The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had (Hardcover)

By Kristin Levine

G. P. Putnam's Sons, 9780399250903, 266pp.

Publication Date: January 22, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/16/2010)
Prebound (9/16/2010)
Compact Disc (1/26/2010)

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Spring '09 Kids List

“Dit Sims thinks it's 'the worst bad luck' when the new postmaster's child turns out to be a bookish 'colored' girl instead of the boy he expected. Dit and Emma Walker gradually form an unlikely friendship, and when blatant racism rears its head, they set out to save a black man unjustly sentenced to death. Set in a small Southern town in 1917, this coming-of-age story is believable and well-written, and Dit's personal growth is moving and remarkable.”
— Trish Brown, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
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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

About the Author

Kristin Levine lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and daughter. This is her first novel.