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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Great historical fiction
Yes! I went out and bought the book after I listened to it. The book is set in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1958...The Little Rock 9 events were in 1957. It's the story of two girls, one nearly silent and one outspoken, who become fast friends in an era where it wasn't acceptable for a white girl to be friends with a black girl. It's about finding your voice in an uncomfortable situation. This is an excellent historical fiction book for middle schoolers.
- Philip J. Fry