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Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

Missing May (original 1992; edition 2004)

by Cynthia Rylant

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Title:Missing May
Authors:Cynthia Rylant
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 112 pages
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Missing May by Cynthia Rylant (1992)


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Since summer was six years old she lived with dear Aunt May and Uncle Ob. Now, six years later, Aunt May has died. Summer, who misses May with all her might, is afraid something will happen to Ob. Most days Ob seems like he doesn't want to go on.

But then Ob feels May's spirit around him and he wants to contact her. Cletus Underwood, a strange boy from school, reads about someone who could help him do that. Summer wants to hear from May too.

Ob and Summer don't know what to expect when they set off on their search for some sign from May. They only know they need something to ease their sorrow and give them strength to go on living, —always knowing they will never stop missing may.

The characters felt so real that I want to find that little home and meet them.

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  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
As a small child, orphaned Summer is adopted by May and Ob, an elderly aunt and uncle, who live in a ramshackle trailer in a back-woods West Virgina town. But for all they lack in means, they make up for in love. May think's they and their home are heaven. But May dies, and now neither Summer nor Uncle Ob know what to do.
An odd-ball boy from Summer's school, Cletus, begins to hang around their house in his spare time, and Summer begins to realize that for all of his weirdness, he's got some very good qualities too, and he seems to be helping Ob deal with his grief. But Summer is having difficulty dealing in a very different way, and neither Ob nor Cletus seems to be helping her. ( )
  fingerpost | Nov 2, 2016 |
This is a wonderful book about a young girl and a loss in her family, and how they deal with it.
It is written for 8-12 year old children, but I laughed and I cried, and I read it in one sitting! Absolutely loved it and the way it was written. Recommended to Everyone!! ( )
  TerriS | Nov 1, 2016 |
One of my favorite Newberys so far. It has a lot to teach children about losing a loved one.
  barefootcowgirl | Jul 29, 2016 |
Missing May, winner of the 1993 Newbery Medal, is a children's book about a young girl Summer who must deal with the sudden death of her beloved adopted mother (and Aunt) May . Summer, an orphan who has been passed from one relative to another after the death of her mother, is adopted at the age 6 by her Aunt May and Uncle Ob. Summer thrives under their care, knowing that she finally has a home. Six years later, Aunt May dies suddenly in her beloved garden. Summer must cope not only with her own grief, while worrying about Uncle Ob, who is overwhelmed by the thought of living without his beloved wife. But then Summer's Uncle Ob claims that May is on her way back--she has sent a sign from the spirit world. Summer isn't sure she believes in the spirit world, but her quirky classmate Cletus Underwood does. Cletus knows of a spirit medium in the capital city, and the three of them take a road trip to meet the medium and to connect again with May. This is a wonderful book that provides a look at grief, love, meaning of home and finding a way to move forward. 4 out of 5 stars. ( )
  marsap | Jul 21, 2016 |
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This wonderful book revolves around a few delightfully named characters: Summer, Uncle Ob, Aunt May and Cletus Underwood. After being passed among relatives, Summer joins her aunt and uncle and marvels at the couple's deep love for one another. But after Aunt May dies, Summer and Uncle Ob are brought together in their struggles to come to terms with the death. Cletus, a neighbor boy, comes along to help provide an answer. This simple and sweet story, which won the Newbery Medal in 1993, is injected with just the right touches of humor and mysticism.

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After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living. Twelve-year-old Summer, her classmate Cletus, and her grieving Uncle Ob set off across West Virginia in search of a "Small Medium at Large" in fond hopes of reaching Aunt May beyond the grave. Their journey is heartening, funny, and altogether unforgettable.… (more)

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