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May B.

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Riveting and moving account of girl's struggle for survival.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Quick read

Beautifully written, however not a page turner.

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The simple, sparse verse echoes May's loneliness and feeling of abandonment in beautiful, clear language. May’s heartbreak over being left by her family and her struggles to read is palpable, but she always returns to the cold, hard fact that she must survive. When she runs out of fuel, she gathers hay and binds it into logs. When she is starving, she figures out how to fish with her bare hands.

But this is not simply a story of physical survival: May never loses sight of her hopes for the future. At night, when her chores are done, she works hard to get through her reading book and wonders if she is foolish for dreaming of someday being a teacher. May's perseverance, not just in surviving but also in following her dreams and struggling to accept herself, makes her a character readers will love to root for.

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