Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine

Dit lives in Alabama in 1917. He is looking forward to the arrival of the new postmaster because he hopes there will be a new boy who likes baseball nearby. But when the postmaster arrives the entire town is surprised to see that the family is black. Dit doesn't care about that but he is very disappointed that the only child in the family is a girl who doesn't like baseball or fishing. Forced by his parents to spend time with Emma he begins to discover that she is more interesting than he thought and they become close friends with Emma tutoring him and teaching him to change his ways. But his friendship with a "negra" doesn't sit well with other people in town, including his good friends at school. When Dit and Emma witness a killing in the local barber shop they know that the accused man is innocent. But no one is willing to listen to two children so it is up to them to save the man who is on trial.

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