Character Analysis: The Rock And The River

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The Rock and the River, by Kekla Magoon, is a book about an African-American pre-teen named Samuel Childs, who is living in 1960s Chicago. The quote: “Bravery is not the absence of fear. Bravery is acting even though you’re afraid,” can relate to this book. Throughout the book, Sam faces the realization that his childhood is leaving him. So, as an effort to become an adult, Sam feels that he must be brave, even though he is scared of what could happen to him. Sam feels that he needs to protect his girlfriend, Maxie, so he can show her that he is brave and strong. However, Sam’s only motivation is to get Maxie to like him, which is not very mature, thus meaning he is not really an adult yet. When Sam’s father, Mr. Roland Childs, is stabbed in
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