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Everything’s changing for twelve-year-old Marlee. Her brother’s gone off to college and her sister’s moved out of the room they’ve shared since Marlee was born. To Marlee, it feels like her whole world’s falling apart.

On top of all that, she’s starting middle school and has to break in new teachers - teachers who don’t yet know Marlee doesn’t talk. At least not until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is she’s brave, brash and always knows the right thing to say, especially to the resident mean girl, Sally. Liz even helps Marlee overcome her fear of speaking. But when Liz leaves school without even a good-bye, the rumor is that Liz was really a colored girl caught passing for white. Marlee decides that doesn’t matter. She just wants her friend back. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are even willing to take on segregation and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families.

©2011 Kristin Levine (P)2011 Listening Library

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Great historical fiction

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! I went out and bought the book after I listened to it. The book is set in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1958...The Little Rock 9 events were in 1957. It's the story of two girls, one nearly silent and one outspoken, who become fast friends in an era where it wasn't acceptable for a white girl to be friends with a black girl. It's about finding your voice in an uncomfortable situation. This is an excellent historical fiction book for middle schoolers.

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great

great history lesson told in a compelling way. excellent for kids and adults alike. recommend for ages 7 plus ...

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I LOVE this book! Very Good! LOVE THIS BOOK! IT IS A VERY LOVELY BOOK!

I would recommend it to everyone! It is very good! Very Very Very VERY GOOD!🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😋😋😋😋😋😋

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Hella gay

This book is hella gay but it's says bigger a few times so that is good

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Excellent Read

I truly enjoyed reading this book. The use of imagery and symbolism made the novel intriguing. This historical fiction is a wonderful read for anyone, especially young adults.

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eye opener to events afters little rock 9

it may be fictional but it certainly reads like a non-fiction. great book for discussions

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family enjoyed it on long road trip.

my family listened to this story on a long road trip and all enjoyed it. interesting story.

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  • JB
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  • 02-11-16

Loved it!

This was a great story. The Cherished friendship between the two little girls was so SWEET! I liked reading how Marly found her voice to speak up about a whole lot of things. Chose this book as a black history book for me and my 10 year old granddaughter, even thou it was fiction.