May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

How did I get the book?  Winning Bid, Write Hope

Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: 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.

200words (or less) review: Prior to this year I never touched a book written completely in verse and somehow I’ve ended up reading one a month since. May B has been sitting on my shelf entirely too long and I’m a little annoyed with myself for that.

Mavis Elizabeth Betterly, better known as May B is a young girl that gets sent to work for neighbours (15 miles away) helping Mr Oblinger’s new wife adjust to life in the countryside. May feels rejected by her family and does not manage to make friends with Mrs Oblinger, who one day decides to abandon the marital home. Her husband follows and May is left alone.

Most of the book is May’s narration of her time alone in the cabin, her struggles when the winter closes in and May’s continued problems with reading. May is dyslexic, something her new teacher has little understanding or sympathy for. A lot of May’s story is about this and I was really impressed with how Caroline Starr Rose pulled it off.

If you haven’t read a story completely in verse before I think May B is a great first book to start with.

Recommend it?


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