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The best bad luck I ever had

by Levine, Kristin 1974-

Format: Book on CD 2010
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j CD Levine
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection
Call Number  j CD Levine
Pleasant Hills Public Library Juvenile Audio Juv CDB Lev (6-CDs)
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Audio
Call Number  Juv CDB Lev (6-CDs)
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "While most of the residents in the tiny, World War I-era Moundville, Alabama, are shocked that their new postmaster is African American, Dit is simply surprised that said postmaster's child turns out to be a girl, not the boy his own age he was expecting. Bookish, timid Emma can hardly fill the role of fellow adventurer and baseball player that easygoing Dit, with more than a trace of a Huck Finn-like charm, had his heart set on. In unexpected ways, though, the unlikely twosome cross each other's paths and slowly build a partnership of complementary strengths. When Jim Crow rears its ugly head in the person of the menacing and blatantly racist sheriff, Emma and Dit embark on a risky adventure to save the life of a man sentenced to hang on trumped-up charges. Levine's story treats racism frankly and with no mincing of words. The highlight of this coming-of-age journey comes from watching the two kids learn about the world and come to care about each other in the way of 13-year-olds.--O'Malley, Anne Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Tension builds just below the surface of this energetic, seamlessly narrated first novel set in small-town Alabama in 1917. Twelve-year-old Harry, aka Dit, has been looking forward to the arrival of the new postmaster from Boston, said to have a son Dit's age. The "son" turns out to be a girl, Emma, and to everyone's surprise, the family is what Dit calls "colored" and others call "Negras." Emma, bookish and proud, impresses Dit with her determination (he calls it stubbornness) when she decides to learn to throw a ball or climb, and when Emma's mother upbraids him, Dit begins to rethink what he's been taught about the South's sorrowful defeat in the War Between the States. Levine sets up a climactic tragedy that will challenge the community's sense of justice; although hair-raising Mockingbird-esque events are becoming common in YA novels about inequality in the segregated South, Levine handles the setting with grace and nuance. Without compromising the virtues and vices of her characters, she lets her readers have a happy-enough ending. Ages 10-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Race relations -- Juvenile fiction.
Prejudices -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Country life -- Alabama -- Juvenile fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Prejudices -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Country life -- Alabama -- Fiction.
Family life -- Alabama -- Fiction.
Coming of age -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Alabama -- History -- 1819-1950 -- Juvenile fiction.
Alabama -- History -- 1819-1950 -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher New York :Listening Library,2010
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Heyborne, Kirby.
Listening Library.
Participants/Performers Read by Kirby Heyborne.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact disc.
Description 6 audio discs (7 hr., 9 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780307710567
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