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The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine
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May 09, 11

bookshelves: childrens-historical-fiction
Read from May 07 to 09, 2011

Twelve year old Dit was mighty disappointed when the new Postmaster's boy who was also twelve, turned out to be a girl. A colored girl. Not that Dit and his family are prejudiced, but lots of folks in Moundville, Alabama in 1917 are. An unlikely friendship evolves between Dit and Emma as he teaches her how to skip rocks, play baseball, and fish. What she teaches him and what they learn together make for an excellent and moving story.

Other reviewers have called this novel a cross between HUCK FINN and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and I would agree with that. The writing reminded me of Richard Peck, peppered with humor and sentiment. A great first novel by Kristin Levine.
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