Set in 1917 and inspired by the authors true family history, this is the poignant story of a remarkable friendship and the perils of small-town justice.
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 authors true family history, this is the poignant story of a remarkable friendship and the perils of small-town justice
THE NEW POSTMASTER
Ive been wrong before. Oh, heck, if Im being real honest, Ive been wrong a lot. But I aint never been so wrong as I was about Emma Walker. When she first came to town, I thought she was the worst piece of bad luck Id had since falling in the outhouse on my birthday. I tell you, things were fine in Moundville before Emma got here, least I thought they were. Guess the truth is, youll never know how wrong I was till Im done telling and explainingso Id better just get on with the story.
My real name is Harry Otis Sims, but everybody calls me Dit. See, when I was little, I used to roll a hoop down Main Street, beating it with a stick as I ran along. One day, two older boys tried to steal my hoop. I hit them with my stick and told them, Dit away. They laughed. You talk like a baby. Dit, dit, dit. The name stuck.
There are ten children in our family: Della, Ollie, Ulman, Elman, Raymond, ...
Middle-grade readers are in luck. Levine has written a richly-realized tale of a powerful best-friendship and a boy's passage into manhood during a shameful and violent period in America's past.
(Reviewed by Jo Perry).
Full Review (768 words).
Moundville, Alabama - Largest City in North America
By present day standards Moundville was a small town in 1917 and still is today, but according to information presented by the Moundville Archaeological Park, 800 years ago it was the location of possibly the largest city in North America. The present-day town is named after the 26 prehistoric burial mounds that are all that visibly remains of the Mississippian culture that lived on the site from about A.D. 1000 to 1450.
At its most populous, the conurbation spanned about 300 acres (about half a square mile) and had a population of about one thousand with an estimated further ten thousand living in the surrounding valley. Excavated burial sites ...
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