Missing May Library Binding – Aug 11 2008
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
This short novel is a study of grief--chiefly, that felt by Summer after her foster mother's sudden death, but also her sorrow at witnessing the grief of Ob, her foster father--she realizes that she herself may not be reason enough for him to go on living. And for several months it seems as if he may not in fact go on, until Summer and Ob take a short car trip that somehow transforms their lives. In a direct, matter-of-fact voice occasionally laced with irony and wry humor, Summer articulates many discerning insights about sorrow and loss. The reader remains a distant observer of her emotions, however--perhaps because the novel begins after May's death, making her a less immediate figure, perhaps because Summer's perceptions are quite sophisticated, even adult. And the novel's emotional turning point is difficult to grasp, either verbally or intuitively: all Summer, and we, know is that "something happened to Ob" to make him embrace life fully again. Ages 11-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Cynthia Rylant's Newberry Medal book is a must read! May's family fights to connect with her death is just one detail that makes this book a must read. When Cletus enters the life of Summer and Ob he spices up their life with photographs of places and objects they have never seen before. Intense feelings shared by these three characters also make you want to keep turning the page. Whoever sees this book and doesn't read it is missing out on a book you will never forget.
Cynthia Rylant, the author of this book and her history will make you want to read all of her books. Cynthia wrote sixty books and published her first book in 1982. Ms. Rylant has also won many Newberry Medals overall Cynthia Rylant's book Missing May will change the way you look at life forever.
This story is about what life was like for some people in the mountains of West Virginia several years ago. It is rich in portraying cultural history of West Virginians. This is important to me because I am a strong believer in learning about one's culture and heritage. I have the goal to teach West Virginia History to 4th or 8th Graders someday and will definitely use this book as part of that.
In this book, Rylant seems to be honest with her words. It seems as if these things could actually happen or actually did happen. I grew up near Deep Water Mountain and have passed through there several times. As I read the book, I tried to picture where this had taken place. I wondered if Summer was actually a real person and still alive. This book touched me in many ways.
This book would be an excellent aid in allowing someone to learn about dealing with the death of a loved one. I felt as is I could relate to Summer and Ob because my grandmother passed away a few years ago and I had to learn how to deal with it in my own way, just as Summer and Ob did too.
Written in the first-person singular, the book made me truly feel as though I were experiencing the thoughts of a little girl that bore the responsibility of helping her uncle cope with death. The vivid descriptions of life in the West Virginia community and reflections on school are assets to be enjoyed by the reader.
Cletus provides the needed "comic relief" in a story that deals with death. Cletus is a "pack rat" that accumulates odds and ends in a series of satchels. He collects old newspapers, photographs, brochures, and advertisements. It is from this assortment that he tells Uncle Ob about the psychic that might be able to reach Aunt May.
Even though the trip to Charleston does not yield the intended "meeting" with Aunt May, Uncle Ob receives a new lease on life. The underlying message here is that the dead are best remembered for the life that they led. The living should continue as best as they can; lives should not be spent in mourning.
This is a powerful story told with straightforwardness and compassion.
If one criticism must be cited, it is the use of a few profane words in what is classified as a "children's book." I realize that children's literature has changed significantly since my youth, but I fail to see the inclusion of one or two curse words to be necessary.
Call me "old-fashioned," but reader/parent beware.
Most recent customer reviews
"Missing May" is a short book that can be read in one sitting. Even though it is short there is nothing lacking in the story. Read morePublished on May 21 2008 by Pauline
Missing May is about a girl named Summer, whose Aunt May dies while 'gardening'(not working in the garden). Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by R, your friendly neighborhood reviewer
Missing May is a wondrous tale of grief and recovery. The author deserves all the recognition she received for this book. Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by Tommy Jeffers
Missing may is a story about a girl who lives with her aunt and uncle, before her aunt dies. It could have been a nearly ok book, but the characters spend too much time thinking... Read morePublished on June 14 2003
Missing May is a book about a girl named Summer whose parents died. She is passed around her Aunts and Uncles. Then her relatives Ob and May take her in. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2003
Cynthia Rylant's Newberry Medal Award winning book, Missing May, is the story of a family's struggle to move on after the tragic death of a person that held the family together. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2002 by Grant
This 1993 Newbery winner by Cynthia Rylant shows the struggles of a young lady, Summer who does her best to keep up the different adversities that she faces in life. Read morePublished on June 15 2002
The book Missing May was about a girl named Summer. When she was a little girl her parents died. She was adopted many times. Until Uncle Ob and Aunt May took Summer home. Read morePublished on April 16 2002
The book Missing May was about a girl named Summer. When she was a little girl her parents died. She was passed from relative to relative. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2002