Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine

Dit lives in Alabama in the early 1900s with his 9 siblings. He has high hopes for a new boy moving in nearby, but when the new postmaster arrives Dit is surprised to find that the family is African American, and instead of a son they have a smart, proper, opinionated daughter named Emma. As you might expect, Dit and Emma forge an unlikely friendship and Dit learns a great deal about the racism of the society he lives in. When a black barber shoots a cruel white man in self-defense, he is sentenced to death. Dit and Emma make a plan to save the innocent black man's life. Emma and Dit's friendship is authentic and, of course, troubling to those around them. Readers will get a taste of race relations in the last century, albeit with an improbable dose of optimism. It's a good story and will probably appeal to kids who might not normally be interested in historical fiction.

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