Published by Schwartz & Wade on January 10th 2012
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've gotten in this habit of not rereading a synopsis of a book before reading it. Which always makes the book more surprising when first starting it. I knew it was a middle grade novel in verse, but beyond that didn't quite remember what it would be about.
I've been a fan of frontier novels from a young age and so I delved deep into this one, a story about a girl who is going to help a new couple settle on the frontier. May B is separated from her family and is haunted by the fact that she cannot read in a normal way. After starting to settle in, the wife runs off and her husband leaves to chase her down, but neither come back, leaving May B to settle in for winter on her own, not sure of how to get home.
May B was a book of survival and dealing with the coming to age story of a young girl who wishes she could do the one thing she can't. May B as a character is a strong girl who fights to survive and loves the thrill of being on the frontier. She knows that her parents have yet to hear of her being alone and she must stay brave until come to find her.
The tale was driven by wonderful verse and the story flew by in May B's point of view. Definitely a middle grade novel you will not want to miss.