The Strength and Power of Friendship.


Marlee (12) loves math. She is so quiet many people think she is mute. When Marlee becomes friends with Liz, the new girl at school, everything changes. The girls use their strengths to help one another grow. For starters, Liz helps Marlee talk more and be brave; Marlee helps Liz not talk at the wrong times and stay out of trouble. Then Liz is caught claiming she is white to get a better education and is expelled from school. In the little Rock of 1958, this wasn't allowed because of fears of race mixing. She never even said goodbye.

With Liz now at another school, Marlee is alone. Liz was the reason Marlee talked more, and was brave enough to face her fears. Se doesn't want to lose Liz as a friend and they talk on the phone and meet in secret. It just isn't fair, and Marlee decides to take a stand. Together, they try to make their town of Little Rock a more integrated place, despite facing the life threatening situations that are a result of their secret friendship.

BTSYA / Teen Reader (13):
The Lions of Little Rock takes on the hard topic of segregation. It is important to know about this history, so we aren't in the same. Readers 10 and up will find this an interesting book. Lions of Little Rock allows you to see in perspective of how hard it was for many people to live in a time like this.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers will find themselves transported to the 1950s and also very much in today's world. This is an uplifting, timeless story of friendship and triumph.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This is a fictional account of what it was like to live in a segregated town in the 1950s. Although set in Little Rock, it could be nearly any place in the United States.
Educational Themes:

The story presents both historical and personal themes that can open up important discussion.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 13
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The story tells an important part of history - and reminds us that a child's voice may be the most powerful of all.

Title The Lions of Little Rock
Author Kristin Levine
Publisher Puffin Books, a Penguin Random House Company © 2013 (Reprint Edition)
ISBN 9780142424353
Material Paperback
Cost $8.99
Genres Friendship, Historical Fiction, 1940s & 1950s, Social Issues
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