I was looking for an audiobook to listen too but everything that I was interested in was coming up as not available. I love our online library but, honestly, they need more books. Rarely do I get a book that I really want without putting it on my wish list and reserving the book. As I was scrolling through trying to find something, I stumbled upon this book….The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
I downloaded it only to find out that in was classified as a children’s book…UGH. I thought I would give it a try before I just went and tried to find a new book. Imagine my surprise when the book opened like this, “I’ve been wrong before. Oh heck, if I am being real honest, I’ve been wrong a lot.” I took that quote as a sign that I should keep listening. I am SO glad I did!
This is honestly one of the better books I’ve listened to in a long time. The story is set in Alabama in 1917. “Dit”, a white boy, the middle child of a family of ten, is excited for the prospect of a new kid coming to town. Poor Dit is SO disappointed when a black girl, Emma, gets off the train. Emma is everything Dit doesn’t want in a friend. She’s a girl. She’s black, proper and even smart…everything Dit wasn’t interested in.
The story reminds me of the old TV show the Waltons in the way the characters speak, in the description of the towns folks. It also reminds me of the book To Kill a Mockingbird.
When my kids were in upper elementary, I often picked a book to read to them…this one would be perfect. It portrays historical events in a way children can understand. Seeing racism through Dit’s immature eyes, brings it to light in a real and honest way. I can’t think of single bad thing to say about the book. Don’t worry that it’s juvenile fiction…I am not a juvenile and I LOVED it! Finding this book, The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had, was actually the best bad luck I ever had in finding a book.