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.
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.
May B. has recently been released in paperback. Ten lucky Simple Kids readers will win a copy!
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This giveaway will end at midnight EST January 17, 2014. Good luck!