By the award-winning author of 'Bud, Not Buddy', this novel is set similarly in the era of the Great Depression - in fact its heroine Deza Malone and Bud make cameo appearances in one another's stories. 12 year old Deza is marked out for academic success until her close-knit family is broken up by the economic devastation that hit America in the 1930's. When first her father, then her beloved brother, Jimmie leave in search of work, Deja and her mother must embark on a long struggle to be reunited with them. The historical setting is well realised and shows both the endemic racism of the period and the way in which African Americans were disproportionately affected by the turbulence in the labour market. There are many dramatic twists and turns to their story which is mediated through the voice and likeable character of Deja, who comes to earn her nickname of 'the Mighty Miss Malone'.