May B

May B

A Novel

Paperback - 2014
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"If May is a brave, stubborn fighter, the short, free-verse lines are one-two punches in this Laura Ingalls Wilder-inspired ode to the human spirit." -- Kirkus Reviews , Starred

I've known it since last night:
It's been too long to expect them to return.
Something's happened.

May is helping out on a neighbor's Kansas prairie homestead--just until Christmas, says Pa. She wants to contribute, but it's hard to be separated from her family by 15 long, unfamiliar miles. Then the unthinkable happens: May is abandoned. Trapped in a tiny snow-covered sod house, isolated from family and neighbors, May must prepare for the oncoming winter. While fighting to survive, May's memories of her struggles with reading at school come back to haunt her. But she's determined to find her way home again. Caroline Starr Rose's fast-paced novel, written in beautiful and riveting verse, gives readers a strong new heroine to love.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Yearling, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2014.
Edition: First Yearling edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780385374149
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 20 cm


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Library_Jill Jun 14, 2017

A beautiful novel in verse about a girl who finds herself abandoned on the prairie with winter on the way. Great for fans of the Little House on the Prairie series and Karen Hesse's "Out of the Dust," this story has few words, but a lot of heart, and explores themes of survival, dyslexia, and finding the courage to take hold of one's own destiny.

AL_KATI Jun 05, 2017

Pleasantly surprised, enough so that I read this in a day. I don't typically go for novels in verse but this one read like a novel. Perfect for fans of the "Little House" books.

Dec 13, 2014

This was a great book it was short but very descriptive it was one of my favorites

KCLSKidsGenre May 23, 2014

So much expression in so few words. A good choice for reluctant readers and fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Ages 10-14.

JCLMelodyMK Feb 05, 2014

A quick and insightful read in the life of a dyslexic child on the prairie and how girls were treated and valued during that time period.

Jul 14, 2012

This middle-grade historical novel-in-verse is fast-paced and fluid; with an in-depth look at prairie life and an elegant writing style, the author brings a harsh winter and a courageous protagonist to life.

Angela_rose_levy May 31, 2012

Really great YA poetic novel...facscinating looks at prairie life (ala Laura Ingalls Wilder) and a great resilient main character.


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Jul 14, 2012

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