reviewed by Hayden Hayes
The Mighty Miss Malone is a great novel. I think that the book was very realistic. It showed what life was only a short time period after the slavery law was passed. The book kept you on the edge of your seat. I could barely put it down, all the surprises, the tragedies, the good and the bad things that happened. It’s my favorite book of all time. I LOVED IT!
Miss Malone, also known as Deza Malone, is a strong character. Her heart is pure, but she is a little rough around the edges. She claims to have a second brain, and the second one is B-A-D, BAD! It tells her to do unspeakable things, which are just plain mean. To make the brain be quiet or “shut up” as she says, she bites down on her back teeth really hard. This is her bad habit.
She was a best friend for life, especially to a sister from another mister; Clarice. They always hang with one and other. You’d need a crowbar to pry them apart. She loves her family with all her heart. Her family watches out for each other. They’re family motto is “We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful”. It is wonderful to see a family so close.
She loves to write, loves doing school work, and absolutely loves being best in her class. One day she was called second to last for her assignment. In her class, it’s good to be called last. She was always used to being called last and for the first time EVER she was called second to last. She thought it was horrible, it was the worst day of her life, but it turned out a little different. You have to read the book to figure out what happened.
Her brother, Jimmie has a voice of an angel. He protects his little sister and loves her with all his heart. Jimmie hangs out with the wrong sort of people, has hard times in school, and may do some wrongs in his life. But Jimmie would never, ever hurt anyone on purpose. He has a pure heart, too. He just has a little more rough edges.
The great depression hits where Deza and her family live, (Gary, Indiana), very hard. There was practically no work for men of color. Sadly Deza’s father leaves on a fishing trip and is lost in the fog. Her mother has to work now more. But then the family she works for is leaving. So she has to find new work, but it is incredibly hard. This story only gets worse the Malone family is forced to leave their home. They live at a homeless camp for a while. That’s where Jimmie learns he can make money from his amazing singing gift. So he goes off and now it’s just Deza and her mother. All of these things happen while they are worried sick about Deza’s father.
This story continues with ups and downs that I wish I could tell you about, but I can’t. Read the book. I know some parts are just so sad and the beginning doesn’t start off really exciting but keep going, It’s truly a great book. Once you read it, you will want to read it again. I know I wanted to! Hope you enjoy, BYE!