First, as a child of a Freedom Rider, I have always been fascinated with the American Civil Rights era. As an educator, I am equally interested in desegregation and integration of schools. Of great appeal to me is the infusion of so many historically accurate events and references. Lions does not sugarcoat anything. Multiple dynamic perspectives are seen, and are believable without taking away from the suspense.
At the core of it all is a story of friendship and exactly what that means. Priceless.