Thursday, May 23, 2013

STUDENT REVIEW - The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The Lions of Little Rock
By Kristin Levine
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group, 2013
320 pages (paperback)

Two girls separated by race form an unbreakable bond during the tumultuous integration of Little Rock schools in 1958.
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. (from

I think it was a good book because it was heart-warming. It made me want to keep reading! Just a dash of romance and it would have been perfect ;-) (not really!). I would recommend this book to a middle schooler because it touches on the fact that racism happened merely 50 years ago.
--Sequoia R.

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