The Mighty Miss Malone
By Christopher Paul Curtis
320 pages of characters you will love in situations that will give you much to consider
Deza loves school. She is the best and the brightest. She has a wonderful best friend, a passion for reading and her exceptional family. What is not to like about Deza? Well, maybe she is a little to verbose and maybe she is a bit to sure of herself and bossy, but… The Mighty Miss Malone is 12-year old Deza Malone part of a close-knit family whose motto is “We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful.” Deza dreams of going to college and becoming a teacher just like her beloved, Mrs. Needham.
Dreams are hard to keep alive in the Great Depression. Deza’s father is out of work and further changes mean the Deza’s mother is also out of a job. This forces her fine friendly father figure to leave home in search of some kind of work. When they hear nothing from him Deza, Mother, and her older brother Jimmie go to find him. They try to stay together. They try to make it right, but nothing seems to work. Deza’s world seems to go up in smoke. The hut they’ve been living in at the Hooverville outside Flint is burned down. Jimmie leaves to see if he can make it as a singer in Chicago. With one room to share, Deza and her mother want more than anything else is to have their family back together. How can that be?
The twists and turns of the Malone family story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone. It’s hard to predict which direction the story will take. The story keeps taking twists and surprise turns so you must keep on reading. You just have to find out what happens to Deza and her family – there is no way not follow her through to the end of the story. You’ll need to know what happens in the end. Will her family find “wonderful” – the trip to find out is worth every step. Along the way you’ll moments that will give you something to think about – no matter how bad off a person is, someone else has it worse. What an amazing story. It offers an honest and painful look at a terrible time in our country through the eyes of an amazing girl who refuses to let go of her dream. May we all be so courageous!