The Great Depression has hit Gary Indiana hard, and there are few jobs--especially for black men like Mr. Malone. After thier father leaves Gary to find work, Deza, Jimme and thier mother set out in his wake, always holding out hope that they will catch up to him. The pluck with which the endearing, sometimes comical Deza faces the twists and turns of the family;s journey prives that she truly is the Might Miss Malone 

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis