The Lions of Little Rock
Publish date: January 5th 2012
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages no: 298
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
, African American
It’s 1958 and there is a whole lot going on in Marlee’s life in Little Rock, Arkansas. For starters, twelve-year old Marlee doesn’t do much talking, at least out loud. In fact people make fun of her because of this issue. Starting middle school, Marlee knows she’s going to have some issues with th...
This is a highly readable self-realization story set in the school year when Little Rock's high schools were closed to avoid integration. The events of that time are a huge part of the storyline, yet it's also an interesting look at friend and family relationships. I liked how the ending was tied to...
This makes me cherish how fortunate I am to have trailblazers come before me and allow change. Hearing these stories my parents talked about being mentioned in this book (color passing, segregation, integration) seemed to make this book even more real. I could not imagine a world where I could not g...
The author does a brilliant job of portraying the segregated south of the 1950s but the plot seems sometimes overly calculated and contrived. The whole thing with Red and the dynamite is superfluous and Marlene getting trapped in the trunk of Red's car is totally over the top.
I think this one has a really good chance for a Newbery prize or honor. It's a story with a bit of everything, humor, friendship, family, but most of all it's about doing what's right, even when it's terrifying. Marlee is just starting middle school in the fall of 1958, the year after the Little Roc...
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