The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristen Levine is a story set in 1917, Moundville, Alabama. It is about a boy named Harry or “Dit”, looking for a new friend to play with through the summer. He gets excited after finding out that the new postman coming to town will have a boy his age. He is wrong when he finds out that the the boy is really a black girl that came from Boston. Dit and the girl, Emma, have almost nothing in common. Dit likes to fish, play baseball, and hunt animals in the woods while on the other hand, Emma likes to read out on her front porch. Although the differences, Dit tries to get along with Emma who is a bit stubborn. As they start to play with each other every day, they start to grow a bond. The people in Moundville don't think it's right that Dit is playing with a black girl and Dit's friends also have been making fun of Dit and Emma's friendship. As their friendship grows, it seems to only cause problems for everyone else.
I would recommend this book for anyone interested on the effects of prejudice down in the south or just people who just like to read stories on friendships and bonds between people. I enjoyed this story a lot and hope others get a chance to enjoy it too.
~Ronald, Teen Book Reviewer