The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis. The Malones of Gary, Indiana have a motto. “We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful.” Unfortunately, it is the Great Depression, and it seems to be taking awhile to get there. Twelve-year-old Deza (otherwise known at the Mighty Miss Malone) is the smartest child in her class, but her father is unemployed, and the family must eat buggy oatmeal or go hungry. First, her father leaves to find work. Then when her mother loses her job as a maid, the family packs up and sets off to find him. Deza’s journey is filled with adventures, which include riding the rails, staying in a homeless camp, and going to a night club to hear her brother sing. Throughout it all, Deza keeps her sense of humor and her belief that someday her family will be reunited and find their way to Wonderful.
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head