Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

It's 1958 in Little Rock. Twelve-year-old Marlee doesn't talk. She can talk, but mostly chooses not to.

This can present problems sometimes, especially at school. Now that Marlee's beginning middle school it's especially uncomfortable for her because it's a whole new school with new teachers.

However, when Marlee meets Liz, the new girl in school, Liz finds ways to make Marlee talk. Little by little, Marlee comes out of her shell, but suddenly one day Liz doesn't come to school - and never returns.

Remember this is 1958 and in the south many schools were segregated - only whites were allowed. Rumors fly that Liz is really an African American trying to pass as a white girl.

This is a story about friendship, civil rights, and how people react when their world is changing. The Lions of Little Rock is really a terrific book. If you enjoyed Countdown, you will love this novel. This is really a worthwhile read!

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