Book Review: The Mighty Miss Malone, by Christopher Paul Curtis

mightymissmalone_coverThe Mighty Miss Malone is a historical fiction novel by Newbery Medal winning author Christopher Paul Curtis. This story is about twelve-year-old Deza Malone and her family.

Deza has a loving and caring mother and a brother who has a gifted voice. The Great Depression has caused tremendous trouble for black men like Deza’s father, so he leaves their home in Gary, Indiana in search of a job. One month later they still have had no word from him, so Mrs. Malone decides to leave Gary in search for her husband along with her children.

On the search, they find shelter in a camp in Flint, Michigan. Deza starts to attend school, although she encounters racial prejudice. A few weeks later a man at camp hears her brother Jimmie’s singing voice and convinces him to leave the camp so they can find work in Chicago or New York. That same night, Mrs. Malone and Deza leave camp to find a more permanent home.

At last, Deza finally receives a letter from her father. What does the letter say? What
happens to Jimmie? Will she and her mother finally find Deza’s father? Will
they live happily together as a family? Read the book to find out.

I think Deza is called “Mighty Miss Malone” because she is strong and stays positive through hard times. I loved the fact that she is caring and compassionate for her family. I think girls her age can relate to her. I highly recommend this beautifully-crafted book.

-Anmol K., 6th grade

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