Lions of Little Rock
by: Kristin Levine - (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2012) 320 pages.
It’s 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas, when two girls form a friendship that places them at the center of the battle over school desegregation. Marlee is terrified to speak in public, until she meets Lizzie, who encourages her to find her voice. But local officials have refused to comply with federal desegregation orders, and Lizzie is suddenly forced to leave school because she is part black. The girls cling to their friendship, despite threats and simmering violence, and Marlee learns the importance of speaking up for what you believe even in the face of her own terror.
Perfect for: Kids who like historical fiction.
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