The Lions of Little Rock

Levine, Kristin

(eBook - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Lions of Little Rock
Two girls separated by race form an unbreakable bond during the tumultuous integration of Little Rock schools in 1958 Twelve-year-old Marlee doesn't have many friends until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is bold and brave, and always knows the right thing to say, especially to Sally, the resident mean girl. Liz even helps Marlee overcome her greatest fear - speaking, which Marlee never does outside her family. But then Liz is gone, replaced by the rumor that she was a Negro girl passing as white. But Marlee decides that doesn't matter. Liz is her best friend. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are willing to take on integration and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group US, 2012
ISBN: 9781101550441
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.

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I personally think that this is a 5 star rate. I ended up getting a grain of rice on at dinner. It can't pull you away.

This book is awesome! It is mostly about a girl named Marlee who at first was the shy girl at school who barely talked but now she talks frequently like you and me. This story takes place in the 1900 when segregation took place. Marlee had a friend who turned out to be a African American, and Marlee wasn"t allowed to talk to her after everybody at school found out. But the problem is, Marlee didn't have anybody to talk to after Marlee's sister Judy moves in with her grandma.But everything turns out alright at the end.

This is a wonderful story of friendship, set against the backdrop of 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas. Many people know the history of the Little Rock Nine; the trailblazing African American students who were the first students to integrate the Little Rock high schools. But the story didn’t end there. This book looks at what happened after the National Guard left Little Rock. The high schools were closed that year, so that the schools couldn’t follow the federal orders to integrate. No high schools = no integration. Shy, twelve-year-old Marlee (who can, but doesn’t speak) watches how the unfolding events of that year affect her family: her teacher parents, her teenage sister, and college-aged brother. That year, Marlee develops a special friendship with new girl Liz, who brings her out of her shell. Liz is brave and sassy, where Marlee is quiet and reserved. Both girls are very smart and opinionated, and they develop an instant bond and deep friendship. One day Liz doesn’t show up for school, and the students (including Marlee) learn a startling fact about her. Liz has been “passing” for white, but is actually a very light skinned African American. The schools are still segregated, which means it is illegal for Liz to be attending Marlee’s school. This book looks at the civil rights movement from an unusual perspective: that of a twelve-year-old white girl. Her family, her neighbors, and her entire community take sides in the battle for civil rights and school integration. Some people even become violent. Marlee watches what is happening and develops a strong sense of self and of what she believes is right and wrong. Kristin Levine is one of my very favorite authors for young people. She writes about race relations from young people’s points of view. This is an outstanding and compelling story of an overlooked segment of American history Alexa Newman, Youth Services Librarian


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Jun 12, 2013
  • szarnstorff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book about encouraging friendships and saying something positive to a bully. Historical fiction about 1958 in Little Rock. Great Young Adult book about a colored girl who passes as a white girl to receive a better education and how she encourages a shy girl to stand up for what she believes in.


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