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The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had


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Harry “Dit” Sims and Emma Walker are the unlikeliest of friends. Emma, the educated twelve-year-old daughter of Moundville’s new postmaster, is all wrong as far as Dit’s concerned. Dit was told the new postmaster would have a boy his same age, not a girl. But the rest of the town is more surprised by the Walker family’s color than whether Emma’s a boy or a girl. But that makes no difference to Dit’s mother. Her rule is to be nice to everyone, and before long, Dit’s glad about Mama’s rule. Emma’s not like anyone he’s ever known. Emma is the first person to ever listen to Dit.  

Emma also makes Dit think, and about things he’s never given much thought to before, like why the colored kids and the white kids can’t go to school together. Soon Dit’s thinking about a lot more when Doc, who is black and the town barber, is accused of a terrible crime. Dit and Emma know he doesn’t deserve to be punished, and together they come up with a daring plan to save Doc from the unthinkable.

Set in 1917 in Moundville, Alabama, and inspired by the author’s family history, this is the poignant story of a brave friendship and the perils of small-town justice.



About the Author

Kristin Levine received her BA in German from Swarthmore College and an MFA in film and electronic media from American University. She spent a year in Vienna, Austria, working as an au pair and has taught screenwriting at American University. You can visit Kristin Levine at

Product Details

Levine, Kristin
Listening Library
Read by:
Heyborne, Kirby
Heyborne, Kirby
Heyborne, Kirby
Historical - United States - 20th Century
General Juvenile Fiction
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 20th Century
Edition Description:
Six CD
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Grade Level:
from 5
5.92x5.06x1.17 in. .40 lbs.
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Age Level:
from 10

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Children's » Historical Fiction » United States » 20th Century
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Prejudice and Racism

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