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The Mighty Miss Malone

by Christopher Paul Curtis

“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...

“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.

Suggested by Mrs. Coryell-Mahone (5th grade teacher)
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Hardcover - 320 pages - $15.99
ISBN: 0385734913 (ISBN13: 9780385734912)
Published Jan 10, 2012 by Wendy Lamb Books
First published 2012

why I requested this book

This book would be very inspiring for students in my classes.

This book would be very inspiring for students in my classes.

the class

My students are struggling with informational text. These books would greatly help the students connect some dots in scientific informational texts.

My students are struggling with informational text. These books would greatly help the students connect some dots in scientific informational texts.

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