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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442422300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442422308
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 6-9-In this compelling, stand-alone companion to The Rock and The River (S & S, 2010), 14-year-old Maxie Brown is caught up in the 1968 turmoil of the civil rights and Vietnam War protests in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention. She desperately wants to prove herself worthy of becoming a Black Panther, like her older brother, Raheem. Her determination to belong gradually alienates her from her cautious childhood friends and motivates her to find the traitor who is alerting police about Black Panther operations. When she discovers who's behind the leaks, her decision changes her world forever. Maxie lives in the projects with Raheem and her single mother. The Black Panther Party helps her feel secure and empowered in a world in which poverty, violence, and injustice are rampant, and she wants the ultimate emblems of Black Panther membership: a jacket and a gun. This provocative portrayal of a teenager's quest for identity, belonging, and recognition transcends time and place. Readers will readily become engaged by Maxie's zeal, her efforts to understand the people around her, her desire for acceptance, and her conflicting emotions. A strong cast of characters, vivid re-creation of documented events, and insights into the Black Panther message and actions add authenticity to Maxie's powerful coming-of-age narrative.-Gerry Larson, formerly at Durham School of the Arts, NCα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Kekla Magoon has worked with youth-serving nonprofit organizations in New York City and Chicago. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and her first novel, The Rock and the River, won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. She resides in New York City and you can visit her at KeklaMagoon.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PDXbibliophile on May 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Fire In The Streets is the sequel to the outstanding The Rock and The River, but it is a very different kind of story. While The Rock and The River focused mostly on the relationship between brothers Sam and Steve, Fire In The Streets takes the reader into the heart of the Chicago Black Panther campaign during the summer of 1968. The fear and frustration of growing up in inner city Chicago is bearing down on young teen, Maxie. After participating in the Black Pather summer programs for kids, Maxie desperately wants to join the party. She is inspired by the determination and revolutionary spirit of the Black Panthers. Maxie is tired of feeling powerless and useless. Working at the Black Panther offices not only gives her purpose, but a place to escape the poverty and insecurity at home. But working in the office is not enough. Maxie wants to be trained as a Panther soldier, so she can patrol the streets, document police brutality, and protect victims. Kekla Magoon's historical events are so detailed and gripping, the reader is completely caught up in the passion and violence of the Democratic National Convention riots, police harrassment, and anti-VietNam War fervor. Kekla Magoon also shows the Black Panthers historically accurately including the many social service and education programs they set up in the poorest neighborhoods, the Panther Ten-Point Platform, rules for the use of guns, and legal advice for people arrested without cause. Fire In The Streets is an excellent historical fiction about a time that is often ignored in YA literature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By makna Bowen on December 19, 2013
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This book was a great sequel to rock and the river both very Outstanding! Kekla Magoon has things in her book that you will never even know is gonna happen it's awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By samy on October 4, 2013
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I think is a good book for young adult readers.Easy to read and tells you a littel more about a time when you have to be careful of what to say and who you can trust.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved The Rock and the River and was very excited to get my hands on this book. I did not think it could possibly rival The Rock and the River, but it absolutely does! I may even love this book more in large part because of the strong main character, Maxie. Fire in the Streets is a beautiful book that I could not put down. It is a YA novel but is great for adults as well. It is a very accessible book but still offers powerful and thought-provoking themes.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wolfgang Chamberlain on September 7, 2012
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This book is a companion novel to the author's first novel, The Rock and the River. Even if you haven't read The Rock and the River, I think you would enjoy this. It touches on themes of loyalty, family, struggle, and difficult decisions, all in a way that is highly readable for almost all audiences.
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