Missing May by Cynthia Rylant is a winner of the Newbery Medal. This book tenderly takes you through the stages of grief of a young elementary aged child, intended for readers of middle school ages.
What I disliked:
The ending. I didn’t get it. It just ended.
We used this as part of our fifth grade book club. We trudged through it about halfway before quitting to find a different book. Five of the six girls were not fans of it. I finished it after club and didn’t like it either. Sorry. I think the author put a lot of work into it so I feel bad, but it wasn’t our cup of tea.
What I liked:
I liked the tender way the author explained our need for each other on a human level. I liked the use of a few of the literary devices.
Where to find it:
We found ours in the school library. I don’t see how it won any medals, but if you are looking for a book about childhood loss, check out Amazon and it can be yours for less than $6.