The Mighty Miss Malone

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

Published: Wendy Lamb Books (January 10, 2012)

Recommended Age Level: 9 & up

In a nutshell: Deza Malone is a whipsmart, verbose, 12-year old girl who lives with her family in Gary, Indiana during the Great Depression. Her family’s motto is that they’re “a family on a journey to a place called wonderful”, but unfortunately such places are few and far between during the year 1936. Her older brother Jimmie sings like a bird, but stopped growing years ago and no one has an explanation as to why.  Deza’s mother is a proud woman who puts pride in everything she does, especially her work, but her job and trying to keep her family fed is working her to the bone. And her intelligent and loving father can’t find work and ultimately ends up leaving the family in Gary to go to Flint, Michigan to find work.

Even through hard times, Deza and her high character family find ways to be brave in their lowest moments and hold on to love and perseverance when there is nothing else to hold on to.

I first started listening to The Mighty Miss Malone on audiobook because that was the only edition available at the library. The woman who reads, Bahni Turpin, is such a pleasure to listen to and a masterful storyteller; by far one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I’ve listened to in a while. But when listening to the book was taking too long, (I only listen to audiobooks when I drive and don’t drive very often or very far), I decided to exchange it for the book. It only took me a night to finish and the voices of Bahni Turpin still stuck with me throughout the read.

Perfect for: Christopher Paul Curtis readers and those who have not yet had the pleasure of reading his work.

Don’t take my word for it: The Book Smugglers, The Washington Post


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