May B. | Caroline Starr Rose
Schwartz & Wade
I've known it since last night:I’m a huge fan of novels in verse, but, surprisingly, I’d never read a middle grade novel in verse. That is, until Caroline Starr Rose’s MAY B. came around.
It's been too long to expect them to return.
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 a historical novel, featuring May, a girl with a strong will to survive. Her voice is very mature, and though sometimes it does appear too mature, it hooks you in. I really, really admired May, and I cheered her on from the very first couple of pages.
The setting is rich, too. We get a real good sense of setting—of growing up alone in Kansas. I felt like I was right there, right next to May during that brutal Kansas winter, and I was freezing.
If you want a quick, deep read, try Caroline Starr Rose’s heartfelt debut.