The MightyMiss Malone
The Mighty Miss Malone
The MightyMiss Malone
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 it's 1936 and the Great Depression has 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.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Deza Malone, the main character in The MightyMiss Malone is an enthusiastic, realistic little black girl living through the great depression.  Her mom holds a job, but her dad can’t find work. Deza sees herself as a great author and a girl who will go far in life.

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