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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
17 Book Reviews
  • harrypfangirl
    harrypfangirlover 1 year55 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
      baller1120over 5 years44 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 joeover 7 years
        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 meover 7 years
          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.
          • dsdsdover 7 years
            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.
            • estherover 7 years
              it makes you feel like you are in this awesome book the author made a pretty good book here. I LOVE IT.
              • panda01
                panda01over 7 years
                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
                  s56942over 7 years
                  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
                    zorbaabout 8 years
                    AMAZING book. READ IT!!!!!!!
                    • 2tcabout 8 years
                      soooooooooo much better than bud not buddy