March 27, 2013
Review: The Lions of Little Rock
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
The Lions of Little Rock tells the story of what happened the year after the events of the Little Rock 9, when 9 brave African American students broke down the barriers of segregation at a time when the races did not mix. In 1958, the governor of Arkansas ordered the schools closed to block the federal forced integration of the schools. Marley is a middle school student who finds it very difficult to speak. She meets a new girl in her school, and the two of them become friends. Marley discovers that her friend is actually black, passing as white. Marley strives to maintain her friendship and deal with the cultural problems that put pressures on her family. This is a wonderful story of friendship against all odds. At times, it can stretch your ability to believe it as Marley and Liz are able to maintain their friendship given the time and place they live in, but the friendship overshadows that one complaint.
An excellent read that I highly recommend.
This review is based on a library copy.
Until next time, bon voyage and happy reading!