With Stine, you know what to expect. Simple language, stories with at least one twist, stuff to scare little kids. If you’re looking for a relaxing read, or if you’re a reluctant reader, this is the stuff for you.
Despite all her hardship, Deza is a cheerful, positive heroine, captivating because of her optimism. While telling this story in a vignette-like fashion, Curtis (as in his other books) provides penetrating insights into the hardships of life—especially for black people—during the Great Depression of the 1930s.