Warriors Don't Cry

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 24, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 240 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - quiBee - LibraryThing

This book was absolutely searing and I was devastated after reading it. The systematic, constant harassment, vile comments and behaviour these young people had to put up with during their school year was horrifying and their bravery in sticking it out was incredible. Read full review

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User Review  - rgruberexcel - LibraryThing

RGG: Accessible, despite being pratically unbelievable. The personal experience of one of the Little Rock Nine's first year at Central High School is detailed in horrific and courageous detail. This is the compelling history of an American teenager. Interest: YA Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
24
Section 4
33
Section 5
47
Section 6
61
Section 7
69
Section 8
90
Section 12
141
Section 13
151
Section 14
157
Section 15
174
Section 16
183
Section 17
195
Section 18
204
Section 19
233

Section 9
107
Section 10
114
Section 11
124
Section 20
234
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About the author (2007)

Melba Pattillo Beals is a journalist and member of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who were the first to integrate Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas.