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The Lions of Little Rock

Title

The Lions of Little Rock

Authors

Kristin Levine

Publisher

G.P. Putnam's Sons

Publication Year

2012

ISBN

9780399256448

Pages

298 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

630L

Diversity Topics

Racial Diversity; Interracial; Race discrimination; interracial friendship; racism; segregation; prejudice

Main Character

female children

Race/Ethnicities

Black / White

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Arkansas Teen Book Award, 2014, Honor, Grade 7 up
Cybils Awards, 2012, Finalist
Land of Enchantment Book Award, 2015, Winner, Young Adult
Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2014, Winner, Historical Fiction
New-York Historical Society Children's History Book Prize, 2014, Winner
100 Magnificent Children's Books, 2012 Older Chapter Books
Amelia Bloomer List, 2013 Middle Grade Fiction
Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth, 2012
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2013
Distinguished Books, 2012 Fiction
Heartland Books Recommendation for Life-Long Readers - Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2012 Young Adult
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2011
New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2012 Stories for Older Readers
Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 2013
NYC Reads 365, 2015 Ages (7-11)
NYPL Children's Books 2012, 2012 Chapter Book
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 2011
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, 2012
Teachers' Choices, 2013 Advanced Reads
VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, 2012
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2013

Keywords

school integration; Little Rock, Arkansas; friendship; middle school; fear of speaking; public schools; math; tolerance

Diversity Impact

direct

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