The Mighty Miss Malone

Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

The book “The Mighty Miss Malone”, by Christopher Paul Curtis, features the character Deza Malone from “Bud, Not Buddy”. Deza is a talkative character who claims to be a rather modest (Is she? I’m a bit doubtful of that…) and good, sensible and responsible person.

In the beginning of this book, Deza lived with her big brother Jimmie, her mother, and father. They had a well-off life until Deza’s father got injured in a boating trip. Then The Great Depression hit hard, and there were no jobs for a black family like the Malones. So Deza’s father left the town in search for a job, despite the fact that he was not fully healed. Soon after, Deza’s family left their town, and set out on a journey to find Deza’s father.

From Gary, Indiana to Flint, Michigan, from the safety of a house to a Hooverville camp. Deza endured a lot of changes in her life. But what hurt her most was the loss of family members. After she lost her father, Jimmie set off to become a professional singer, and left Deza to live just her mother.

The Malone family appreciated each other. To them, family was most important. “I still had my family, and like Mother always says, without a family you’re nothing but dust on the wind.” I think that is what makes this story important. Without the importance of family, this book is meaningless.

There was no the perfect happily ever after, nor a very exciting once upon a time. Then again, there never really is. It’s impossible. But Deza was one of the many black people that lived through The Great Depression. She was very fortunate to have survived and to have even found her father!

My favorite scene in this book is when Deza met Bud. Deza’s point of view made me realize that you can learn more about Bud as well. I read this to understand the character Deza Malone from “Bud, Not Buddy”. But I found a different side that I never saw of Bud Caldwell in “The Mighty Miss Malone” too. Also, I noticed how people saw things differently, how people thought differently, how people react differently, and how some people exaggerate to the extent that I can’t even tell which version is true (That doesn’t even make sense!). And somehow, it’s really amusing.

’Once upon a time…’ …Those are the 4 best words to use when you start telling about yourself because anything that begins that way always, always finishes with another four words, ‘…They lived happily ever after.’ And that’s a good ending for any story.” These words from Deza contradict the words I said earlier. So? That’s her opinion. I think Deza will always have problems to worry about, problems to deal with. If Deza’s story had to have a happily ever after, I think it would be when she dies. But for Deza, she already has reached her happy ending, hasn’t she? And this is her story.


And so, she lived happily ever after.



It's a good review about life of some ordinary people surviving the tough time. At some parts, the reviewer really is trying to express how the he(she) feels, but without enought of details that I just don't really get it. Like the part with Bud. This makes it a necessity to read the book yourself. I guess this is probably a good tactic for writing a good book review, so the readers will try to read the book themselves.

Average: 4 (1 vote)