100 word review: The Rock and the River, by Kekla Magoon
1968, Chicago. Thirteen year old Sam is the son of a prominent civil rights activist, a protegée of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but the Black Panthers have come to town; his older brother Stick believes in their message.
What’s amazing about this book is how it does not fulfil expectations: Hollywood will never pick up this script, because it doesn’t portray anyone as right, wrong, good, or evil. There are complex choices to be made, as in life, and their effects will be measured in human souls and blood. Buy it for a young person. Read it.