Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Best Bad Luck I Ever Had

Finished January 1
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine

The year is 1918, and the setting is a small town in Alabama. Harry Sims (nickname Dit) is thirteen and hoping that the new postmaster will have a boy his age to spend the summer with.
But not only is the postmaster`s child a girl, Emma, but the family is black. In Alabama at this time, there is still a racial division for many things from schools and churches to social situations.
Despite his initial reservations, Dit finds himself discovering a true friend in Emma, but when race raises its head around the school play, things get more difficult.
Things get even worse when the town barber, also black, takes a stand, and finds himself charged with a serious crime.
This book gives a real sense of place and time, and both Dit and Emma grow as characters. A good read.

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