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The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Jan 19, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: to-read

I can't put my finger on why I don't love this book more.

But I think it has something to do with Deza's transition from happy-kid to aware-of-the-world-around-her-kid. It happens so suddenly, and although she's very aware of what her family's going through (almost hyper aware of herself), the shift feels like-- I don't know-- like she gets on a roller coaster ride of Depression-era pain, and comes off it a new person.

ANd while it's true that pain can tumbleweed in life, and while its also true that a kid can suddenly become aware of the tumbleweed, this tumbleweed feels like a little too much, too fast.

I found myself thinking about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for some reason. That subtle filtering of awareness and adult comprehension of poverty through childlike magic and wonder. I wished for more of that here.

That said, it's a good book. It just fell a little short of what I wanted.

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