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The Mighty Miss Malone Hardcover – January 10, 2012
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The Malone's were a family with their own motto. Everyone embarks on a journey to find a place and life they've always dreamed to have. The Malone's had that dream within their motto. They hoped to adventure to a place where money, jobs, and material objects were not of concern. A place where this transcendent family could live freely, a place called Wonderful.
Unfortunately, Deza and the Malone family experience more gang aft a-gley than Wonderful. Despite the struggle and hardships of being an African American family during the Depression they accepted what was dealt to them and fought through the toughest time in history.
Curtis uses the Malone family to paint a picture of 1930's during the worldwide economic depression. A time when jobs were nearly impossible to obtain and families were often broken when men had to leave to find work. The economies decline forced many people to become homeless and live their life in poverty.
Curtis' writing goes into such detail that you can actually smell the stench from the boxcars that the family used as a means of transportation to find their father. When Deza had to part from her best friend, I felt genuinely sad and could understand her heartache. It was easy to experience the same feeling as the people in crowd did when they listened to Jimmie sing. I could close my eyes and hear the smooth melody of his angelic voice. I cringed when I read about the bugs crawling out of the oatmeal box that Deza was having for breakfast.Read more ›
I was intrigued that the history and portrayal of the Smelling vs. Lewis boxing fight. My in-laws were married on June 19, 1936 and they often spoke of this fight. I enjoyed the background history of the fight in the back of the book.
This book is a true picture of the plight during the Great Depression yet the message was strong that no matter what, family stays together even if Jimmie is absent from the fold.
This book is a must for purchase during 2012 and a great contribution to a church library.
Honestly,this book is a GEM.I checked it out from the library,but soon as my allowance adds up I am getting both this book AND Bud,Not Buddy.Deza Malone is a true heroine,making my Top Ten Heros/Heroines!I don't know how Curtis pulls it off,but Deza is someone that reaches your heart.The way she thinks,the way she acts,and even the way she looks at her situation,is truly amazing.Then there are also those little details that make her even more of a character to remember,like when she overhears her parents arguing,and her dad saying how he just has to get work and money because Deza's rotting teeth got so bad that he has to hold in his breath when he hugs her.And her brother Jimmie's angel voice,it's like you can hear it.The buggy oatmeal as well.Then there's the shaving advertisement,with its cheesy theme song,and how whenever the Malones go by they yell "Burma Shave!" These itty-bitty- details make Deza so much more real, so much more of someone to identify with and understand their struggles,than-let's say-Kit from the American Girl series.I love Kit as I have always been fascinated by the Great Deppresion,and I also love writing...but Curtis makes you truly understand what it is to be like a black kid in the Great Dep.
That is to say,this book has its wit too.I don't think it's as funny as Bud-Not-Buddy-or maybe it is,I don't know.I haven't read Bud Not Buddy in a very long time,but I do remember that I almost busted my gut laughing,and that didn't happen with this book.This book,I think,I will be keeping on my shelf along with a few other favorites,like Anne of Green Gables,Fair Weather and some others.
Conclusion: Get it and get it NOW.
Deza is an incredibly bright girl growing up in Gary, Indiana,where she is heralded by her teachers as being "the one student who could make a real contribution." She is a member of a loving family, who joyfully cares for one another despite their growing poverty and absence of a job for her father.
When tragedy knocks on the Malone's door step, the family dynamic is shaken and Mr. Malone feels he has no choice but to leave the home and look else where for employment. Thus begins a journey of Hoovervilles, prejudice, and separation for the remainder of the Malone's as they travel to find Deza's father and a stable living environment.
What drew me to this book (besides being an immense fan of the author's previous work) was the idea of a young, African-American girl of this particular time period (the age of the Hooverville) using her whit and intelligence to save her family. Deza is likable and funny from the very beginning and you can't help but root for her. And as the story goes on, you can't help but be disappointed that Curtis doesn't give her more opportunities to be the hero. SPOILER ALERT!
I anticipated the moment when Deza's intelligence would rescue her family and pull them back together, but I never was really able to enjoy that moment. In reality, it is Deza's brother that does the rescuing,and despite his absence from the storyline for a period, he quickly steals the reins from her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. I am reading it to my daughter and she loves it! I great book for all kinds not just African Americans. Read morePublished 24 days ago by csh
I loved this book. I have not read any other books by the author, but this book grabbed me in. I wanted to read it for ever and pray it would never end🙌👏Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
One of my tutoring students bought this book for me because her 4th grade teacher read it to the class, and she loved it. Now the book has one more fan: me! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tammy R
I liked this book a lot. So sad that so many children are still suffering like The Mighty Miss Malone. She was quite a bright little girl and her parents were extraordinaire.Published 9 months ago by Kathleen Delaney
I think this just about sums it up: 👪. In other words this book is all about family and those we love.Published 9 months ago by The Hitman