Warriors Don't Cry [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Warriors Don't Cry

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Overview

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, finally, 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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013287860
  • Publisher: Tantor eBooks
  • Publication date: 10/19/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 26,455
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 400 KB

Meet the Author

Melba Pattillo Beals earned a bachelor's degree from San Franciso State University and a graduate degree from Columbia University and 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.
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  • Posted December 13, 2011

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    Highly Recommended - you must check it out

    This book spoke to me to never give up. That i can make a change even at a young age. I think the authors purpose and reason for writing the book was to show teens and children that we can all make a difference no matter how old or young we are or color and race cause at the end were all on the same planet and same world.I think the author was communicating that we can all are diverse and different and that what makes us and that were all here together. What i learned from the book is that i can make a change no matter what race, short,tall, i am cause when we come together as one world we can all make a difference and make a change. I would recommend this book because it is very powerful and inspiring to me and hopefully to do the same with others .

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    An absolute must read

    This book should be required reading for all students. It was a powerful and uplifting story and everyone should be aware of what people had to endure and the sacrifices people made for humanity. This book is good for middle school students to the retired. We should all feel the reality of what happened.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    great book, i came multiple times. semen is everywhere

    great book, i came multiple times. semen is everywhere

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Truly breathtaking and magnificent

    This book was awesome! It is good for anyone 12 and over, though I read it at age 9. Melba Pattillo Beals dealt with the horrors of segregation since birth, when her mother was denied help from white doctors and nurses. I personally believe, as did her family, that God spared Melba.
    At age five, she was vindictively denied entrance to a merry go round.
    At age twelve, a crazy white racist guy tried to rape her. However, she was determined that she could be able to integrate so she signed
    up for a integration program. Her name was broadcast over the radio. Over the year at high school, melba dealt with death threats and other things. However, she trusted in God, which I personally believe saved her. I recommend this to anyone who has lost faith in God.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    Warriors Don't Cry - Novel of Heart and Strength

    This book is a memoir on the inspiring journey of Melba Pattillo Beals and the rest of the "Little Rock Nine" as they fought to survive as the first African American students to attend an all white school (Central High) in Little Rock, Arkansas. This book is very intense and completely full of courage. Its very inspiring, which is one main reason I enjoyed it so much. I very much loved reading about the student's incredible fight for freedom and loved capturing their feelings from their experiences with dealing with the unfair circumstances they faced because of the color of their skin. Their journey was definitely a rough one, what they had to go through was unbelievable. Their attitudes were mostly positive, as they tried to keep their heads up and ignore all the prejudice and the heartless remarks. Somehow they survived and succeeded and changed the lives of every African American in the 1950s. This is one of my favorite books ever. It was so suspenseful and full of brave and heroic individuals that I respect so much. I was so involved in this book and would love to read another exactly like it. I am so glad I took the opportunity to relive the crazy live's of the Little Rock Nine.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    touching

    This book tells what people had to go through so that we could all have the same education. This book was so touching and an eye opener for the young people who think that have it hard in life....they have no idea what these people went through that we didnt have to do. All young people should read this book no matter the race. Very good book!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    i think it was good

    i think it was good

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Do nont want to read it

    J

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Annonymus

    U itiots this is a true story i love this book

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Amazing

    Super good. Our English teacher had us read it once. This story is truly captivating.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Great read

    Its such an intersting book. It really taught me some thing about what it was like back in the day!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Great

