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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (952 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kristin Levine Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9780307710574
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The last thing Harry Dit Sims expects when Emma Walker comes to town is to become friends. Proper-talking, brainy Emma doesn’t 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 author’s true family history, this is the poignant story of a remarkable friendship and the perils of small-town justice.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corinna | 2/15/2014

    " I'm happy I grabbed this book (audio). A well paced historical fiction dealing with a friendship between a white boy and black girl during a time that that was not allowed. Wonderful story of relationships, prejudice, and bravery. Really liked this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Taylor | 2/15/2014

    " Good, clean book. Not too deep, just a feel good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissalar | 2/9/2014

    " Natalie recommended this book to me. She kept telling me as she was reading it how much she loved it. It was a very sweet book, VERY well written. Along the lines of Roar of Thunder. It was very touching "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 2/3/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and would give it a 4.5 if that was a possibility. I read it in a day because I just couldn't put it down. A very heartfelt story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rshelite | 2/1/2014

    " Very very good--almost as good as "to kill a mockingbird" they are very similar! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/29/2014

    " Since Braden finished reading all the 2011 Beehive nominees, he has been begging me to read his favorites. This book was my favorite of the ones I read. I love that he is reading meaningful literature instead of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the like. This is a great story of the segregated south in 1917 and the way two kids from two different worlds become best friends. A great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clem | 1/26/2014

    " Race issue, male and female protagonists, Alabama mound country 1918, black girl white boy make friends, really, really friggin good book!!!For mature readers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/19/2014

    " I adored this book! It reminded me a lot of To Kill a Mockingbird--racism, friendship, and life through the eyes of children. It was hilarious and moving and really a pleasure to read. I think that everyone should read it. Its fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron-michael Powers | 1/19/2014

    " Ordered a set of these for my 5th grade lit circle rotation and read it along with one group. Great book showing how the south was at the turn of the century. Great for discussion on prejudice, friendship, misconceptions, and comparing "the" and "now". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ecompton | 1/12/2014

    " Great coming of age book about racism. A must read for 10 year olds+ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donalyn | 12/28/2013

    " Outstanding about prejudice in the South and how it divides a small Alabama town. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 11/25/2013

    " I loved the characters' relationship in this book. It has some offensive language due to the nature of the content: racism, but the time period is something to take into account while reading this fantastic book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 11/8/2013

    " This deserves Newbery buzz. Great debut novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary-Ann Muffoletto | 3/14/2013

    " Young Adult: This is a charming coming-of-age novel for the pre-teen set. The characters are well-drawn and the story, of a small, early 20th century town in the grips of racial prejudice, is powerful. This would make a nice gift for a young reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Banks | 1/9/2013

    " Not a bad story, but overall not well developed in plot or characters. The cutesy little one-line chapter closers got old pretty fast. But, a decent read anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Afton Nelson | 12/8/2012

    " Wonderful story, slightly reminiscent of Lizzy Bright and the Buckminster Boy, sweet and heartbreaking in all the right ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Kirby Vallejo | 8/6/2012

    " LOVED this one!! I loved the whole story line and the characters were awesome. This was such a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 3/16/2012

    " Great book. Reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird written for kids. I will be having ALL of my children read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathyhillard | 1/17/2012

    " I read this book because a friend enjoyed it. Normally I wouldn't read a 'teen fiction' book. I'm glad that I did because I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Farrell | 7/26/2011

    " Great Southern voice. The two kids, Dit and Emma have a terrific friendship, which I always love in a book. They are wonderful characters who come alive and act like real people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lncropper | 5/19/2011

    " This is a sweet story about two kids--a white boy and a black girl--in Alabama in 1917. I loved the characters and much of the story. Whether it is believable or not--first the friendship, and then the remarkable ending--is another question. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/16/2011

    " Very good book. Talks about true friendship. Black history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 4/29/2011

    " Loved this book! It read like a combination of Summer of the monkeys and To Kill a Mockingbird, a southern kid adventure book with racial overtones. I listened to the audio and that was fantastic. I hope I can get some of my kids to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janderson | 4/28/2011

    " LOVED this book... Like "The Help" for a younger audience. One of the best I've read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawna | 4/18/2011

    " The characters were believable and I really liked them. I think it should be required reading for Jr. High! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 3/30/2011

    " Loved this book. Yes. The N word is used throughout but in context -- it is counterbalanced by portrayals of people trying to overcome prejudice Dit (main character) grows throughout the book.

    One of my favorites so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 3/29/2011

    " Excellent YA book in a similar vein to To Kill a Mockingbird: some of the same themes, a little less intricate, a little less serious. I didn't want to put it down. The characters are charming, and the friendship that emerges between them is beautiful. Quick, easy read, but rewarding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 3/14/2011

    " I loved it! Sweet book about living in the South during Jim Crow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sahana | 3/11/2011

    " This is a different perspective of a book, that really touched my heart. I think the main character really changed through the story, and that's what I loved about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 2/24/2011

    " Boring, and ultimately very silly, too. Gump-y audio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 2/22/2011

    " What a perfect title for this book. I felt so proud of people in this book. It's bitter sweet. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rshelite | 2/5/2011

    " Very very good--almost as good as "to kill a mockingbird" they are very similar! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 2/2/2011

    " What a fun easy read. It's a heartwarming story of two kids, one black and one white, who learn to see beyone each other's skin color to become best of friends. It takes place in the deep south back in the early 1900's. I liked it. "

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About the Author
Author Kristin LevineKristin Levine received her BA in German from Swarthmore College and an MFA in film and electronic media from American University. She spent a year in Vienna, Austria, working as an au pair and has taught screenwriting at American University. You can visit Kristin Levine at www.kristinlevine.com.
About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.