“RIIIIIIIINNNGGGG!!!” The final bell of the school year shrieks and the neighborhood fills with excitement! Eight year old Lizzie B. Hayes, along with her cousins Shu Shu and Mookie, can’t wait to kick off their summer of nonstop fun with all the other kids in Newark, NJ.

Always wanting to be the center of attention, Lizzie is up to her usual antics and has several tricks up her sleeves to guarantee that all eyes are on her. But this summer is different!

Just as Lizzie gears up for a summer filled with jump rope contests, shooting hoops, trips to the local library, and of course, roller skating at break neck speeds, she begins to hear rumors of trouble brewing in her city.

To make matters worse, Lizzie’s father plans to take her on a two week vacation down south, South Philadelphia that is, and now she is faced with leaving everyone she loves for the first time. When she comes back, everything has changed.

Set during the summer of 1967, “Summertime with Lizzie B. Hayes” follows an array of amusingly loveable characters as they live through one of the most turbulent times in the country’s history.