Kid Konnection: May B.
All Mavis, or May, as she likes to be called, wants to do is go to school so she can become a teacher, but times are hard on the Kansas prairie and her family hires her out to help out Mr. Oblinger and his new bride. Her parents tell her it’s for the best and promise that she’ll be home by Christmas. Things don’t go as planned and May finds herself struggling to survive.
May B. by Caroline Starr Rose is one of the best middle grade books I’ve read! Written in free verse, it is simply delightful. I fell in love with May and think most people will. May is strong and feisty. She never gives up on school, even when it’s sidetracked by family obligations. May struggles with dyslexia but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about teaching. Her school work doesn’t come easy for her and her teacher’s not always sympathetic, but May is determined. Her strength and determination come in handy when she finds herself in a life threatening situation.
This book tells a great story too, giving young readers a peek into what life was like for early settlers on the prairie. Things weren’t easy back then and readers see that children had to pitch in to help their families. Reading about the conditions in the sod house made me glad I didn’t live in the 1870′s.
It’s hard for me to express just how much I loved this book. I think young readers, girls in particular will love May B as much as I did and many of them will be able to relate to its wonderful protagonist.
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