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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,170 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kristin Levine Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Everything's changing for twelve-year-old Marlee. Her brother's gone off to college and her sister's moved out of the room they've shared since Marlee was born. To Marlee, it feels like her whole world's falling apart.

On top of all that, she's starting middle school and has to break in new teachers - teachers who don't yet know Marlee doesn't talk. At least not until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is she's brave, brash and always knows the right thing to say, especially to the resident mean girl, Sally. Liz even helps Marlee overcome her fear of speaking. But when Liz leaves school without even a good-bye, the rumor is that Liz was really a colored girl caught passing for white. Marlee decides that doesn't matter. She just wants her friend back. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are even willing to take on segregation and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/13/2014

    " This story to me was realistic fiction. The setting takes place in Little Rock in the 1950's when racial discrimination is at its greatest. The main characters in the story are Liz and Marlee. Marlee is extremely shy and doesn't talk much. When Liz becomes her friend, things begin to change. This book touches many topics like racial discrimination, justice, and voicing out your opinion. It's a great book for youth today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol Wilcox | 1/27/2014

    " I love it when I'm totally surprised by new historical information. And I found lots of surprises in LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK. I knew about the Little Rock 9, but had no idea that the schools in Little Rock were closed for a year after that. I agree with Karen Terlecky that this would be a great read aloud. If I was going to read it, however, I think I would spend a little time building background knowledge first. Maybe I'd show some footage of the Little Rock 9, and also read the author's note in the back before we read the book. Think this would be a great January read aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Holly | 1/25/2014

    " Re-read. First time through I listened to it. This time through I read it with a small group who read it during a civil rights unit. I liked it even better this time! My students loved it! This is such a well-told story about two girls living through a tumultuous time in Little Rock, AR, in 1958, and the complicated friendship they forge. The narrator of the audio version is very good. Marlee, the main character, is called "The Mute" by a few bullies in her town because she's shy to the point of never talking. Liz, her new friend, on the other hand, can't seem to stop saying whatever is on her mind. The two try to help each other with these character challenges, but there is way more to the story. It is a year after the Little Rock Nine, and schools have been closed because of the integration controversy. Marlee and Liz unintentionally end up right in the middle of the storm. I think Levine does a great job facing race issues head on but being sensitive to intermediate readers. The "n" word is used, however, so be be aware if you use it as a read aloud or hand it to kids. This book can be used for all kinds of literary elements - character development and motivation, importance of setting, theme, and symbolism (the lions at the local zoo are central symbols in the story). I'll definitely be introducing it to our Mock Newbery 2013 book group. I finished the audio on the way up to the Dublin Literacy Conference. I loved hearing Donalyn Miller and Sharon Draper!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shauna | 1/20/2014

    " Historical fiction, civil rights movement, integration, mild violence, language (n-word). Possible buy for the library., "

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