Friday, November 2, 2012

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
231 pages
Tween Novel in Verse

Book Jacket Summary
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.

My Thoughts
Survival books have always been a favorite of mine because I always think about what to do in a sudden apocalypse or if I was on a deserted island. This is one that does not deal with the action but rather the psychology of being alone for so long in a soddy cabin. May is sent away from her family to earn money as a helper to newlyweds during the winter months. Instead she is left alone with dwindling supplies and no hope to get home once the snow starts to fall. 
She struggles with her school primer and the way words do not come together. She has dyslexia but in that time there was not a word or diagnosis for this learning disability. Instead she she thought dumb and unteachable, even though May's life dream is to be a teacher. She dwells on these thoughts as she struggles to survive. This is a great book and the verse makes you connect with May on a deeper level.
I highly recommend this one who wonders what it is like to be dyslexic and the struggles that came to those who were unable to have a diagnosis. What is does to their minds, especially under duress. May has the courage to survive and the will to find her way home despite the odds. 

Book Pairings
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Crossing Stones by Helen Frost

1 comment:

  1. This book looks very interesting,
    Just like you, I love survival books, and this one is no exception. I love the name of the book, too. And the cover, of course.
    I haven't read any books told in verse, but this one will be on my TBR, for sure.
    LOVED your review, Karen
    Your constant reader,


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