Book View: Missing May

Book View: Missing MayMissing May by Cynthia Rylant
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 1992
Pages: 128

This critically acclaimed winner of the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award joins Scholastic's paperback line. When May dies suddenly while gardening, Summer assumes she'll never see her beloved aunt again. But then Summer's Uncle Ob claims that May is on her way back--she has sent a sign from the spirit world. Summer isn't sure she believes in the spirit world, but her quirky classmate Cletus Underwood--who befriends Ob during his time of mourning--does. So at Cletus' suggestion, Ob and Summer (with Cletus in tow) set off in search of Miriam B. Young, Small Medium at Large, whom they hope will explain May's departure and confirm her possible return.


Missing May is the story of a girl named Summer who after her parents passed away did not find a real home where she felt loved until her Aunt May and Uncle Ob took her. May was a big woman full of love and at the beginning of the story she has died, leaving Ob and May on their own. With the help of her odd classmate Cletus, May tries to help Ob keep going, as May was his whole life. I really loved the story and the way that May realizes the boy who annoyed her for so long had a huge heart and knew how to help her family more than she did. I love the setting and the era this novel takes place in, you can tell it is old country where things move more slowly and family means everything. I can see why this was a Newbery winner.


A beautiful and moving story of a girl dealing with loss and trying to keep what’s left of her family together.


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