Wednesday, April 24, 2013

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

Though her heart was telling her to stay at home, May knows she must do as her family asks and go to a neighboring homestead to help out for a few months. It will earn precious income for her family and be one less mouth to feed in their home. She knows she's not doing anyone any good there anyways, as she can't seem to learn to read -- a requirement to become the teacher she wishes to be. 

When the young couple basically walks out on her, May is left to fend for herself until her father comes for her months down the road. Her food supplies run out and May, a girl with little confidence in herself, must use her wits to survive. She's determined -- both in her present survival mode and for her future -- and that proves to keep her alive.

The self-confidence May gains is awesome, the bravery she exhibits is inspiring, and the descriptions of homestead life will please any fan of the Little House on the Prairie books. If your kids have read those and are ready for a step up, hand them this one! Life on the prairie in late 19th century Kansas is no joke. I often must remind myself of this when reading historical fiction. It may sound like a nice, simple life in the midst of my crazy fast-paced one, but these people really had to work to survive!

A quick and inspirational read. 

Thank you to Random House for the review copy!


Nicole M said...

I loved this story! Poetic narratives can be the basis for such beautiful and powerful writing. Sometimes when using fewer words the impact is bigger.

Jill the OWL said...

Love this book! My 6th graders are reading it as a class right now.