Great, not too long of a read for girls about 10
“My brother Wilbert tells me that I was the first ever girl born in Nasel, that I was A Miracle.”-Our Only May Amelia, page 1. Though this book may be meant for smaller children, I have to say that I adored this book. May is a true character and her eye-striking personality causes her to jump right off the page. In the year of 1899 in Washington state, things were not well. Being the only girl in miles and having seven older brothers, you can see that life would be tough. With a father that wants May Amelia Jackson to be a “Proper Young Lady” like mother, May doesn’t wish to. She wishes she could be just like her brothers and help in the fields and tend the animals such as sheep, cows, pigs, and goats. Her mother is due to have a baby soon and May and Mom couldn't be more eager to find out if it is a girl. A few months in., Papa’s mother, Grandmother Patience, comes to help out but she is no help at all. She hates kids and thinks kids are a bad influence to the world. I think that Papa is mostly like his mother but less violent with May Amelia. Papa just tells May what a disgrace she is instead of physically hurting her. After the baby is born, a tragedy happens and May has a life changing journey ahead of her. Read the book to find out what happens next.
I would recommend this book to ages nine to anything. I conclude
that any person can read this book. Jennifer L. Holm has composed many series of books that all look really good. She has won the John Newbery medal and the Golden Kite Award for Fiction Books. Some more books that struck me were Turtle in Paradise, Penny from Heaven, Boston Jane, and the Babymouse series. I cannot wait to read more books by Jennifer L. Holm.