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The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The Lions of Little Rock (original 2012; edition 2013)

by Kristin Levine

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Title:The Lions of Little Rock
Authors:Kristin Levine
Info:Puffin (2013), Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:chapter book, segregation, friendship, family, racism, school, integration, 1950s, confederate, south, bravery, fear

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The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine (2012)


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Lions of Little Rock is set in 1958-1959 in Little Rock, AR. It is clear that Levine has done her research. Her descriptions of the characters and the events that unfold in Little Rock illustrate the tension and angst that was segregation in the South. The reader gets a clear picture of what it was like to live as both a White and African American. Levine does an exceptional job of drawing the reader in through the character development and plot. As a woman, I remember what it was like to be a middle school aged girl. I can relate to Liz and Marlee the two main characters. For young teens, they both have such strong feelings of what they believe. I can’t imagine growing up the South in such a time as they did. Levine uses the simple theme of companionship and friendship to help craft her plot. This novel would help children connect with what it may be like to live in this setting during this particular time in our country. The events that unfold would be easy for students to relate to, since most of the plot centers around integration in schools. Most children who attend public schools have a diverse group of peers, and I think they would be able to empathize with how it would feel to not have the choice of being friends with some of the children in their own classes. There is not a lot of background information on the events in America that led up to this particular year in history, so I would want to briefly educate young readers regarding segregation/integration first. ( )
  HeidiJones | Mar 15, 2015 |
This historical fiction novel takes place in Little Rock, Arkansas during the time of segregation. It follows the life of a young girl named Marlee, and her friendship with a girl whose race is different than her own.
  adriennelaine | Mar 11, 2015 |
Read for Historical Fiction Novel Assignment.
  gmustain | Dec 7, 2014 |
Marlee is a little girl who has a great fear of speaking to anyone that is outside of her family. Because of this, Marlee does not have many friends at her school. This changes when Marlee meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz helps Marlee to overcome her fear of speaking, but it looks like that is all going to change when Liz leaves the school due to rumors that she is an African American girl who is trying to pass as being white The two girls decide that their friendship is more important and take on integration while ignoring the dangers it could cause their families.

This chapter book tackles the historical topic of integration in the school systems. Though children reading this book now may not have to think about issues of integration, there may be other factors that are influencing their friendships. Reading historical books can help children to connect the school topics that they learn about history with their home life readings. ( )
  acahil3 | Oct 14, 2014 |
Integration in Little Rock in 1958 from the perspective of a middle school student .
There is a lot to this book. Different takes on the main theme. A friend of the main character who tries to 'pass'.
The effect of the school boycott on families. Intolerance, fear and hatred of changing by those who cling to their beliefs. Very well done, a great middle school read and upper elementary. Definitely a history lesson and discussion starter for an American history class.
SSYRA 2014 ( )
  librarian1204 | Jun 18, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 039925644X, Hardcover)

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.

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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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