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Harry "Dit" Sims and Emma Walker are the unlikeliest of friends.
Emma, the educated twelve-year-old daughter of Moundville's new
postmaster, is all wrong as far as Dit's concerned. Dit was told
the new postmaster would have a boy his same age, not a girl. But
the rest of the town is more surprised by the Walker family's color
than whether Emma's a boy or a girl. But that makes no difference
to Dit's mother. Her rule is to be nice to everyone, and before
long, Dit's glad about Mama's rule. Emma's not like anyone he's
ever known. Emma is the first person to ever listen to Dit.
Emma also makes Dit think, and about things he's never given much
thought to before, like why the colored kids and the white kids
can't go to school together. Soon Dit's thinking about a lot more
when Doc, who is black and the town barber, is accused of a
terrible crime. Dit and Emma know he doesn't deserve to be
punished, and together they come
Set in 1917 in Moundville, Alabama, and inspired by the author's
family history, this is the poignant story of a brave friendship
and the perils of small-town justice.
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