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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 it's 1936 and 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.
I'm a sucker for Young Adult fiction. Some of the best books in my opinion come from that category. The Mighty Miss Malone is no exception.
This book is set in the 1930's and the author really gives the reader an idea of how it was for an African American family in the north during that time. Deza is an especially fun character, full of energy and spunk. I love that she's an avid reader, and I love even more when she discovers books that she truly loves.
You will love her family with all the struggles and mishaps they endure. Her father is crazy funny, her brother is super talented, and her mother is hardworking. I love the historical aspect and how younger readers can still relate with Deza and her family, even though the book is set in a totally different time and place. I would really love to see more books like this being published for our youth.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars