The Lions of Little Rock

by: Kristine Levine

In Little Rock, Arkansas, the schools are closing.

And no, it's not because of a blizzard. Marlee is 12 now, and isn't looking forward to talking at school this year. But then she meets Liz. Liz convinces Marlee to speak in a big history presentation, but when the day comes to speak in front of the class, Liz nowhere to be seen. Marlee hears that Liz was colored, but light enough to pass for white. Will Liz and Marlee ever see each other again, or will Marlee lose her best friend?

This is Marlee.

Marlee is 12, and has an older brother and an older sister. She has long and wavy dark brown hair, which she often wears in braids. She has clear brown eyes, and loves to hear the lions at the zoo roar.


  • Calm
  • Loyal
  • Shy

This is Liz.

Liz is 12 as well, and has a little brother. She has short dark hair, and clear brown eyes. Her dark skin can easily pass as a simple tan, enough to pass as a white girl going to a white school.


  • Encouraging
  • Adventurous
  • Fierce

The Lions of Little Rock is a story of courage and fear

Jet Pack Blues - Fall Out Boy (Lyrics)

Man vs. Society

Liz and Marlee are unwillingly part a society where people treat other people differently because of the color of their skin. The people of Little Rock have to re-open the schools and try their best to fix the racist society they live in.

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"Can a girl be white one day and colored the next?"
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"Of course we're scared," said Mrs. Terry. "But you can't let that stop you."