The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had

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A powerful story about race and an unlikely friendship from award-winning author of The Lions of Little Rock. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults The last thing Harry "Dit" Sims expects when Emma Walker comes to town is to become friends. Propertalking, brainy Emma doesn't play baseball or fish too well, but she sure makes Dit think, especially about the differences between black and white in the 1910s. 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.
★ "Tension builds just below the surface of this energetic, seamlessly narrated first novel set in small-town Alabama in 1917."--Publishers Weekly, starred review ★ "This classic story of how unlikely persons can change things for the better should appeal to all readers."--VOYA, starred review
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 22mm | 204.12g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0142416487
  • 9780142416488
  • 515,205

About Kristin Levine

Kristin Levine ( received her BA in German from Swarthmore College and an MFA in film from American University. She spent a year in Vienna, Austria, working as an au pair, and has taught screenwriting at American University. Currently, she lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her two daughters. She is the author of the critically acclaimed The Best Luck I Ever Had, The Lions of Little Rock, and The Paper Cowboy.
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A fine debut novel by an author to watch. "Kirkus Reviews"
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2,432 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 39% (948)
4 40% (974)
3 16% (393)
2 3% (73)
1 2% (44)
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