We read it: May B. (a giveaway)

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I‘m excited today to share one of our favorite reads for middle grades and up today:  May B. is a novel written by Caroline Starr Rose, about a young pioneer girl on the Kansas prairie.

Written in verse, this is a beautiful, touching book that my daughter and I found so compelling we read it together in one long afternoon, passing it back and forth on the sofa, eager to see May’s adventures to their conclusion.

We read it aloud to each other that day, but Jillian has since read May B. more than once on her own again.  We both agree that this is a special book and we think you’ll want it to make a home on your bookshelves, too.

I’ll let Jillian review it for you in her own words here:

May B. is about a girl named May who has to live at a neighbor’s homestead “just until Christmas” to help bring in some money for her family.   Her neighbors are kind of a mismatched couple, and hard to put up with.  But the real adventure begins after the snowstorm, when May will be challenged and her courage tested.

The book is well-written and dramatic, but at times witty, too.  One of my favorite lines is “I’d rather muck out a barn barefoot” which May thinks to herself after her neighbor Mr.Oblinger asks her to keep his wife company.

I like May because she is strong and spunky and brave, despite what other kids think.  This is a good read for kids and adults alike.

mayBJillian2014Thanks, Jillian!

May B. is written for ages 8 to 12, though I think older kids would really enjoy it, too.  You can learn more about the author at her website www.CarolineStarrRose.com where you’ll be happy to note that there’s more goodness for our bookshelves coming in 2014 and 2015.

The Giveaway

May B. has recently been released in paperback.  Ten lucky Simple Kids readers will win a copy!

To enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will end at midnight EST January 17, 2014.  Good luck!


About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. jpetroroy says:

    Better Nate a Than Ever!

  2. My daughter isn’t a tween yet, but I’ve been excited about Caroline Starr Rose’s book(s) coming out!
    When I was a tween, I loved reading the Narnia series and anything Madeline L’Engle. I look forward to reading those with my kids, too!
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  3. my son isn’t a teen yet, but we are reading through the narnia series right now.

  4. How to Train Your Dragon is a series we recently started. Always love learning of other great (and appropriate) books for this difficult age.

  5. No tween here but loved reading growing up – my favorites at about age 8-10 were all Louisa May Alcott (much more than just Little Women), Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew (though Trixie Belden was FAR superior), and Narnia.

  6. Bigger than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder!
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  7. We love Harry Potter

  8. My 10 yr son and I are reading the Percy Jackson books. We’ve read together the Narnia books, the Hobbit and Bone comics. I am reading Anne of Green Gables to all my kids (not yet 8) and this is my personal fav from my middle school years.

  9. I love verse novels and I’m kind if shocked I haven’t read this book yet. I’m also always looking for books to share with my tween niece. Her older sister is a bookworm and her little sister is 4, but Kerry’s more of a reluctant reader. Except when I read to her, and have her read to me, it’s my favorite part of being an aunt!
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  10. We love reading together! “Heidi” is probably my daughter’s favorite.

  11. My favorite book for middle grades is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
    I have three daughters who would love to win this book! Thanks!

  12. I love MAY B. It was one of my very favorite books I read last year. I would highly recommend it! I wrote a whole post about how much it encouraged me, particularly as the main character and I both have dyslexia: http://wp.me/p3teJN-5E
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  13. My oldest is only 7, but I taught middle school for six years…My favorites are Madeline L’Engle’s books and the Harry Potter series.

  14. My son and his friends are really in to the Percy Jackson books.

  15. Our favorite by far is Harry Potter. Right now we are reading Homer Price.
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  16. We enjoyed “Hattie Big Sky” by Kirby Lawson. And the sequel, “Hattie Ever After.”

  17. I absolutely loved May B. and would love to win a copy to share! My daughters and I are reading the Little House books together right now, and I think May B. is going to be the perfect follow-up.
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  18. Danielle J says:

    Harry Potter books!

  19. I loved the Narnia books and all of the Little House books. Harry Potter was a big favorite of my oldest nephew.

  20. My oldest daughter is an AVID reader and I am always on the lookout for new adventures for her. This one looks great!

  21. Also (I didn’t read the directions the first time : )- Our favorite middle grades books are definitely the Harry Potter series. Fantastic! My daughter has also enjoyed The Sisters 8 series and classics by Beverly Cleary.

  22. Narnia, Percy Jackson, and Harry Potter are some of my favorite middle grade reads! Of course, there are plenty more, but… that would take too long. Anyway, lovely giveaway! This book looks adorably fun. (Also, the cover!!)
    XO, Kristi

  23. We have read the Freddy the Pig series. My boys love them (talking animals and adventures galore!)

  24. The Narnia Series. :) Read them all 3x before I turned 18.

  25. I loved May B.! I don’t have a tween yet, but my 8 yo is a big reader. As a tween, I loved all of L. M. Montgomery’s books, Little Women, etc. And I can’t wait to introduce my daughter to the Penderwick series.
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  26. We love the Boxcare Children books; I was so excited to be able to share these old favourites with my own children.

  27. I’m planning to share May B. with my 9-year-old granddaughter. I love the trailer for the book.
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  28. Mary Preston says:

    My daughter & I both love to read ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.

  29. Not a tween yet, but looking forward to reading A Wrinkle in Time soon!

  30. I loved Encyclopedia Brown


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