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In the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award–winning Bud, Not Buddy, Bud met a girl named Deza Malone in a Hooverville. This is her story.

“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 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.

“Witty and moving.” —The Wall Street Journal

“The fluidity of the writing, the strong sense of place and time combined with well-drawn characters will captivate and delight. . . . a fitting literary companion to Bud Caldwell.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“Curtis threads important bits of African-American history throughout the narrative. . . . Some readers will feel they are due a bit of happiness; others will be struck by how little has changed in 75 years for the nation’s have-nots.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on January 10, 2012 by Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN-10: 0385734913
ISBN-13: 9780385734912
18 Book Reviews
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  • harrypfangirl
    harrypfangirlTuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:02 pm55 stars
    I really like this book! Deza Malone is very inspiring, she has hope even when her life seems pretty bad. Like when her dad and brother leave, all she says is "We're going to find them." Super inspiring!!!
    • baller1120
      baller1120Friday, December 2, 2016 at 1:44 pm44 stars
      If you read Bud, Not Buddy, then I guarantee you will love The Mighty Miss Malone! It tells the story of Deza Malone, which if you read Bud, Not Buddy, you might remember her. She is a smart young girl that struggles to keep her family together during the Great Depression.
      • hary joeSaturday, February 14, 2015 at 11:27 am
        all i want to say it is... AWESOME. who knew this book could be so cool. only god knew, it awesome or better than awesome.
        • nerd meSaturday, February 14, 2015 at 11:23 am
          if you ask me how many times I read this book it's 10 times. cause it is really COOL read it and you will see what I am talking. DON"T FORGET TO READ IT.
          • dsdsdSaturday, February 14, 2015 at 11:18 am
            this book opened my mind, like really it was....AWESOME , I am really serious you need to read this book. wait I want to go back and read it AGAIN I just love it.
            • estherSaturday, February 14, 2015 at 6:08 am
              it makes you feel like you are in this awesome book the author made a pretty good book here. I LOVE IT.
              • panda01
                panda01Friday, February 13, 2015 at 3:24 pm
                I love this book when i read it I feel like im in it living the story I read it two times and still havent gotten tired of it
                • s56942
                  s56942Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 12:48 pm
                  I am loving this book so far. My favorite character is Deza and her character trait is determination. It might be some interesting things they do but it is a really good book.
                  • zorba
                    zorbaSaturday, June 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm
                    AMAZING book. READ IT!!!!!!!
                    • 2tcFriday, June 20, 2014 at 11:55 am
                      soooooooooo much better than bud not buddy