The Mighty Miss Malone
"We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great Depression hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her... show more
"We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great Depression hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother Jimmie go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie's beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home, and cling to the hope that they will find Father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.
Publish date: January 10th 2012
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
, African American
, Social Issues
As I began to read the book I was expecting to find details of the time period, but it was not too apparent at first. I was expecting to read on the difficulties of the Great Depression, and accounts of Deza and Bud’s (from Bud, Not Buddy) encounter in Hooverville. Instead I was pleasantly surpris...
Appeal Characteristics: Sassy humor, historical, family themes, quirky characters, great audio book narration.I LOVED the audiobook version of this. Bahni Turpin outdid herself on the great voice overs of characters. Her beautiful singing voice just added another layer on why I loved this book as an...
Review originally posted on my livejournal account here. :)Why I Read It: As I mentioned in my review of Bigger Than a Breadbox, I sometimes get my hands on ARCs of books when Random House sends them my way, but I get them because I'm a bookseller, not a book blogger. Other employees at Chapters als...