May B.

Finished May B. by Caroline Starr Rose.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

Oh, this book and its heroine.

I love May, who is trying hard to be good at school but who has a learning disability (which, since it’s the long-ago time, was undiagnosed because people had no idea about things like this).  Since she can’t read very well, she’s convinced that she’s stupid.

And then she is essentially left alone for months (long story) and even though she’s young and completely unprepared for it, she manages to survive.  (So there, May—you’re not stupid.)

Because this is a novel in verse, it’s an incredibly quick read.  (There’s also the fact that you have a young girl left alone in a strange house, supplies are running low and winter is coming—and there may or may not be wolves outside.  So it would be a fast read regardless, because who doesn’t love a survival story?)

I was sad to see that Caroline Starr Rose only has one book out, but there’s a new one out this year.  I’ll have to look for it.

Highly recommended.


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