The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
Reviewed By: K.H.
The dramatic story of Sam Childs and his family in The Rock and the River is intensified by the deep and eerie voice of the audiobook narrator, Dion Graham. Sam is the son of Roland Childs who is a Civil Rights leader and works closely with Martin Luther King, Jr. For his whole life Sam and his brother were taught the importance of peaceful protest and activism to guarantee the rights of all people. However, it is difficult for his brother to sit by and watch as black families in their town continue to lose their jobs, suffer maltreatment from the police and live without being able to meet their basic needs. Sam’s brother, Stick, finds the answer in the Black Panthers. Together with the organization he provides breakfast for children before school and works hard to start a medical facility in the poorest part of town. The dissonance between Roland Child’s peaceful activism and Stick’s forceful demands for human rights leaves Sam feeling useless and confused, mirroring what young children in dire situations may still feel today. The Rock and the River will keep readers at the edge of their seat and reminds us all the importance of standing up for human rights.
Why I Picked it Up: I picked this book up for class.
Why I Finished It: It was so intense that I couldn't put it down.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about civil rights and family values that don't always mix.
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