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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.259920
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 fi sh 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

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on January 22, 2009 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0399250905
ISBN-13: 9780399250903
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  • penguin123
    penguin123Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 12:19 pm44 stars
    This book tells the story of Dit, a young boy living in the South during the 1800's while racism is thick. When Emma, a girl who is "colored", moves in, Dit must learn about friendship and seeing more than what's on the outside.
    • jazzy_13
      jazzy_13Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 11:26 am
      I love this book it shows love and compassion and I think anyone would love it it's got adventure and it shows how two different people can be friends without many problems and all the advice I can give you is to read the book just read it you'll love it
      • lizh
        Ms. HubandThursday, May 15, 2014 at 7:53 am44 stars
        I decided to read this book with my class because it tied in nicely with a Social Studies unit about the United States following the Civil War. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and think my students will too.
        • jad1
          jad1Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 4:53 pm
          this book is great so far!