The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

First *sob* I have to tell you *sniffle* that I wasn’t able to get to the book signing with Mr. Curtis *sob*. In January Mr. Curtis was supposed to appear at Harleysville Books but his wife went into labor and Mr. Curtis had to fly home to be with his family. Well Mr.Curtis kept his promise and came back to Harleysville Books today but *sniff* I can’t be there *sob* because a very close friend of our family has an important event going on that we really need to be at *boo hoo hoo* . So dear readers, I will not be reporting about the book signing today but maybe one day, I will be able to meet the Newbery Award winning author -Christopher Paul Curtis. One good note is that the owner of Harleysville Books, Mrs. Shelly PLumb, told me I could drop my book off and Mr. Curtis would still sign it! 🙂 Thank you Mrs. Plumb!!

So on to the book review!

The Mighty Miss Malone

By Christopher Paul Curtis

320 pages – ages 9+

Published by Wendy Lamb Books on January 10, 2012

The Malones are having a very hard time during the Great Depression. The African-American family had it rough, but it got even worse when Deza Malone’s father goes on a fishing trip on Lake Michigan and he never comes back. Deza and her family fear he is dead. One day a very frail and old-looking man came to the Malone’s house. Deza’s mother claimed the man was Deza’s father. Deza didn’t believe it but her brother Jimmie did. Deza slowly realized this man was in fact her father. Deza overheard her mother and father talking about her father going to Flint, Michigan to find work. After weeks of not hearing from him they move to Flint only to find out that her father was not there. Deza wonders if her family will ever be whole again.

I really liked this “sequel” to “Bud Not Buddy”, the book that Mr. Curtis won the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award (if you haven’t read “Bud Not Buddy” I highly recommend it). Miss Malone appears in “Bud not Buddy” but only plays a small part. One of the questions I wanted to ask Mr. Curtis is why he chose to write a book about Deza. I am glad he did. I really liked Deza. She is very smart and strong, but it is sad because she has to deal with racism. She is not graded well in school because she is an African-American even though she does well. I really like Deza’s brother Jimmie too. He seems like a kid I’d like to be friends with. He doesn’t do really well in school, but he is funny and a good person. The book starts out before Deza meets Bud (from “Bud not Buddy”) and has the scene where they meet in this book too, I like that. Most of all I liked the Malone family motto – “We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful.” I should also say the book does have a happy ending and I like that too!

FIVE out of five bookworms for “The Mighty Miss Malone”!

To learn more about Mr. Curtis and his other books, please visit his website HERE.



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23 replies

  1. So sorry your going to miss Mr. Curtis – that would have been awesome – but at least you’ll get your book signed.

    I loved Bud Not Buddy and The Watson’s Go To Birmingham 1963. I didn’t realize Mr. Curtis had a new book out, so thanks for the heads up. I will definitely have to read this one!

    • I haven’t read the Watson’s go to Birmingham – I’ll have to get that one! I think you’ll like this book if you liked “Bud not Buddy’! I get to go and pick my book up today! Mrs. Plumb had Mr. Curtis sign it 😉

  2. Bummer! I’d be really disappointed, too.

    This sounds like a great read. Everything I’ve read by Mr. Curtis has been absolutely top-notch.

  3. I have heard so much about this lovely book. I fear I am turning into one of those people who buys and checks out children’s books just for herself because they are beyond her children. Oh, well, off to add this one to my list!

  4. I didn’t know about this book, Erik. You’ve written a good review–I think I’ll check this book out. Thanks!

  5. Awww, I’m sorry you cannot meet Mr. Curtis, but maybe he’ll come back for the signing of his next one. This is all part of learning how to handle disappointment, the down parts of life, but we can’t have everything our way. You did write a very good review of his book, though, Erik, and you didn’t have to meet him to do that. 🙂 Great job.

  6. So sorry you missed the book signing Erik and the opportunity to meet Mr. Curtis. But, you did write an excellent review of his book. Great that you found a book about racism during the Depression era, that you could read and review. Sounds like a great teaching book for kids. Racism was very prevalent. It wasn’t uncommon that parents went off to find work during that period. Great review!

    • Thank you Ms. Tilton! I like books set in the Depression Era, especially ones with a message about how people overcame the tough times. The Mighty Miss Malone was also good because I didn’t think about racism dunring that time so I learned a lot. I am glad you liked my review!

  7. I have found so many great, new authors since I started following your blog, Erik! Thank you. I have already put in my request for Bud Not Buddy, and The Mighty Miss Malone at the library. 🙂

    I’m sorry you weren’t able to go to the signing, I would have been disappointed too, but I’m sure it meant a lot to your family friend that you all were at their event. And knowing you, you’ll find another opportunity to meet Mr Curtis down the road. I hope you and the family have a good week!

  8. Too bad you didn’t get a chance to go to the book signing. Perhaps you’ll have another chance soon. I read “Bud Not Buddy”, but I don’t remember Miss Malone. I’ll have to look into it since I enjoyed “Bud Not Buddy”,

  9. I do hope that one day you do get a chance to see Christopher Curtis and hear him speak. He is wonderful with kids and adults too. A very inspiring speaker. I have not read his latest book yet, but I do intend to do so. My favorite books of his are When the Watsons Go to Birmingham and Bud Not Buddy.

  10. I forgot to mention that I liked your review.

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