May B.

May B.

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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.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 137 x 203 x 23mm | 318g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 158246393X
  • 9781582463933
  • 826,764

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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2011: "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." Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, December 5, 2011: "Writing with compassion and a wealth of evocative details, Rose offers a memorable heroine and a testament to the will to survive."
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About Caroline Rose

CAROLINE STARR ROSE spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. As a girl she danced ballet, raced through books by Laura Ingalls, and put on magic shows in a homemade cape. She graduated from the University of New Mexico and went on to teach both social studies and English in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. In her classroom, she worked to instill in her students a passion for books, the freedom to experiment with words, and a curiosity about the past. Visit her at
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5,620 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 29% (1,603)
4 37% (2,088)
3 25% (1,419)
2 6% (362)
1 3% (148)

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Like Ellen Hopkins's or Lisa Schroeder's books in verse, each word in MAY B. is obviously carefully chosen and placed in such a way that not one is wasted and each means so much. Although this is a fast read, it's still a substantial one, full of tension and moving scenes, and I felt like my heart had been both pulled through the wringer and filled with joy in the afternoon it took me to read. MAY B. is about a very determined girl whose heartbreaking story is one of survival, self-discovery and great fortitude. May is faced with the almost impossible task of keeping herself alive when abandoned in a sod house on the harsh prairie. May lives in a simpler, yet often harsher era in history, but her pluck and determination are timeless, and I think anyone will find much to love in this beautiful more
by Joanne Levy
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