Fire From the Rock

Fire From the Rock

Book - 2008
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In 1957, Sylvia Patterson's life--that of a normal African American teenager--is disrupted by the impending integration of Little Rock's Central High when she is selected to be one of the first black students to attend the previously all white school. Includes author's note and related websites.
Publisher: New York, NY : Speak, 2008, ©2007
ISBN: 9780142411995
014241199X
Call Number: y DRAPER 2008
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 21 cm

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"Sylvia is shocked and confused when she is asked to be one of the first black students to attend Central High School, which is scheduled to be integrated in the fall of 1957, whether people like it or not. Before Sylvia makes her final decision, smoldering racial tension in the town ignites... Read More »

In 1957, Sylvia Patterson's life--that of a normal African American teenager--is disrupted by the impending integration of Little Rock's Central High when she is selected to be one of the first black students to attend the previously all white school.


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JCLHeatherM Jan 08, 2020

Draper fictionalizes the real-life struggle to integrate schools in Arkansas creating a fictional protagonist (Sylvia) to stand alongside the 'Little Rock Nine' and encourage equality for all by attending an all-white school.

Draper does an excellent job of mixing history with fiction, drawing upon historic figures (Gov. Orval Faubus, Martin Luther King Jr. etc.) with fictionalized counterparts that represented citizens of the era.

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mieesha
Dec 23, 2010

this book vwas alright ive read better ones by her

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