Middle School Reading, Open Books, Uncategorized

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

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.

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