Fire from the Rock

Fire from the Rock

by Sharon M. Draper

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Overview

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 into flame. When the smoke clears, she sees clearly that nothing is going to stop the change from coming. It is up to her generation to make it happen, in as many different ways as there are colors in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142411995
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/18/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 137,930
Product dimensions: 8.18(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.61(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Sharon M. Draper lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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"Draper offers an emotional tale about integrity, justice, and determination." -KLIATT

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Fire from the Rock 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Jenny114 More than 1 year ago
FIRE FROM THE ROCK takes place in Little Rock, Arkansas. This book is amazing. I absolutely loved it! I admire Sylvia for being so strong and brave when she had to make such an important and life changing decision. I admire her for realizing that it's up to her and her generation to make a difference. Back then, segregation was a serious issue and some people thought integration was even worse! I'm glad that segregation is over or our generation would suffer the consequences. This book is great and the poems in this book were beautiful, meaningful, and inspirational. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a book with heart!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well plotted book. The characters' thoughts are well understood and you can easily describe all the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in my fifth grade classroom and the story touched my heart. Even though there are gruesome parts they are overcome by the amazing details. At many parts of the story there are climaxes and you would think there was only one but the author can get your heart beating nomatter what age. I recomend this book for adventure seekers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I've ever read read!!!! I think it actually helps people who don't know that much about the civil  rights  movement an excellent way to draw  readers. I  LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Recommened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book! I was so amazed when i read this book because i actually found something worth reading. I am going to read all of the books the author writes
Keroppi227 More than 1 year ago
Sharon did a magnificent job writing this book. I love this book!! A+
awesome14 More than 1 year ago
The name of the book is "FIRE FROM THE ROCK", written by Sharon M. Draper. It takes place in Little Rock, Arkansas. This book has a lot of feeling because the book makes you feel sorry for her and so many other emotions while reading. I absolutely loved it! I admire Sylvia for being so strong and brave when she had to make such an important and life changing decision. The plot of the story is basically how Sylvia, who hates white people, gets chosen to attend an all white school. She wants to go, but at the same time, doesn't want to leave her friends behind. Back then, segregation was a serious issue and some people thought integration was even worse! I'm glad that segregation is over or our generation would suffer the consequences. What I loved about the book the most were the poems. They were what really caught my attention because they were beautiful, meaningful, inspirational and even more emotional than the book itself! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a book with heart!
Rosibel More than 1 year ago
Fire from the rock was a great book. I liked it because it was about segregation. This book though me that back then black and white people really hated hated each other. Sylvia Patterson was chosen to integrate the school. A couple other students from the black school were chosen. Sylvia was not sure if she wantad to make a change. I would recommend this book to my friends or to other people. I really liked the ending. The author did a fantastic job. The book was easy to read so any person can read it.
jackie0718 More than 1 year ago
Fire from the Rock by Sharon M. Draper is an amazing book. This is a really good historical book because it takes place during the Civil Rights act. More over it talks about an African American girl who struggles with racial threats and comments. If you are a person who likes romance and mystery this is a book I will recommend to you. Like I say I will recommend this book to somebody that likes mystery and romance. This time I want to be more specific and recommend this book to all color people. Why? Well because I think that all black people should get an understanding of how much suffering and miser their ancestors had to go through. I am recommending this book because as a girl I need to get to know and understand what was going on with black people long time ago. Sharon M. Draper is one of my favorite's authors after AVI. Her book Fire from the rock is phenomenal. I will like to read another book by her. The book that I have in mind is November's Blues. This book starts when a teenager name November Nelson loses her boyfriend, Josh. Josh left something behind that will change Novembers live forever. Now November has faced with the biggest decision she would ever imagine. So now I can't wait to know what did Josh left behind.
cnesbitt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great plot, wonderful message. I love the characters and I enjoyed reading about how differently they dealt with the challenges of racial prejudice in the late 1950's. The only thing I did not like was that sometimes the author did too much "telling" and not enough "showing."
bfoye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great work of historical fiction that tells about the struggles African American students faced during the first high school integration efforts in Little Rock. I think Sharon Draper is a great writer, and my students love her books, too.
kdibelka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great story of the integration of public schools in 1957 in Little Rock. The story gave a face to the struggle the nine students faced that first day. This was a seemingly accurate account of that day and all that led up to it. The strengths of the book included historical accuracy and a character that today's students could relate to in a very readable format.
crimson_idealist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: When integration comes to Little Rock, AK, Sylvia is asked to be one of the first African-American students to initiate it.Evaluation: The great thing about well-written historical fiction novels is how they are able to put you in the shoes of the main character. Not only do you learn history, but you get to experience it. Draper presents Sylvia's thoughts and feelings about this important time in 1957 Arkansas. The reader really feels what she is going through and how integration is a big decision for such a young girl. Very well done.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent story told from the perspective of a teen who almost became one of the Little Rock nine, but backed out at the last moment. The story focuses more on the action going on in the town prior to the integration, and does a great job of establishing the setting.
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is historical fiction about the Little Rock integration case where President Eisenhower had to send in the army in order to escort 9 black students into a white school. The book is written from the point of view of a black teenage girl who has been recommended to be one of the students to integrate. She has to decide whether to risk her well-being, leave her friends and school activities in order to be a part of this historical event. I wish more of the book had dealt with what happened when the integration actually occurred, instead of spending so much time before the event. Also, there's a violent incident that occurs in the protagonist's life prior to the integration which seemed contrived to me. Still, it's a good book on an important topic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it because it was well thought out, and it wasn't rushed at all. I also liked the fact that it had a fair amount of action in it, which kept me exited, and most of all, I liked the history behind all of it and how it fits in perfectley with the story..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I loved it
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This book is great, I love Mrs. Draper
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named sylvia. She faces many obsticals in here life such as a fire. She is accepted to be a big hero... but is debateing wether shes going to do it or not. She finally gets a boyfriend when something terrible happens... read the book to find out!
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Sharon M. Draper is a wounderful author i lov this book i would recommed this to people who like ro read and those who dont it is an oit standing book..........