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!
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!
To learn more about Mr. Curtis and his other books, please visit his website HERE.
Categories: Age 9+