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The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
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The Lions of Little Rock (edition 2013)

by Kristin Levine

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Read an advanced reader copy of this and really enjoyed it. It tells the story of Little Rock's school integration after the Little Rock Nine. It takes place during the year that schools closed rather than obey the order to integrate. A somewhat different perspective. ( )
  keindi | Jan 23, 2016 |
This book expresses the challenges people faced for fighting for integration and the consequences it caused. In this particular story the political view made it hard for the main character Marlee, a young girl who became friends with a color girl caught passing for white named LIz.
  angoneal | Dec 5, 2015 |
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 |
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I talk a lot. Just not out loud where anyone can hear.
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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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