The Book Beat is pleased to present Michigan native, Newbery winner and best-selling children’s literature author Christopher Paul Curtis, coming to Groves High School in Birmingham on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm. He will be speaking, signing books and introducing his latest title, The Mighty Miss Malone. It’s written for ages 9 and up, partly takes place in Detroit, Michigan and features a character first introduced in Curtis’s best-selling book, Bud, Not Buddy. The event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by Book Beat, the Baldwin Public Library and the Birmingham Public Schools Diversity and Library Media Department.
The Mighty Miss Malone follows the quest of a young heroine and her family looking for their father who came to Michigan for work. Curtis’s signature skill in bringing historical subjects to life for children shines here as the novel is set during the Great Depression and takes place in Indiana and Michigan. Deza Malone was originally introduced in Curtis’s beloved Bud, Not Buddy, a book that won the Newbery Medal for children’s fiction in 2000. This book is sure to be a hit for young readers who are looking for a strong female character with a great story that’s both educational and enjoyable.
With his distinctive style of storytelling that seamlessly presents the hardships and finds the humor in tough circumstances, Curtis forges the link between characters and readers. The fluidity of the writing, the strong sense of place and time combined with well-drawn characters will captivate and delight. …Deza is one great heroine in her own right, a fitting literary companion to Bud Caldwell. — Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
“To me the highest accolade comes when a young reader tells me, ‘I really liked your book.’ The young seem to be able to say ‘really’ with a clarity, a faith, and an honesty that we as adults have long forgotten. That is why I write.”–Christopher Paul Curtis
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Christopher Paul Curtis was born in Flint and is the author of Bud, Not Buddy, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Bucking the Sarge, Elijah of Buxton and more. Curtis worked for 13 years at Flint’s Fisher Body Plant #1 before becoming a well-known children’s author who has won many of the top honors in his field including the Newbery Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. Christopher Paul Curtis made an outstanding debut in children’s literature with The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963. His second novel, Bud, Not Buddy, is the first book ever to receive both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award. Christopher Paul Curtis recently moved to and lives in Detroit. Book Beat is excited to work with Curtis again in presenting him and his newest work to the Detroit area. For more information or to reserve a copy in advance please call the Book Beat at 248-968-1190. The event will take place at Groves High School, (20500 West Thirteen Mile Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025) in the school’s auditorium.