The Mighty Miss Malone

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Unforgettable 12-year-old girl battles the Great Depression.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 1 review

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age 10+

Excellent, but heavy subject matter

I read this book with our two daughters 7 and 9. It was a great springboard for enlightening discussions about prejudice and poverty during the Great Depression. There are parts that are very difficult for sensitive readers that parents might want to be aware of: specifically, the father has a violent encounter with another man that involves him being hit in the face with a boat oar, his face being disfigured and teeth knocked out. The family stay in a Hoover Town the danger present to little girls referenced (though it went over our girls heads) on a couple of instances. The part where Dezas father can't bear to breath in near his daughter for the smell of her rotting teeth is gut wrenching to read and brought tears to all of us. I guess one can't paint a pretty picture of such a horrible time, but just be mentally prepared for heavy subject matter. Would I read it again? Yes. Would probably wait until our youngest was a few years older, though.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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For kids who love stories of African-Amercian experience

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