The Lions of Little Rock
Title: The Lions of Little Rock
Author: Kristin Levine
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine, tells a story about the early years of racial integration, and how two young girls are affected by the prejudice that seems to rule the town. The main character has severe social anxiety and the other entered school passing as a white. They become good friends, and the girls grow the courage to take on segregation and danger in order to remain friends and affect change in their town. J fiction, but an excellent read for any age.
-Deb D. at Cascade
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.