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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

"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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  • JB
  • Mobile, AL
  • 04-09-15

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!