Marlee and Liz are determined to remain friends, but they can't go to the movies together or stay at each other's houses. Little Rock has closed the high school, so Marlee's sister, Judy, is sent to Pine Bluff to live with her grandma so that she can begin classes. Furthermore, J.T.'s brother, Red, is truly evil, and Marlee uncovers his plans for some stolen dynamite. All this is pretty overwhelming for the quiet little girl thrust into the powder keg of the Civil Rights movement, but Marlee is as heroic as any of the adults in her world. Though she begins by counting prime numbers in her head to avoid a jump from the high dive, Marlee faces her fears in the end to do what is right.
I tend to get stuck on authors and series. Once I find a writer that appeals to me, I tend to read all his/her books. Kristin Levine is just such an author because she brings to life times and places that fascinate me, and her stories are rich with characters who touch my heart. I want to be their friends or save them from their circumstances. Just like in The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had and The Paper Cowboy, The Lions of Little Rock relives the fifties with characters who are as relatable today as their settings.