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Mighty Miss Malone
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
In the 1930's, the world was in a serious depression. It was a time when jobs were nearly impossible to obtain and families were often split when the man had to leave to find work. Christopher Paul Curtis uses the Malone family to paint a picture of the hardships so many families had during this time. Deza and her brother Jimmie are very close and are continually reminded that family is very important. Jimmie has a wonderful singing voice and finally uses it to accomplish 'family.' There are many diverse emotions, but humor and wit are also included in the funny and suspenseful story. An exceptional example of existence is provided in this realistic historical fiction novel. Boxing was a common conversation starter in the '30's when there was no television and the Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling fight plays a role in the story. Reading the background of this fight in the 'Afterword' will enlighten the reader's understanding of this fight.
Similar books: Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Date read: 2/27/2012
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