland, a leader in the nonviolent protest movement. But when Sam's friend introduces him to the Black Panther Party, he starts questioning his beliefs.

A Nuanced Portrayal of Activism

As tensions mount in Chicago, Sam struggles with the conflicting influences in his life. Should he stick to his father's nonviolent teachings or join his friend in the Panthers' calls for militancy?

Magoon insightfully explores the moral complexities of activism through Sam's eyes. Thoughtful and gripping, The Rock and the River offers an intimate look at growing up during a turbulent time of social change.

Additional Info

Book Name: The Rock and the River
Book Format: AudiobookFormat
Authors: Kekla Magoon
Narrators: Dion Graham
Genres: Teen & Young Adult
Audiobook Length: 6H43M
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Language: english
Publish Date: 2010-05-06
Last Price: 14.95 USD

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is the name of the book?

The Rock and the River

Who is the author of the book?

Kekla Magoon

Which award did the audiobook win?

Audie Award, Teens, 2011

Who is the publisher of the book?

Brilliance Audio

What is the book about?

The book is about a 13-year-old boy named Sam who is the son of a civil-rights activist. His best friend, Stick, begins to distance himself from Sam. When Sam finds literature about the Black Panthers under Stick's bed, he is torn between believing his father or his best friend. The story explores Sam's journey as he navigates the complexities of race, violence, and personal choices.

What conflict does Sam face in the book?

Sam is faced with a difficult decision of whether to follow his father or his best friend, his mind or his heart, the rock or the river.

What themes are present in the book?

The book explores themes of racial inequality, violence, friendship, family loyalty, and personal growth.

What are some of the user reviews about the book?

One reviewer mentioned that the story is a timeless tale about fathers, sons, and social events. They also highlight the relevance of racial hatred, radical political viewpoints, police power, and citizen abuse depicted in the book. Another reviewer found the book insightful and moving, appreciating how it brings the issue of racism to a family level.


10 reviews for this audiobook
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    Emily Johnson 19-Sep-2023

    I loved this audiobook! The Rock and the River tells a powerful story about the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of a young boy. The narration by Kekla Magoon really brings the characters to life and keeps you engaged throughout. Highly recommend!

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    David Thompson 26-Sep-2023

    The Rock and the River is such an important audiobook. It provides a fresh perspective on the Civil Rights Movement and the struggles faced by the African American community. Kekla Magoon's writing and narration is beautifully done, making it a must-listen.

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    Sarah Anderson 08-Oct-2023

    I couldn't stop listening to The Rock and the River! Kekla Magoon did an incredible job capturing the emotions and tensions of the Civil Rights era. The audiobook is both educational and gripping, a true masterpiece.

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    Jonathan Turner 23-Oct-2023

    The Rock and the River is a powerful coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. Kekla Magoon's writing transports you to that time and place, and you can't help but be moved by the characters and their struggles. Highly recommend this audiobook!

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    Michelle Diaz 08-Nov-2023

    I'm so glad I stumbled upon The Rock and the River audiobook. Kekla Magoon's storytelling is captivating, and she does a fantastic job addressing important topics like racism and activism. Highly recommend for both young adults and adults alike.

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    Brian Martinez 13-Dec-2023

    The Rock and the River is a thought-provoking audiobook that delves deep into the Civil Rights Movement. Kekla Magoon's writing style is immersive and her characters are relatable. I couldn't put this audiobook down!

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    Rachel Cooper 06-Jan-2024

    The Rock and the River is a gem of an audiobook! Kekla Magoon's writing is powerful and moving, and her ability to create authentic and relatable characters is commendable. This is a must-listen for anyone interested in learning more about the Civil Rights Movement.

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    Daniel Anderson 03-Feb-2024

    This audiobook, The Rock and the River, is like a time machine that takes you back to the Civil Rights Movement. Kekla Magoon's words are both poetic and impactful, and her narration adds an extra layer of depth to the story. I highly recommend giving it a listen!

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    Amanda Richardson 06-Mar-2024

    The Rock and the River is a captivating audiobook that sheds light on the struggles and triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement. Kekla Magoon's writing is powerful and her storytelling is engaging. I highly recommend it to all history enthusiasts.

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    Joshua Walker 15-Mar-2024

    The Rock and the River is a beautifully written and narrated audiobook. Kekla Magoon's words flow effortlessly, and she expertly captures the essence of the Civil Rights Movement. It's a must-listen for anyone interested in this crucial period of history.

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