    I read this book a few years back and the actual events talked about put you right into the 60's and a small but difficult part of the civil rights movement. I also found it awesome how it was written by one of the actual little rock nine. A great work to display unfairness and to prevent repeats and stop such acts like these from happening.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    wanted to put the book down within a few pages :(

    i was assigned to read this book as a school project. i go to a school in an area where the population is mainly black and Hispanics. i am the only white student in my school. many students have made racist comments towards me.know not all black people are like this and many are nice, but some still blame me for slavery and this book will just fuel there need.
    im only to about pg 40 but already it seems that there making many white people the enemy and i know that there really racist people in the that time. but i feel that there ware many exaggerations and i know that some people act the way but really? almost everyone in that town would try to harm you and chase you? i feel that they try to make to make the white population seem so vulgar.
    i understand that they were like that but i felt i dont know. and to tell you the truth i..... i dont know mabye the book will change and i feel different but for know i dont believe some of things that are happening, but maybe they did i just dont understand how that happened when today i dont know any white people are racist towards any other race
    and this happened only 40 years ago i just dont like reading a book where they portray white people like this
    i may be really wrong, but please dont be offended by my thougts or think im racist

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    Needs to be a Nook Book

    I am looking to buy this book but only if it's in Nook Book format. I need to read this book for school. It is required. I would really appreciate it if you could make this a Nook Book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2011

    very happy

    Book is a great condition and arrived in good bubble package in a timely fashion.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Good Book

    It was very good book but i find it lacks edginess it was a clincher i can asure u dat but i didnt lyk da format needs a few more pictures it is very realistic.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    Warriors Don't Cry Review

    Melba Pattillo Beals has written an excellent nonfiction book, Warriors Don¿t Cry. Warriors Don¿t Cry tells the story of the fight to integrate Little Rock¿s all white high school, from the point of view of a student. Melba was a student in an all black high school in the 1950¿s when the federal court ordered Little Rock to integrate its public high schools. Melba was one of the first nine African American students to attend all-white Little Rock High School. She tells the reader about what people did or tried to do to her in sharp detail. This book focuses on the challenges faced by the pioneers of integration, and it shows the courage it took for Melba and the other black children to walk through a mob to go to school every day. It has many lessons to teach, and this book is one of the best books that I have ever read. I loved it. Warriors Don¿t Cry is a wonderful book because it brings to the surface the way people really acted. It is almost unbelievable, but it is painfully true. Melba writes that almost three weeks after the mob stopped her first attempt to enter the school she was finally able to enter the school. However, that day she was forced to leave because the mob wanted to kill them. One of her Little Rock teachers said that, ¿`We may have to let the mob have one of these kids, so¿s we can distract them long enough to get the others out.¿¿ I can not even imagine how it would feel to go to school with the fear of being spit on, beaten up, having dynamite thrown at me or even being killed with a knife. It took great courage for Melba to go to school each day knowing that any of these things might happen to her and that almost none of the teachers would do anything to stop it. The author¿s ability to show this makes this book amazing. Melba¿s book shows how she overcame her fears of going to school. When she was afraid and cried, she talked to her grandmother who she trusted. Melba¿s grandmother told her, ¿`You¿re a warrior on the battlefield for your lord. God¿s warriors don¿t cry, `cause they trust that he¿s always by their side¿¿ (57). This statement, along with many more from her grandmother, allowed Melba to face down her fears of the people in and around school and go back every day. This book taught me about the ways that people can act, the courage that people are capable of having, and their ability to overcome fear. These lessons made this book truly wonderful.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2006

    Fantastic BOOK

    This book puts you into the real shoes of 16 year old Melba Patillio. This is a great book that i recommened to everyone....especially to anyone who likes friendships, trust, and civil rights. READ THIS BOOK

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    Warriors Don't Cry

    Melba was one of the Little Rock Nine, the first nine children to integrate Little Rock's Central High. This non- fiction book written by Melba Beals herslef, shows the integrationists' hope and the segragationists' hatred. It shows how awful people really can be, but also how nice and helpful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006

    Loved the courage of these teenagers

    This was a fabolous book about nine warriors who attended a crazy racism school. These kids are heroes for doing the right thing wich was not fighting back but fighting for their education. Cuz i probaly would have been killed, going through the harsh and painful stuff they went through from their own school mates.Think god for the little of the right-minded white people who attended their school.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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