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Publisher's Summary

In 1951, Carlotta Walls Lanier was one of the nine African-American students to integrate Little Rock High School, and the first to earn a diploma. Here she provides a firsthand account of her experiences - including the bombing that rocked her home, the constant threats she and her classmates faced, and the pressure and bullying her parents endured.

©2009 Carlotta Walls LaNier (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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"A worthy contribution to the history of civil rights in America." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Very insightful book

This book should be required reading of young and old alike. Fortunately this story cannot be torn down like other things in our history . Excellent book

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Outstanding

This book reopened my eyes to see where we were. It saddens me to know that we are still facing the same atrocities, but this book makes reminds me that we shall and will overcome. Thank you Carlotta Walls Lanier and the Little Rock Nine

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Audiobook Does not match the chapter

I am reading this book with my 8th-grade class. Students love the audio version because they don't have to read it aloud. However, it takes me 30 minutes to just try to locate the correct chapter. As the chapter as not correct with the bookmark label. For example, chapter 10 is actually chapter 7 being read. it is extremely frustrating.

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Inspiring

I loved this book. It was eloquently written with a powerful message. The “Little Rock Nine” are heroes. Carlotta Walls Lanier is an amazing woman. Thanks for telling your story.

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informative and well done

purchased because my son is reading the book in school. it helps his comprehension to have the book read to him with all the emotion and proper inflection. I loved the narrator. the only problem is the chapters do not match up. I believe they forgot to put a section for the prolgue.

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The best book I ever read

The review I gave was mainly really good. because this book was really good because i fill like knowing her and the rest of her friends story’s were the best. also I would tell my friends to let them know how good this book Is and how this book tells about racism and because of this seems the best book to read.

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Chapters aren’t matches up

Chapters on audio do not match up with book. Frustrating and hard to find pages.

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gud stuf

Very good book. Eye opening. I enjoyed the in depth detail of the constant verbal and physical abuse that these kids faces that helps the reader understand and connect with them. very well done.

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Beautifully told story

Ms Lanier's story exceeded my expectations. I cried with her and rallied behind as she told her story. After hearing her story I am filled with gratitude for the sacrifice she and her comrades made for me. Thank you Ms Lanier!

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A Mighty Long Way

Courageous story told exceptionally well. This book should be a must read in every High School Social Study or History Class in the USA. We must not forget.