Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to

The Mighty Miss Malone

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

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

The Mighty Miss Malone Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Deza is an unforgettable character whose perspective on historical events is by turns entertaining and provocative. Curtis' previous book, Bud, Not Buddy, in which young Deza makes an appearance, won both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award, among other honors, so THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE is in good company. As the story progresses, young readers will have frequent occasion to contemplate what it might have been like, for example, to be in constant pain because half their teeth were rotting away.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate