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Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High Reissue Edition
Contributor(s): Beals, Melba Pattillo
ISBN: 1416948821     ISBN-13: 9781416948827
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: July 2007
Annotation: Originally published more than a decade ago, this searing account of the 1957 integration of Central High School in Little Rock--an ALA Nonfiction Book of the Year--is written by one of the black teenagers chosen to become warriors on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
School integration; Arkansas; Little Rock; History; 20th century; Juvenile literature.
African American students; Arkansas; Little Rock; Biography; Juvenile literature.
School integration.
Dewey: 379.2/63092
LCCN: 2007279452
Lexile Measure: 1000
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 7.25" H x 4.25" W x 0.75" (0.30 lbs) 226 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
An innocent teenager.

An unexpected hero.

In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, "Brown v. Board of Education," Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School.

Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob's rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down.

This is her remarkable story.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1995 January #1)
The author forcefully recalls how, at age 15, she and several other black teenagers were chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High following the passage of Brown v. Board of Education. (Feb.) Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1997 August #3)
The author was one of nine black teenagers who in 1957 integrated their high school despite violent retaliation. (Aug.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1994 March #4)
One of the nine black teenagers who integrated Little Rock's Central High School in 1957 here recounts that traumatic year with drama and detail. Beals, who is now a communications consultant, relies on her own diary from that era and notes made by her English teacher mother--as well as dubiously recreated dialogue--to tell not only of the ugly harassment she was subjected to but also of the impressive dignity of a 15-year-old forced to grow up fast. Arkansas governor Orval Faubus set the tone of the time by resisting integration until a federal judge ordered it. Although Beals was assigned a federal soldier for protection, the young integrationist was still attacked and prevented from engaging in school activities. She recalls stalwart black friends like Minniejean, who was suspended, and a white classmate who surreptitiously kept her informed of the segregationists' tactics. Beals looks back on her Little Rock experiences as ``ultimately a positive force'' that shaped her life. ``The task that remains,'' she concludes, ``is to cope with our interdependence.'' Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (May) Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1995 March)
Gr 7 Up-Beals, one of the nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, AR, in 1957, tells an incredible story of faith, family love, friendships, and strong personal commitment. Drawing from the diaries she kept, the author easily puts readers in her saddle oxfords as she struggles against those people in both the white and black communities who would have segregation continue. Her prose does not play on the sympathy of readers; it simply tells it like it happened. She shares the physical, mental, and emotional torture and abuse she suffered at the hands of teenagers and adults. She also shares the support, the encouragement, and the help she received from both whites and blacks. While the book's length may discourage younger readers, those who begin it will find the reading easy and fast. This abridgement of the author's 1994 adult title of the same name is fascinating as well as enlightening and honest.-Valerie Childress, J.W. Holloway Middle School, Whitehouse, TX