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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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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 |
Missing May is a novel that deals with grief, loss, hope, and recovery. Summer, the main character, has experienced much loss. When her mom died, she was bounced around the family until the eccentric Ob and sweet May took her in at the age of 6. Summer feels the love she had so desired, but tragedy strikes when May dies some years later. With Summer and Ob left to grieve and navigate through the aftermath, Ob turns to the spiritual world for a glimmer of hope. Just as things look dire, Cletus, one of Summer’s classmates shows up to snoop inside the old Chevy sitting in the yard and changes everything.
Cynthia Rylant tackles the topic of loss and grief in this heavy and emotional book. Summer feels the weight of those around her and seeks to “fix” every ailment. She has lived beyond her years, and must navigate her way through the grief that encompasses her at a time when she also must come of age. This book would be suitable for teaching about loss, hope, and friendship. ( )
  southpaw27 | Jun 29, 2016 |
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When May died, Ob came back to the trailer, got out of his good suit and into his regular clothes, then went and sat in the Chevy for the rest of the night.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0439613833, Mass Market Paperback)

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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