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The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Jan 24, 2012 | ISBN 9780307968234 | 475 Minutes

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Praise

Best of the Year:
Publishers Weekly
Kirkus Reviews

“Witty and moving.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
“The fluidity of the writing, the strong sense of place and time combined with well-drawn characters will captivate and delight. . . . a fitting literary companion to Bud Caldwell.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
 
“Curtis threads important bits of African-American history throughout the narrative. . . . Some readers will feel they are due a bit of happiness; others will be struck by how little has changed in 75 years for the nation’s have-nots.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred

Awards

National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award WINNER

ALA Notable Children’s Book NOMINEE

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award NOMINEE 2013

Missouri Mark Twain Award NOMINEE 2015

New York State Charlotte Award NOMINEE 2014

Rhode Island Children’s Book Award NOMINEE 2015

Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award NOMINEE

Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Award NOMINEE 2014

ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings SELECTION 2013

NAACP Image Awards FINALIST

Author Q&A

An excerpt from Christopher Paul Curtis’s Afterword in his novel, THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE:
 
Even though Deza is a fictional character, many of her woes are based on the lives and struggles of very real children. A particularly rich and heartbreaking source was the collection of letters children sent to President Roosevelt during the Great Depression.
                           
Authors are frequently asked what they want a particular book to accomplish. What I want The Mighty Miss Malone to do is, first, to provide an enjoyable read. Second, as with all of my books, I want this to be a springboard for young people to ask questions and do more research on some of the themes the book explores, in this case the Great Depression and poverty in general. And third, I hope that Deza can serve as a voice for the estimated fifteen million American children who are poor, who go to bed hungry and whose parents struggle to make a dignified living to feed and care for them. After writing that last sentence, I can’t help feeling this: the fact that in late 2011 I can write that there are fifteen million poor children in this country is, to quote the Mighty Miss Malone, “A tragedy, a true tragedy.”

-Christopher Paul Curtis
 
(Figures are from the National Poverty Center of the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy—2009 Poverty Thresholds.)

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