Cracking the Wall

The Struggles of the Little Rock Nine

From the Series On My Own History

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

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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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Diversity, Social Studies
Copyright 1997
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 1997-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.5
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
Dewey 379.2'63'0976773
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 540
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 3.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 25249
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides


  • Arkansiana Award, Winner, 1997



“Bringing the story to life are expressive paintings that clearly show the rage, unhappiness, and dignity of the people involved in the conflict.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“. . .Well written. . . Making the events memorable for young readers. . . The ideal supplement to units on civil rights and African-American history.” —School Library Journal

MultiCultural Review

“Students will be inspired by the courage of the youngsters . . .” —MultiCultural Review

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