May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

Release Date: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Rating: MG 12+
Format: eGalley
Source: NetGalley
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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. Caroline Starr Rose's fast-paced novel, written in beautiful and riveting verse, gives readers a strong new heroine to love.

May B. is the story of a girl left on her own, has to deal with a snow storm and other issues from the past, to try to survive the cold winter. This was my third novel in verse, and it was a fast paced read. I could not look away from my laptop screen until the very last word had been read. It was beautiful, touching and simply told. I love that little words can have a huge impact on a person.

I didn't really catch the heroine's age (around 11-12 I think), but this is a Middle Grade book which I immensely enjoyed. The heroine is realistic, and I like how that even though this took place in history, the same issues can come up even now. *SPOILER ALERT* May has disability (which I won't give away) and people think she's stupid because of it. Back then, I'm pretty sure they hadn't really diagnosed this, but I love the struggle and the flashbacks to days at school. *SPOILER OVER* 
I keep thinking what I would do in her situation, with being abandoned (and not to mention ravenous wolves) and honestly, I would have sat there and cried. This girl is so strong to go through this alone.

May B. is an original story that will capture the interest of readers of all ages. The story was told very well, and is a truly exception debut novel. Rose's words have brought alive the world of American history, as well as fond childhood memories of Laura Ingalls. Loved it!


  1. Aww, such a beautiful review! Novel in verse is really beautiful, so I'm glad that this book is not an exception! It's really amazing that a simple poem can capture a scene more than a whole page of paragraphs. <3

    I'm so glad that you enjoyed reading this book! I read another review about this book, and both of you said that this book is amazing! This kind of reminds me to Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Long Winter. :)

  2. One of my friends read this recently and really liked it. I need to get to it.

  3. Glad you enjoyed this one! I loved it too!


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