Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant

Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant

Title: Missing May
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Originally Published: 1992
Format I Read: Audio
Publisher: Scholastic
Rating: [rating:4]


Missing May won the Newbery Medal in 1993. So, when I saw it on audio in my library, I had to pick it up.

Summer, orphaned at a very young age, had been bounced around from inconvenienced relative to inconvenienced relative. Until, that is, she met Aunt May and Uncle Ob. They took home six-year-old Summer and loved her as their own. They lived as a happy, if poor, little family for six years when May died suddenly. A desolate pair, Ob and Summer are left to figure out how to live life without May.

I really thoroughly enjoyed this book. It dealt with grieving and loss in a very realistic and relatable way. The tone the author struck with Summer as the somewhat sarcastic but endearing narrator was dead on. Missing May was quirky but not too quirky. And the small cast of characters is infinitely lovable. I think most everyone will enjoy this short, simple, and sweet story.

A note on the audiobook: This was charmingly narrated by Frances McDormand.

Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant [rating:4]

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