The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis is the sequel to Bud, Not Buddy, though it stands just fine on its own.
the spring of 1936, and America is in the grips of the Great
Depression. Across the country, sports fans are hanging their hopes on
the upcoming boxing bout between Joe Louis and German champion Max
Schmeling. And in Gary, Indiana, Deza Malone's family is getting by, if
only just. Her father was laid off at the factory, but her mother has a
steady job cleaning for the manager of the local bank. Deza is busy with
her normal pursuits: getting top marks in school and attempting to read
every book in the Gary Public Library. But, in such precarious times,
even a small disaster can topple a family's security. When one such
disaster strikes the Malone family, can they rise above it?
really enjoyed every book I've read by Christopher Paul Curtis, and this
was no exception. I found it a little darker and more sobering than
some of his books, though it still contains sparks of his trademark
humor. As always, Curtis has the ability to create characters one really
cares about. I loved the family dynamics in the Malone family, and the
way Curtis explored those dynamics as the family underwent trials and
hardships. I listened to the audiobook version of this story, and
narrator Bahni Turpin did an excellent job as always -- as I listen to
more and more audiobooks, she is one of the names I'm starting to watch
for. I highly recommend this book, especially as an audiobook.
(Reviewed from an audiobook borrowed through my library system.)