The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

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...an astounding book, and an absolute delight to read. With each turn of a page I found myself being pulled into Gary, Ind., watching the Malone family start on their journey to wonderful.
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In the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award–winning Bud, Not Buddy, Bud met a girl named Deza Malone in a Hooverville. This is her story.
 
“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 has 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.
 
“Witty and moving.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
“The fluidity of the writing, the strong sense of place and time combined with well-drawn characters will captivate and delight. . . . a fitting literary companion to Bud Caldwell.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
 
“Curtis threads important bits of African-American history throughout the narrative. . . . Some readers will feel they are due a bit of happiness; others will be struck by how little has changed in 75 years for the nation’s have-nots.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred




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About Christopher Paul Curtis

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Christopher Paul Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan, and grew up there. Bud, Not Buddy, his second novel, winner of the 2000 Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award, is available in a Delacorte hardcover edition.












Author Residence: Detroit, Michigan












Author Hometown: Flint, Michigan
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Wendy Lamb Books. 322 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Faith McPhee on Mar 16 2012

...an astounding book, and an absolute delight to read. With each turn of a page I found myself being pulled into Gary, Ind., watching the Malone family start on their journey to wonderful.

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Reviewed by Faith McPhee on Mar 16 2012

Sometimes wonderful doesn’t have to be a miraculous or fantastic place, and sometimes it won’t take a whole journey or a fall down a rabbit hole to get to wonderful. Sometimes wonderful is just for time to stop and for you to appreciate what you’ve got

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