I had to choose this one especially since I finished it a few days ago. The Mighty Miss Malone is my first Middle Grade read of 2018. Hope it won’t be my last. I can see why its author Christopher Paul Curtis won the Newberry Medal. This was not my first read from Curtis. I read and enjoyed The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963 a few years ago. Christopher Paul Curtis is an author who writes historical fiction very well for young people. As you know I’m usually not a fan of YA but for some reason Middle Grade just warms my heart. Do you like to read Middle Grade and/or YA if so why and what titles have impressed you the most? Check out the video below of Christopher Paul Curtis talking about his writing and how he got started. It’s inspiring!
The Mighty Miss Malone – Christopher Paul Curtis, hardcover, 307 pages
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Day 3 – Young Adult/Middle-Grade:
These two genres don’t usually attract me at all. I just get a little bored reading them at times so I don’t set out to read them at all. However, The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 is a book I missed. It was published in 1995 so ahem!, so I was older. I was old enough not to have this one on my radar. Photo challenges have this way of getting avid readers like me to dig deep. I found this one on my shelves neglected. It was originally given to me in a bag of used books that someone wanted to discard. I love discarded books because I always seem to find treasures inside of them. This book won a 1996 Newberry Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award. Christopher Paul Curtis has written many other middle-grade/Young Adult awarded novels, like Bud, not Buddy, Elijah of Buxton, The Mighty Miss Malone, among others.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 is “A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny’s 13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma’s church is blown up.” (description from iTunes Books)