'The Mighty Miss Malone' by Christopher Paul Curtis

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'The Mighty Miss Malone' by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Mighty Miss Malone

Deza Malone, 12 years old, comes from a deeply loving close-knit family. Deza's family's journey "to a place called Wonderful" begins in Gary, Ind. Deza is the smartest kid in her class.  Singled out for greatness by her teachers. But the Great Depression hits Gary hard and there are no jobs for black men. When her father leaves to find work, Deza's mother and her family go in search of him and move to Flint, Mich.

The details about daily life during The Depression tell the reader about how families struggled in the midst of hard economic and emotional times.  Deza's story of hope and perseverance reveal the human condition of many struggling families in the 1930s Depression era: homelessness, racism and grief.  Her first-person voice endears us to Deza Malone's spunk and sparkle.  

Join us as we discuss The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis on Thursday, March 7 at 4 p.m. in the Children's Room.