Cracking the Wall: The Struggles of the Little Rock Nine
Cracking the Wall: The Struggles of the Little Rock Nine
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Series: On My Own History   

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Annotation: A brief introduction to the nine African-American students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.
Genre: Education
Catalog Number: #4635915
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 1997
Edition Date: 1997
Illustrator: Anthony, Mark,
Pages: 48 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-575-05227-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-575-05227-4
Dewey: 379.2
LCCN: 96045003
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This simply written book recounts the story of the desegregation of Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas. An author's note briefly summarizes the conditions of segregation, the 1953 Supreme Court decision against school segregation, and the decision of nine black students to enroll in Little Rock's Central High. Lucas introduces each of the students as individuals, then follows them through their three-week ordeal, concentrating on the day they tried to enter the school; the day they succeeded in entering by a side door but were forced to leave after a few hours for their safety; and the day federal troops ensured their right to enter through the main door and attend classes. An afterword provides follow-up information on the students as well as the 195758 shutdown of the Little Rock high schools. Bringing the story to life are expressive paintings that clearly show the rage, unhappiness, and dignity of the people involved in the conflict. (Reviewed February 15, 1998)
Horn Book
This careful treatment of the historic integration of Little Rock Central High School provides a glimpse into the struggle to desegregate schools in the South. The writing creates just enough tension to allow readers to feel the danger the nine students faced while simply exercising their rights. Illustrations on every page support the story, and an author's note, afterword, and time line are included.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3--In 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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Word Count: 1,403
Reading Level: 3.5
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 25249 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q02579
Lexile: 540L
Guided Reading Level: R
Fountas & Pinnell: R

In 1957, nine teenagers were chosen to be the first black students to attend all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. A small group of people in Little Rock, including the governor of Arkansas, wanted to keep them out. But those nine students knew they had a right to a good education. And they would do anything to crack the wall that had kept black people and white people apart.

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