Warriors Don't Cry

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Integration gone wrong
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Reader reviewed by Chris Naeger

The book Warriors Dont Cry by Melba Pattilo Beals is a classic book about integration in an all white school. The story is about a young lady named Melba who signed up to Integrate Central High which is an all white school, times were very tough they needed the nation guard to protect the black students in the school from the rebelling white community. This book gives you a perfect perception on life as a black teenager in this time. They were hated in all aspects of the word just reading some of the parts in the book when she was in school and how they treated her made me realize how horrible and horrific this really was back then. In Fact the most memorable quote in this book is on page 44 Youll make this your last cry. Youre a warrior on the battlefield for your lord and Warriors dont Cry this quote really stuck out to me because threw out the book she stated this quote and she used it her grandma was right about this advice. Also this book shows how friendships can be changed on peoples perception on how you live your life and who you do it with. I personally enjoyed reading this book and not once while reading did I stop and say wow this is boring or why am I reading this, because I believe this book really had a purpose and it was hard to put down once I got really into it. Her grandma really was the reason why she pushed and stayed with her goal to integrate this school and I believe that everyone has one of those people in life and we just have to look back on our struggles and see who helped us the most. I think it is amazing that they stuck with their goal and never gave up on it because with all of the negative press they had I think anyone would have crumbled over the pressure and only real warriors were able to do such a thing. I recommend this book to everyone this is one of my favorite books.
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A powerful memoir of an integration pioneer
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Reader reviewed by Jimmy

Warriors Dont Cry by Melba Petillo Beals is a moving personal account of the integration of Central High School in the late 1950s. Mrs. Beals was one of the Little Rock Nine, as they were called, who entered a Little Rock, Arkansas high school as its first African-American students. Her own horrific accounts give a glimpse at the barbaric treatment she and her friends faced that school year, from being spit on in the hallways to being chased by an angry mob of parents. The raw emotion and great deal of social injustice present throughout this book is extremely powerful, and Beals wonderful use of descriptive language will put you side-by-side with a 15-year-old girl who must learn to stay poised and composed in the face of a challenge which many would deem to large for a teenager. You will feel Melbas pain as she loses social privileges and her friends are too afraid to come to her birthday party, struggling to remain normal and fit in as she is making history. And you will triumph with her as she stares her enemies in the face and completes her trying journey, learning to cope and survive nine months of tortuous treatment. Warriors Dont Cry is a must-read - it is extremely thought-provocative, and your mind will still be replaying and reviewing the action long after the pages have run out.
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The Story of Integration
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Reader reviewed by max

The book Warriors Dont Cry is about the story of integrating schools in the south during the late 50s, specifically, Central High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas. All the atrocities committed against Melba Patillo Beals, the author and main character as well as 8 other black children is terrible. If you think we havent come very far with civil rights, this book would completely change your thoughts. Reading about what they had to go through can be both depressing and inspiring.

While the introduction and first few pages are very engaging, it then slows down until Beals actually goes to CHS. Also, some of the courtroom drama and them staying home for safety gets boring. However, once Beals is allowed to go to the school, the book speeds up considerably and stays that way until the very end. Beals uses parts of her diary and newspaper articles to tell the story, as well as her writing. Also, instead of just writing about her suffering at school, she writes about how it turned her into a warrior, and ultimately consumed her entire life. However, the last day of school was anti-climatic, and then she was barred from returning next year, which ruined the feeling of triumph at the end. In the end, she has 5-6 pages of refection, which were kind of dull. If she just ended at the end of the school year, and wrote more about it, then had the last few pages be an Afterward or Authors Note, the whole book would be better.
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An honest, inspiring book
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An amazing book that I am reading is called Warriors Dont Cry by Melba Patillo Beals. When I first saw this book, it did not appeal to me because it is about the desegregation of schools in America, a topic that I had already learned about so much. However, I decided to give it a chance and I am very glad that I did. This is probably the most inspiring book I have read. I thought I knew a lot about how black people used to be treated, but it was entirely different to hear the story of someone who actually experienced it.

The book is about the true story of Melba Patillo Beals and her, and eight other black students triumph to attend an all white school. It obviously is not an easy thing for them to do. The book does a good job of showing you how much work had to be done before they could actually go in to the school. It also shows how Melba had to give up a lot of things, including her social life, just so that she could be safe.

If you are at a hard time in your life and are thinking of giving up, I highly recommend this book. Melba goes through so much and is scared for her life at times, and even though she could have given up at anytime she wanted to, she did not, because she was fighting for something that she truly believed in. This book will teach you so much about life because you can relate it to almost any situation. It will show you how to forgive the most horrible people and how to keep on trying for something that you believe in, despite what other people think.
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