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The Mighty Miss Malone
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CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTIS is the bestselling author of Bud, Not Buddy, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Medal, among many other honors. His first novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, was also singled out for many awards, among them a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor.

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In Depression-era Indiana, Deza Malone's opportunities are slim despite her potential. She's got the smarts, the determination, and the attitude, but her family lacks the resources to help her grow to her full potential-and things only become worse when her father needs to leave for Michigan to find work. Narrator Bahni Turpin's exuberant performance and raspy voice make this an enjoyable and lively audio edition. Deftly rendering Deza, Turpin produces an impressive range of emotions for the young protagonist as she confronts challenges. For male characters, the narrator lowers her voice a few octaves, creating spot-on voices and an audiobook guaranteed to appeal to young listeners. Ages 10-14. A Wendy Lamb hardcover. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book of 2012 Kirkus Reviews Best Teen's Book of 2012
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011:
"Deza is one great heroine in her own right, a fitting literary companion to Bud Caldwell." Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, December 12, 2011:
"Though the resolution of the family's crisis is perhaps far-fetched, some readers will feel they are due a bit of happiness; others will be struck by how little has changed in 75 years for the nation's have-nots."

Twelve-year-old Deza Malone's family is struggling with Depression-era life in Gary, Indiana, but their strength to persevere is a testament to resilience, good humor, high hopes, and courage. As her father searches for work far away from home, Deza, her mother, and her brother are determined to follow him. When they do, the trials of racism, hunger, and homelessness are palpable. Turpin's talent embodies the voice of Deza as she journeys to find not only herself but also her most important family values. Common Core Standard: RL.7.9. Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and an historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history. Content Standard: Georgia Department of Education (English Language Arts, Grade 7: ELA7R1) c. Relate a literary work to information about its setting or historical moment. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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