Cracking the Wall: The Struggles of the Little Rock Nine


A brief introduction to the nine African-American students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.

A brief introduction to the nine African-American students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.

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A brief introduction to the nine African-American students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.

A brief introduction to the nine African-American students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
This easy reader with an attitude introduces kids to U.S. race relations history through a recounting of the 1957 standoff during the integration of the Little Rock, Arkansas, Central High School. Although the narration of events is somewhat simplistic, Anthony's fifties' style illustrations evoke the period rather well.
School Library Journal

Gr 1-5 - In 1957, nine African-American teenagers made history by integrating Central High School in Little Rock, AR. There was danger, and the young men and women involved showed the strength of character necessary to clear the way so that others might follow. The book by Eileen Lucas (Carolrhoda Books, 1997) celebrates their achievement. Charles Turner reads the simple yet effective narrative, enhancing the dialogue with unique voices for each character. Occasional music and sound effects add emotional emphasis. While the watercolor illustrations by Mark Anthony suit the text well and will be appreciated by students in small listening centers, the story has enough power to stand alone, making this a good choice for a whole-class listening activity. An excellent selection for Black History month, the powerful and inspirational message is worth hearing year round.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA

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School Library Journal
Gr 1-3In 1957, nine African-American students entered Central High, an all-white high school in Little Rock, AR. This picture book tells their story. It is well written and describes personal characteristics of the individuals involved, making the events memorable for young readers. The full- and double-page illustrations lend drama to the text. An introductory "Author's Note," an afterword, and a time line provide background information. This easy-to-read title will fill a void in many libraries. Used in conjunction with biographies on Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., etc., it is the ideal supplement to units on civil rights and African-American history. Students will glean much information on segregation and teachers will find it particularly useful as an introduction to school integration.Lauri McKain-Fernandez, Highlands School, Birmingham, AL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575052274
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: On My Own History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 467,764
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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