FIRE FROM THE ROCK by Sharon M. Draper


Age Range: 11 - 15
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Sylvia is completing her last year of middle school, and she’s excited about going to the local high school with all her friends. But this is not a typical coming-of-age tale because the setting is Little Rock, Ark. in 1957, and there are important decisions to be made that will affect not only Sylvia but all African-Americans. Central High School is to be integrated and Sylvia has been selected as a candidate to enroll. If she attends her segregated school, she’s guaranteed a good education as well as an abundance of activities and an assured social life. If she goes to Central, she will be prohibited from participating in clubs, sports and all social events, and will definitely be subjected to threats and danger to herself and her family. In the end, she chooses the option that is right for her. Draper evokes the escalating tensions and violence of that seminal summer, giving them a sense of immediacy via a strong central character. Compelling. (Historical fiction. 11-15)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-525-47720-4
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2007


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