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The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The Lions of Little Rock (edition 2013)

by Kristin Levine

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A well written book. I enjoyed the main characters .... I thought the feelings and struggles they went through felt real and true to the time period. Definitely a 7th grade and above read - and 1 that can spark lots of interesting dialogue. ( )
  pickleroad | Nov 10, 2016 |
This was the first book i ever read that brought up the issue of racism. Having the book from the view of Marlee makes it very interesting because you get an understanding of how young children don't really know what is wrong with having a different skin color. In my opinion, children are taught by their parents and their surroundings to be racist and this novel backs it up. Marlee and Liz's friendship helped me understand at a young age what racism is while still being an entertaining, good book to read. ( )
  sheridenschwertl | Nov 8, 2016 |
haven't used yet, looks good. good reviews
  saltedcarmel | Jun 7, 2016 |
It is 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the year after the famous Little Rock Nine integrated into a local high school. Marlee, aged twelve, is about to start middle school. Her older sister, who is supposed to be starting high school, is unable to due to the closure of her high school to avoid integration. Marlee struggles with extreme shyness and very rarely speaks to anyone other than her immediate family. This changes when she meets Liz, a new girl at school who has no problem saying whatever is on her mind. Liz teaches Marlee how to talk to others and how to stand up for her beliefs, while Marlee teaches Liz how to remain calm and refrain from saying what is on her mind out of anger.

One day Liz is absent and Marlee is told that Liz will not be returning to school. Later Marlee finds out that Liz is really a light-skinned African American and was attending school passing as a white student. As Marlee’s parents and siblings struggle with their different viewpoints about school integration, Marlee struggles with staying friends with Liz in a world where a cross racial friendship can lead to death.

In this historical fiction novel, the author Kristin Levine deals with the difficulties of friendship and going against the grain in a segregated society fighting against integration. ( )
  Msnem | Apr 10, 2016 |
An interesting read about the events in 1958-19599 when Little Rock, Arkansas dealt with the integration of their public schools. This book would work well with a class that was studying the events of that time period, and then wanted a piece of literature to go along with it.
  KristenNevala | Apr 9, 2016 |
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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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