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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Publisher Comments:

"We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great Depression hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother Jimmie go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie's beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home, and cling to the hope that they will find Father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.

Review:

"Even ardent fans of Curtis's Newbery winner, Bud, Not Buddy, may not remember Deza Malone, who shares dishwashing duties with Bud Caldwell during his brief stay at a Hooverville in Flint, Mich. Responding to readers' pleas that he write a book with a female main character, Curtis traces the path that led Deza's family to homelessness. It's 1936 in Gary, Ind., and the Great Depression has put 12-year-old Deza's father out of work. After a near-death experience trying to catch fish for dinner, Roscoe Malone leaves for Flint, hoping he'll find work. But Deza's mother loses her job shortly after, putting all the Malones out on the street. As in his previous books, Curtis threads important bits of African-American history throughout the narrative, using the Joe Louis — Max Schmeling fight to expose the racism prevalent even among people like the librarian who tells Deza that Louis is 'such a credit to your race.' 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. Ages 10 – 14." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“Deza is one great heroine in her own right, a fitting literary companion to Bud Caldwell.” Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385734912
Author:
Curtis, Christopher Paul
Publisher:
Wendy Lamb Books
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 20th Century
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
30.5 x 9.6 x 6 in 9.875 lb
Age Level:
from 9 up to 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Even ardent fans of Curtis's Newbery winner, Bud, Not Buddy, may not remember Deza Malone, who shares dishwashing duties with Bud Caldwell during his brief stay at a Hooverville in Flint, Mich. Responding to readers' pleas that he write a book with a female main character, Curtis traces the path that led Deza's family to homelessness. It's 1936 in Gary, Ind., and the Great Depression has put 12-year-old Deza's father out of work. After a near-death experience trying to catch fish for dinner, Roscoe Malone leaves for Flint, hoping he'll find work. But Deza's mother loses her job shortly after, putting all the Malones out on the street. As in his previous books, Curtis threads important bits of African-American history throughout the narrative, using the Joe Louis — Max Schmeling fight to expose the racism prevalent even among people like the librarian who tells Deza that Louis is 'such a credit to your race.' 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. Ages 10 – 14." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “Deza is one great heroine in her own right, a fitting literary companion to Bud Caldwell.”
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