Featured Book of the Month - May 2013
We are pleased to announce our May children's title for the Featured Book of the Month program!
The Mighty Miss Malone
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Featured Book of the Month – May 2013
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Deza Malone, 12, has a couple of big things going for her. She comes from a strong family, and she is smart as a whip. But there is plenty of bad to go along with the good. It’s 1936 and her dad can’t find work; her brother, Jimmie, he of the beautiful singing voice, isn’t growing; and her teeth, full of cavities, require treatment of cotton soaked with camphor. Can things get worse? Certainly. Her father disappears and her mother moves the family from Gary to Flint, which lands the trio in a Hooverville shack. Then Jimmie takes off to sing. Deza is devastated when she overhears her father say her rotting teeth make him avert his head, but her suffering is forgotten until, she goes to a dentist. Deza is a snappy character that will grab readers, and Curtis’ portrayal of a family’s love for each other feels real and true. (From Booklist).
Explore beyond the book!
- Visit Christopher Paul Curtis’ website to learn more about the author and his other books.
- Deza Malone, the main character, was a child of the Great Depression. Learn more about the Great Depression by clicking here.
Check for this book at your local library today!