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n 1957, nine African-American students became the first to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Beals's memoir details the daily harassment, name-calling, and physical attacks to which she could not respond. Hearing Pitts passionately deliver the epithets hurled at Beals and her eight fellow students heightens the visceral, personal impact of this classic work.
Schanzer's dramatic narrative voice, primary source evidence, and atmospheric scratchboard illustrations combine to shine a meticulously researched, reality-show spotlight on the Salem Witch Trials. Almasy revels in the scandal and outrage propelling the events without trivializing the historical accuracy, clearly offsetting direct quotations and acknowledging primary sources.