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The Mighty Miss Malone

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CURTIS, Christopher Paul
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Despite all her hardship, Deza is a cheerful, positive heroine, captivating because of her optimism. While telling this story in a vignette-like fashion, Curtis (as in his other books) provides penetrating insights into the hardships of lifeóespecially for black peopleóduring the Great Depression of the 1930s.


  • WINNER Publisherís Weekly Best


  • The Madman of Piney Woods (not yet released; takes us back to characters in Buxton)
  • DeFELICE, Cynthia: Nowhere to Call Home (Farrar Strauss 1999) girl in the 30ies dresses up like a hobo to tour the country.
  • PECK, Richard C.: A Long Way from Chicago (Dial Press 1998) a novel in stories, most of them set in the 30ies.
  • ROBINET, Harriette Gillem: Mississippi Chariot (Atheneum 1994) black and white boy befriend each other during the Great Depression.
  • THURMAN, Wallace: The Blacker the Berry (The Macaulay Company 1929) young woman struggles with racism within the black community.
  • Wild Boys of the Road (1933) teenage boys on the road during the Great Depression.

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