Age: 12+ Genre: Historical Fiction Quality Read: Great
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had follows twelve-year-old Dit Sims from the summer of 1917 to the summer of 1918. Dit meets a girl named Emma Walker when her father becomes the new post master of Dit’s town Moundville, Alabama. The only problem is she’s African American. Dit’s mother makes him show Emma around the town, and they soon spend more time together than Dit would like. Dit goes through the loss of friends and becomes bullied because of his newfound friendship with Emma. The two unlikely friends have to learn to overcome the social stigmas of their day, but then something goes terribly wrong.
Kristin Levine creates a realistic story that deals with racism. The book also implies the rape of a slave woman (before the story is happening). This book is a great read to understand the stigmas of our history along with some that still remain today. Levine took me on a journey that reminded me of my own childhood growing up in Mississippi.
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