Lies We Tell Ourselves
Lies We Tell Ourselves (Harlequin Teen)
Lies We Tell Ourselves
Robin Talley
In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever. Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily. Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept "separate but equal." Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another. Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

Book Details


  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Lies We Tell Ourselves was about an African American girl who was part of the NAACP and helped integrate African Americans into the school system. While she goes to this white school she is endlessly tortured, especially by a certain girl. However, as the book progresses these two girls learn to deal with their differences and start to maybe become friends.

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