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Missing May

Missing May

Fall 1992 Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
By: Cynthia Rylant
ISBN: 0531059930
Hardcover Price: $10.47
Already broadly and deservedly acclaimed, Cynthia Rylant's near-perfect novel is about a hand-me-down orphan finally adopted by a pair of elderly relatives. All three "wanted a family so bad…we just grabbed onto each another and made us one."

May and Ob pack up the small girl, named Summer, and take her to live in their trailer in Deep Water, West Virginia. They are blissfully happy for six years; then Summer and Ob are devastated by May's unexpected death. The girl senses Ob is in danger of dying of grief. She doesn't know how to help; she's back on her own and she's numb. When an eccentric classmate, Cletus Underwood, starts hanging around, Summer notices that Ob brightens up in his company. Cletus tells Ob about a Charleston psychic, Rev. Miriam B. Conklin "Medium at Large", who contacts the dead. The three go off in Ob's rusty Valiant to find her, and possibly "talk to" May. The plan fails. They lose hope, and find one another. "And then a big wind came and set everything free."

Review   ©1992 Parents' Choice

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