You follow Deza as she becomes aware of her situation as a black girl in a society filled with prejudice and racism. The passages where she explains how she can't see herself in stories, where the characters are always described as "pale" and "fair", broke my heart.
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Despite the constant struggles, heartache and pain Deza and her family experience throughout the novel, Deza's voice is bright, hopeful and inspiring. Had another character narrated the story it likely would have been more depressing, but I don't think it would have been nearly as impactful. Aug 02, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: peculiar-heroes-and-heroines , cultural-african-literature , family , historical-fiction , the-kid-in-me.
All I know now is, I will never disrespect money again. Have you ever imagined what life would be like if you were gravely poor? To have to suffer worm and bug infested oatmeal because that's the only way you'll ever make your three meals a day, or endure endless, painful bites of stones through your sole less shoes because it's either that or no shoes at all? Have you ever imagined a life of impoverishment?
I'm a hypocrite. I know I say I love books that indulge all my faculties, books that push me over the edge with plaguing thoughts and musings, but I don't like to think about things like this. I hate having to think about things like this. I do not want to imagine a life of poverty, of rationing and mincing and penny-pinching. I prefer being oblivious to it all - to the hard truth that there are people who really have to live through such.
I am very grateful to this book for not sparing my petty feelings at all. We are the only family in the world, in my ken, that has a motto of our own! We get a daunting view of what life was like for their African American family in the time of The Great Depression. And the incredible thing about both pictures is, they aren't mutually exclusive. They're like two great halves of one great, big picture. I was torn between wanting to be part of the the first picture - Deza's inspiring family, and dreading and cringing at the high cost it came with.
Because, like I said, both pictures aren't mutually exclusive, so I very well couldn't be part of the first picture without suffering through the second. And that's why this was a fine mess of a story that continuously left me with a bitter sweet feeling. My rollercoaster of feels There's that lingering feeling of sweetness that comes with reading about the significance of love and the most basic human connections and relationships: Marriage, family, siblinghood, friendship, relationship - platonic and otherwise.
Knowing that sometimes they are the only things that last, the only things we have when all is truly lost, is honestly one of the sweetest and most humbling things to read about. You'd never imagine that a family could be so broken, but manage to get by without actually breaking.
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The great truth of it did. Needham closed her eyes. They will go astray. Plans and schemes simply will not work out sometimes. It's the truth. It's law.
It's life. It's something not even fictional characters are immune to. It's something Deza and her family continuously experienced and suffered through. I don't know much about the Great Depression really, but I do know it was a very severe time to live in. This book explores all of it in ways accessible to readers of the middle grade age.
At first I thought," Why, why in the world would anyone shelf this as a children's book? If I had read this when I was younger, I would have grown up a faithless child. Deza is such an inspirational character, and she makes this book bright and enthralling despite all the sad little bits of it that hurt.
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But I'll also say, for all her uniqueness and remarkability, her older dumbo of a brother is truly the hero of this story. He makes me want to ring my brother up this instant! Mash them up together and you have the portrait of an astounding character like Deza. Hence the title, The Mighty Miss Malone. The book tells us that Deza didn't speak until she was three years old.
And when she did, when she finally did, she made a lasting memory of the moment by letting out a long string of words that fell right into a conversation her father who was carrying her almost dropped her in surprise - or shock. I didn't know it was possible, but I fell more in love with Deza's character after that little revelation from her mother. Deza sounded very much like the learned girl she was, and as young as she was, her words oozed wisdom and confidence.
I had to remind myself enough times that it was a 12 year old girl I was actually reading about. The little girl had such a beautiful mind, and to top it off, a red-hot fevered love for books. I live for books! One day I may even be a writer. My dream is to read every book in the Gary Public Library and to be a teacher who is tough but fair I'd hate to see what she would do to non-readers who would dare scorn a reader's reading lifestyle. It could range from mild: To really ugly: Okay.
I'm kidding she's not that volatile. I know I already established that the answer was no, but my eyes did fill up at certain points in the story. Things just got so messy, times grew harder and Deza's family was split up, and it was all just a big mess. And that great big mess succeeded in messing up my feelings greatly. I just wish someone had told me it was going to be okay. That these characters were going to be okay.
That's all I wanted to hear I honestly am at a loss for words to describe how I feel right now, so I'll borrow Deza's. What a tragedy, a true tragedy that it had to end! Maybe I saw it wrong. I looked again but it was the same.
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Maybe if I bang it hard enough my grade will jump up a mark! With Father it was like you were strolling along a road, holding his hand and stopping whenever something caught your fancy. One of them reminded me of myself. He seemed scareder than his friend so I took him under my wing. He was very nervous and shy, but you could see how sweet he was too. It tires you out and you never seem to get any kind of reward.
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And because I can trust my brother. Mitwally was that way. I put the lid back on the box. I would never read these letters.
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They would be filled with nothing but pain. Her lines were back. She gave me a sad smile. It took time to set him straight , To learn hope was an open gate. View all 31 comments. May 07, Bonnie Cassidy rated it it was amazing. My 5th grade daughter was a few chapters into this book when she told me I "had to read it. My daughter is an avid reader, and she was struck by one passage in which Deza, also an avid reader, starts to lose her love of reading because she can't relate to any of the characters in the books she is r My 5th grade daughter was a few chapters into this book when she told me I "had to read it.