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Publisher's Summary

The last thing Harry Dit Sims expects when Emma Walker comes to town is to become friends. Proper-talking, brainy Emma doesnt play baseball or fish 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.

©2010 Kristin Levine (P)2010 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"[An] energetic, seamlessly narrated first novel.... Levine handles the setting with grace and nuance.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"Readers will find humor in his candid account, universality in his dilemmas and blunders, and inspiration in his friendship with Emma and their mutual desire for social justice." (School Library Journal)

"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." (Booklist)

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Fabulous listen!

Would you listen to The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had again? Why?

Yes, because it moved me.

What did you like best about this story?

That they got away with it;)

Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

The protagonist

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The same as the book

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Amazing amazing awesome amazing amazing awesome amazing

It's an amazing book one of my favorites now The characters are spot on👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍 you should definitely listen to it

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Amazing book!

What a great read for my 11 yr old son & me to read together. The author did such a good job of helping us understand how the kids felt in this story. We both laughed & cried all thru the book. So glad we bought this!

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Wonderful story

The story is really good. The reader is so amazing. Really nice work on voice tone. I felt that I was living the story. ;)

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PERFECT

I got this book for my granddaughter but I thoroughly enjoyed the friendship between Dit and Emma! Starts off slow but is worth the read/listen to the end!

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great read

The title is what caught my eye: I wondered what the book was about. The characters were very likable and the story line was great

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Reminds me of Huckleberry Finn

Wonderful writing and a compelling story. Beautiful narration made this a hard book to put down. Colorful and descriptive writing reminds me of Huckleberry Finn. Highly recommend.
Terry from Texas