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The last thing Harry ÒDitÓ Sims expects when Emma Walker comes to town is to become friends. Propertalking, brainy Emma doesnÕt play baseball or fish too well, but she sure makes Dit think, especially about the differences between black and white in the 1910s. But soon Dit is thinking about a whole lot more when the town barber, who is black, is put on trial for a terrible crime. Together Dit and Emma come up with a daring plan to save him from the unthinkable.

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Set in 1917 and inspired the by the author's true family history, this novel tells the poignant story of an unexpected friendship between a white farm boy and an African-American city girl--and the ripples it sends through a rural Alabama town.

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Kristin Levine lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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chorne, September 22, 2010 (view all comments by chorne)
THE BEST BAD LUCK I EVER HAD is a wonderful gem of a book, and Dit (in the middle of a pack of 10 children) is a smart, thoughtful, funny, gem of a narrator. The year is 1917, in Moundville, Alabama, and Dit is looking forward to making friends with the new postmaster's 12-year-old son. Only problem is, the postmaster doesn't have a 12-year-old son, he has a 12-year-old daughter, and she is a sparkling treasure in her own right. Dit and Emma strike up a friendship, made uneasy by the fact that Emma is black (or "colored" as the book says, in the language of the time) and Dit is white. If you are expecting a preachy "we are all equal under the skin" sort of book, think again. Kristin Levine has created wonderful and highly individual characters, from very nice to dangerous. This book, full of fun and adventure, is all the richer for the subtle moral strength of many of the main characters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142416488
Author:
Levine, Kristin
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.68x5.30x.70 in. .45 lbs.
Age Level:
09-11

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