Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
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 new girl at school. Liz is everything Marlee wishes she could be: she's brave, brash and always knows the right thing to say. But when Liz leaves school without even a good-bye, the rumor is that Liz was caught passing for white. Marlee decides that doesn't 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.
My 25 cents....This was an EXCELLENT story! Sadly, it is based on historical facts. Marlee learns that a true friend is a true friend, no matter what! (I actually put off finishing the book because I didn't want it to END!) Read it--it could make you look around and decide who your real friends are!!