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The Mighty Miss Malone

by Christopher Paul Curtis

“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...

“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.

Suggested by Mrs. Coryell-Mahone (5th grade teacher)
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Hardcover - 320 pages - $15.99
ISBN: 0385734913 (ISBN13: 9780385734912)
Published Jan 10, 2012 by Wendy Lamb Books
First published 2012

the class

My students come from a wide range of demographics and backgrounds. In our building we have 5th and 6th grade students. This will be my students 2nd year in the...

My students come from a wide range of demographics and backgrounds. In our building we have 5th and 6th grade students. This will be my students 2nd year in the building. Since there are around 350-400 students in each grade level, many of my students may come to class the first day and not know each other. This will allow us to create our own learning and reading community!

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