Fire From the Rock by Sharon M. Draper

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age Level: 14 and up

# of Pages: 229 p.

RAC Book: Yes

Sylvia Patterson lives in Little Rock, Arkansas in the year 1957. The big issue in her town is the new order to integrate their schools. Her older brother, Reggie, wants to be one of the lucky chosen few but due to his short temper he is not selected. Sylvia, on the other hand, is a smart level headed girl who has been chosen for the list of students to get interviewed for the integration. The students who are selected to integrate are not allowed to attend any school functions or belong to any school clubs, but many feel it is still important since they are making huge steps for future generations. As Sylvia gets closer to the imminent first day of school several acts of violence and prejudice begin to convince her that maybe she should just return to her own school.

The pressures put on these students before they ever entered the white school in Little Rock are discussed and explained in a way that any student can understand how these students must have felt going into this situation. Sylvia and her family deal with many acts of injustice and violence in this town and still want to believe and hope for a better life in the future. The actual incidents at Little Rock during the integration are not discussed as much as the events leading up to it, but the story really accents what those students had to go through and the courage they felt to even approach that white school. Students studying this time period will get a broader perspective of these students than they could ever get in a history book.

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45 Responses to “Fire From the Rock by Sharon M. Draper”


  1. 1 Yani Yanz November 25, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    diz book iz poppin!!!!!!!!

  2. 3 Tamara January 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    This book was vey educatinol

  3. 4 Sylvia February 24, 2009 at 12:27 am

    hello my name is Sylvia i loved this book because i brought back momeryz of when my granda mother told me stories the day the book came my granmaq bought it for me and told to read the whole thing then the next day she passed away the next day

  4. 5 dena April 3, 2009 at 1:24 am

    most boreing book i have ever read…:/

  5. 9 Lexie!!!! April 16, 2009 at 1:05 am

    AMAZING BOOKKK!!!!!!

  6. 11 kaoma April 16, 2009 at 6:55 am

    This book was pretty good, its kinda hard to write a review on it. [What im doing now]

  7. 12 tennile May 7, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    this book is amazing it makes you feel like you are really there and the author writes amazing books i have read many and i like them all this book is allsome

  8. 13 sls May 28, 2009 at 1:03 am

    i actually havent read it but have a report due. what i have read so far is very well written. i like it

  9. 14 lydia May 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    this book is very good and I would incouarge anybody that see this book they should read it

  10. 15 bianca June 24, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    this was very good and had alot of sperspectives. i really enjoyed and i am only eight and this book is for older kids

  11. 16 Anthony July 30, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Just wanted to say…Slyvia’s brother’s name is Gary. The Boy she likes is named Reggie

  12. 17 genesis August 12, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    i have not yet read this book but i am really looking forward to reading this book. i enjoy reading all of sharon m draper books.

  13. 18 Dionne September 4, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    My son had to read this book over the summer before he enters into high school. I must say I also read it and it was remarkable and touching to the heart. It’s amazing what Afro Americans had to go through with the struggles and sacrifices. I respected Sylvia’s decision for the chooses she had make. My mother lived through this era while in grade school and had an opportunity to integrate but choose not too. I think all kids should read this book as a requirement, after reading it your surely get something out of it as a learing experience.

  14. 20 Denise November 18, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I really, really like this book. It was very interesting and I learned a lot from it.

  15. 21 Rome January 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    i like this book very much, but i think you got one mistake.
    Sylvia’s brother’s name is Gary , not Reggie. Reggie is her boyfriend.

  16. 23 Amber January 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    i love this book because i like the action caues when i started i started of in action.that is why i liked it so much even though my teacher forced me to

  17. 24 harry March 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    this book was so amazing and sylvia looks super hot….im going to beat up reggie

  18. 25 katia May 13, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    i love this book it made me sad wen she got bit by that dog that was trained to attack negroes

  19. 26 abby June 4, 2010 at 4:07 am

    i loved this book.. now i just got to write a report on it !! i think all kids should try to read it because once you read a page you fall with the book .:)

  20. 27 tyra June 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    this book is so amazing. it teaches u the pressures and stuggles of those students chosen 2 intrgrate the schools. this book is 4 everyone. so please read it.

  21. 28 Taylor August 9, 2010 at 5:13 am

    this book is great andvery well written

  22. 29 DeVonte October 27, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Who ever wrote this review got it wrong. Reggie was her boyfriend, Gary is her brother’s name. You said she should just returm to her own school in the end of the first paraghraph. She would either attend Mann as a freshman. which means it would be her first year there. But everything else is cool ! (: But anyways this book was so good. They should make it where yu have to read this. Im sure everybody would love it. And part of it is true. Its based on what really happend. Central high was a real school in Littlerock, Arkansas in 1957.

  23. 30 tia November 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    i am reading this book in my class and so far it is wonderful i actually think it will have a good ending and that sylvia made a change and helped intergrate central high school.All schools.

  24. 31 mia walsh November 29, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    im reading this book in class:) i luv it!…..;)

  25. 32 Stephanie January 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    i loved this book because it’s telling what actually happened instead of fabricating it but im pretty sure Reggie was her boyfriend and Garys her brother? other then that the book was AWESOME ūüėÄ

  26. 34 laika April 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    This book is amzing . I like how sharon draper wrote about that story , it was so sad I felt like crying

  27. 35 Aaliyah June 11, 2011 at 2:07 am

    what was the plot of this book ?

  28. 36 Anonymous July 17, 2011 at 2:28 am

    i never read this book but i know its real good because i have to read it and its for a hughes high school

  29. 38 Anonymous August 14, 2011 at 1:51 am

    who ever doesnt like this book sucks.

  30. 39 Anonymous August 28, 2011 at 2:44 am

    You people haven’t read the book, Sylvia’s older brother is Gary not Reggie LOOK AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE

  31. 40 Lexi ?? September 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    this book is really good. i really didnt even want to put it down. it only took me like 4 days to read it because i read it continueously. i loved it and would recommend it to anyone !

  32. 41 Anonymous October 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I really really really like this book…. It had me think about how life was back then… and that wasn’t nice how they use to do black people…But other then that I love the book….

  33. 43 Anonymous March 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    im looking forward to reading it

  34. 44 Geri March 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    This book is amazing! And my friend says hello!

  35. 45 Anonymous January 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Great Book love it


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