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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book of 2012

  • Kirkus Reviews Best Teen's Book of 2012
  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011:
    “Deza is one great heroine in her own right, a fitting literary companion to Bud Caldwell.”
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, December 12, 2011:
    “Though the resolution of the family’s crisis is perhaps far-fetched, 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.”

  • “Curtis does not sugarcoat reality and focuses instead on the resilience of a memorable character.”

    School Library Journal

  • “With his distinctive style of storytelling that seamlessly presents the hardships and finds the humor in tough circumstances, Curtis forges the link between characters and readers. The fluidity of the writing, the strong sense of place and time, combined with well-drawn characters will captivate and delight. Deza is one great heroine in her own right, a fitting literary companion to Bud Caldwell.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Children
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/18/2014

    " It's good. The best thing about this is Deza's voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathleen Gillis | 2/12/2014

    " Warm, poignant story of tough times and strong people. Deza is a solid, relatable protagonist, her family's trials are believable, and as a reader, I never stopped hoping for all of them. A northern, urban Grapes of Wrath but Deza's intelligence and strength make it much more enjoyable. Beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bronx | 2/2/2014

    " This book has a mighty message about poverty, race and family. This book would be a great read aloud or used in a book club. The characters feel like people you would want to know. The Malone's values take over the book in such a positive way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lu Benke | 2/1/2014

    " I like Curtis' books but this one didn't do much for me. It may be a case where I should have read the hard copy instead of listening to the audio first. I love Bonnie Turpin as a narrator, but something about the audio version came off as confusing and a bit disjointed. Also, wondered what's with so many juvenile fiction books being on the Joe Louis fight in the 30's? "

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