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The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
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Feb 10, 2012

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bookshelves: middle-school, 2012-kids-ya, 2014-caudills

Set in Arkansas in 1959, this is the story of a friendship between twelve year-old Marlee and a new girl in school, Liz, who passes as white until she is caught emerging from an African-American church by a gossipy classmate. The story depicts some of the complexities of the time by showing conflict between Marlee's dad, a teacher who supports integration of the public schools, and Marlee's mom, who fears reprisals against her family if they appear to favor integration. The story also displays the anger some African-Americans felt toward white integrationists who at times unthinkingly put blacks at risk. The book reminded me of Yankee Girl, a similar story set a few years later. Both books are geared to kids in grades 5-6 and are well worth reading.

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