After a very, very long hiatus, summer reading is finally back! Check back periodically to read my book reviews as I read away the hazy hot and humid days of summer!
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Recommended for: grades 4 and up
Deza Malone and her family struggle to return to normalcy after a tragic accident involving her father forces them to leave their home in Gary Indiana.
Topics/themes: families, African-Americans, the great depression, Joe Lewis (boxer), resilience, poverty, character development, alliteration, words
My two cents:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’m happy to finally have had the opportunity to have read this book. It was recommended to me by a colleague shortly after it came out and I’m just getting around to it now.
As I’ve seen in many of Curtis’ books his characters rely on the strong relationships with family and friends. Deza and her family are smart and caring and were it not for the fact they are African-American and living during the Great Depression their story might be completely different. In his afterwards, Curtis talks about poverty in America today. This book could be a great springboard for conversations about education, and children, and the impact that poverty has on their lives.
Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
Bird in the Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Lucky Beans by Becky Birtha
Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis