“May B.” by Caroline Starr Rose
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Novel-in-Verse, Historical Fiction
Summary from Goodreads:
I’ve known it since last night:
It’s been too long to expect them to return.
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.
- I don’t normally read free verse books. They always are too spare on details for me. I really liked this though. The spare details become May’s voice.
- I loved the Little House feel to the story. Frontier living doesn’t always work for me but I grew to like it here. May isn’t always good at it. She struggles with it but that makes her easier to relate to.
- May was an awesome heroine! She’s strong but she’s strong in a way that you could relate to. She’s not good at some things but she still tries her hardest. She doesn’t give up with her education. She doesn’t give up on living. She decides to rescue herself when no one seems to be coming for her.
The bottom line? I liked it very much.