By Kristin Levine
Moundville, Alabama is getting a new postmaster, and 12-year-old Dit thinks the postmaster has son about his age. But Dit is in for two suprises – the postmaster has a daughter, and their family is black. At first Dit is very disappointed, but eventually he and Emma become friends. In 1917, though, this causes problems. Dit’s friends are not exactly happy that he is hanging out with a girl – and a black girl at that. But Dit has more to worry about than his friends’ opinions. After an incident surrounding a school play escalates, one man kills another in self defense. The jury doesn’t believe it was self defense, though, and the man is condemned to hang. Can Dit and Emma make sure justice is really served?
Reviewed by Jessica