LITTLE ROCK by Laurie A. O'Neill


The Desegregation of Central High
Age Range: 9 - 11
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 Another in the Spotlight on American History series, Little Rock is an excellent and stirring account of the desegregation of Little Rock's Central High School in the late 1950s. O'Neill renders vivid and dramatic the stories of the nine black students selected as part of the integration project; young readers can admire their heroism while empathizing with their struggles. Photos that are poignant (like that of little Linda Brown standing with her coat open and arms clasped behind her back) or disturbing (white students taunting a black one; an angry mob outside the school brutally kicking a black journalist) add to the value of this first-rate book. O'Neill's dramatic presentation underscores the price of racism while illuminating a noteworthy historical event. Chronology; sources; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 9- 11)

Pub Date: Aug. 30th, 1994
ISBN: 1-56294-354-5
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Millbrook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1994