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Thursday, May 07, 2015

May B: A Novel by Caroline Starr Rose

May B.It is the nineteenth century in Kansas. Mavis Elizabeth Betterly is sent by her family to a homestead in order to help earn a little extra money. She will miss school and her family. The "soddy" is so small that she can barely turn around in it and there is no flooring.The bride she tries to help can't stop complaining and she eventually leaves a note for her husband.  The husband reads the note and immediately goes looking her. This leaves May B all alone and abandoned. The silence and the wind are almost deafening. It gives her time to reflect on her dyslexia. She knows that she is not stupid. She has time to practice reading and time to reflect on how her teachers and classmates have treated her. She has time to formalize survival skills. How would you catch a fish with bare hands? How would you keep safe from wolves? How would you endure rainstorms and a snow blizzard?

This novel-in-verse really gives you a sense about what this child is going through. Her high regard for her brother is one of the things that keeps her going. One of her goals is to be a teacher. Maybe May B will make it. Please take notice of the dedication. The author really has been a teacher. She dedicates this books to the students that she didn't understand and to those that she could and should  have done better by.

2016 Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee

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