This is a young adult book about the Little Rock 9, but from a different perspective. Sharon Draper is not afraid to take on difficult subjects and confront them and has been honored with the Coretta Scott King Award for her bravery.

I appreciate her voice and that she brings this subject to the home, to a family. I remember as a student having my eyes opened by the book Across Five Aprils. For me, history suddenly was about real people and real families instead of just facts in a history textbook. 

Students and adults need more transformative reading experiences in order to have their views and ideas challenged and Sharon Draper certainly does that in this book. 

Fire from the Rock

By Sharon Draper