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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,279 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melba Pattillo Beals Narrator: Lisa Reneé Pitts Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, brought the promise of integration to Little Rock, Arkansas, but it was hard-won for the nine black teenagers chosen to integrate Central High School in 1957. They ran a gauntlet flanked by a rampaging mob and a heavily armed Arkansas National Guard—opposition so intense that soldiers from the elite 101st Airborne Division were called in to restore order. For Melba Beals and her eight friends, those steps marked their transformation into reluctant warriors—on a battlefield that helped shape the civil rights movement.

Warriors Don’t Cry, drawn from Melba Beals’s personal diaries, is a riveting true account of her junior year at Central High—one filled with telephone threats, brigades of attacking mothers, rogue police, fireball and acid-throwing attacks, economic blackmail, and even a price upon Melba’s head. With the help of her English-teacher mother; her eight fellow warriors; and her gun-toting, Bible-and-Shakespeare-loving grandmother, Melba survived. And, incredibly, from a year that would hold no sweet-sixteen parties or school plays, Melba Beals emerged with indestructible faith, courage, strength, and hope.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beals looks back on her Little Rock experiences as ‘ultimately a positive force’ that shaped her life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Pitts [brings] passion to the story and makes us feel the immediacy of Beals’ experience.”


  • “Beals, one of the nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, AR, in 1957, tells an incredible story of faith, family love, friendships, and strong personal commitment.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A profoundly uplifting—and also a profoundly depressing—account of the integration of Central High in Little Rock.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Trina | 2/20/2014

    " Great read! Simple but sincere and inspirational. Everyone should read this book. It provide the reader with good insight into the history of integration and the civil right movement in this country "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lesley | 2/17/2014

    " I think I've read this before but loved it again. I would highly recommend it. What a brave girl!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Franki Acevedo | 2/13/2014

    " So, i just finised this book! I loved it from beginning to end! Very powerful and inspring! What stuck with me was "...to see ourselves reflected in every other human being and respect and honor our differences." Unfourtunately, thats a very hard thing to do, but I will always try... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janell Sims | 2/7/2014

    " I really liked this book because it showed the readers how it really used to be. It gave the readers a different way of segregation and made me think a little bit, not a whole lot, but a little bit on racism. "

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About the Author

Melba Patillo Beals earned a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and a graduate degree from Columbia University, and she worked as a reporter for NBC. Warriors Don’t Cry was an ALA Notable Book for 1995 and won the 1995 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award.