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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

requested by

Ms. Moshtagh (Math Teacher & Freshman Advisory Lead)

at East Palo Alto Academy, East Palo Alto, CA

Here since Jan 20, 2016

Books received - 18

As a teacher and advisor to EPA students, I'm one of the only adults in their lives who pushes them to succeed. My advisees often refer to me as their "school mom," and I strive to fulfill that role in many ways, including providing them with the materials necessary for them to learn and grow. As a math teacher, I teach using many manipulatives and tangible, real-world concepts to promote critical, creative, and analytic thinking skills; I want to foster a love for learning, which is something that many students lose during high school, especially when they have little-to-no support at home.

the class

Class of 2019 Advisory class; many of my students are not proficient readers, and don't have much access to quality books within their reading levels. My class...

Class of 2019 Advisory class; many of my students are not proficient readers, and don't have much access to quality books within their reading levels. My class has a HUGE personality, which can be wonderful at times, and at others, a major challenge for me. I've witnessed each of my advisees demonstrate that they are capable of greatness, but they often don't trust their own abilities, and often fall behind. Whenever they are able to invest in some content or assignment, they are able to see themselves the way I see them, and begin to believe that they can continue to achieve more and more.

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