“Satisfying, gratifying, touching, weighty—this authentic piece of work has got soul.”—The New York Times Book Review
As twelve-year-old Marlee starts middle school in 1958 Little Rock, it feels like her whole world is falling apart. Until she meets Liz, the brand new girl at school. Liz is the whole lot Marlee wishes she might be: she’s brave, brash and all the time knows the correct thing to say. But if Liz leaves school without even a goodbye, the rumor is that Liz used to be caught passing for white. Marlee makes a decision that does not 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.
Winner of the New-York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize
A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice