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The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had (edition 2010)

by Kristin Levine

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Title:The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
Authors:Kristin Levine
Info:Puffin (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:historical fiction, diversity, friendship, novel, gr. 5 - 8

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The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine

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Dit befriends Emma, daughter of the town's new black postmaster. Their unlikely friendship teaches Dit valuable lessons about the nature of true friendship, personal sacrfice and justice. I enjoyed the folksy tone of Dit's narrative and several lively characters, such as Jim Dang It. But the flaws stuck out like stones in my shoe. Dit and his father sharing a table at the diner with Emma and her father, as well as sitting together at the circus seems highly unlikely in 1917 Alabama. And the plotline about saving Doc Haley from a hanging undergoes various contortions to make a happy ending for the sake of suspense. If not for these chafing flaws, this would be a solid book about seeing past skin color. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Loved this historical fiction set in 1918 in Alabama. Dit is hoping for a new friend, but ends up with Emma, the daughter of the new African American postmaster. The two become friends in spite of their differences and make a big difference in their community. ( )
  imtanner2 | Jun 27, 2015 |
This story is about a white boy and black girl in the early 1900s. Despite having contrasting personalities, they form a very strong friendship. When a black man is wrongly accused of a crime, they work together to try and prove his innocence. This story depicts the struggles of segregation and the triumphs of not letting something like skin-color come between friends.

I would use this book for 1-5 graders. ( )
  breksarah | Apr 24, 2014 |
Very good. I liked that often the black family was more educated about health issues than the white family. ( )
  njcur | Feb 21, 2014 |
This novel is about a friendship between a white boy, Dit, and black girl, Emma, in the year 1917. Dit and Emma are complete opposite personalities, but enjoy each others friendship and company. When a black man is wrongly accused of a crime, Dit and Emma work hard together to try to undo the wrong and get him out of jail. ( )
  RiaO | Dec 3, 2013 |
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The last thing Harry ?Dit? Sims expects when Emma Walker comes to town is to become friends. Proper -talking, brainy Emma doesn?t play baseball or fi sh too well, but she sure makes Dit think, especially about the differences between black and white. 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.

Set in 1917 and inspired by the author?s true family history, this is the poignant story of a remarkable friendship and the perils of small-town justice

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In Moundville, Alabama, in 1917, twelve-year-old Dit hopes the new postmaster will have a son his age, but instead he meets Emma, who is black, and their friendship challenges accepted ways of thinking and leads them to save the life of a condemned man.… (more)

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