Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Book Review: May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

Mavis Elizabeth Betterly, or May B. as she is known, is helping out on a neighbor's Kansas prairie homestead, “Just until Christmas,” says her Pa. Twelve-year-old May wants to contribute, but it's hard to be separated from her family by fifteen long, unfamiliar miles.

Then the unthinkable happens: May is abandoned to the oncoming winter, trapped all alone in a tiny snow-covered sod house without any way to let her family know and no neighbors to turn to. In her solitude, she wavers between relishing her freedom and succumbing to utter despair, while trying to survive in the harshest conditions. Her physical struggle to first withstand and then to escape her prison is matched by tormenting memories of her failures at school. Only a very strong girl will be able to stand up to both and emerge alive and well.

In this debut novel written in gripping verse, Caroline Starr Rose has given readers a new heroine to root for, one who never, ever gives up.

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose is an absolutely lovely novel written in verse.  I had never read a novel in verse before, but this was done so well, reading it was pure pleasure.  The story flowed effortlessly, the scenes described in detail such that I felt the cold of the blizzard.

May B. is a strong young girl to whom all young readers can relate.  She is mad at her parents for sending her away to help another family, but she loves and misses them anyway.  She has trouble reading, so she keeps working hard at it to show her teacher that she can do it.  She is left alone and afraid, yet she is able to take care of herself and survive.

This book reminded me of the Little House on the Prairie series that I loved reading as I grew up.  I found out at the end of May B. that the author was also inspired by the series, leading her to write her own take on life in Kansas in the prairie days.  This novel is bound to become a favorite for any child, especially young girls!

I received this book from the publisher, through Netgalley.

I give this book 4 Bookworms.

Reading Level:  Ages 9-12
Hardcover:  240 pages
Publisher:  Schwartz & Wade (January 10, 2012)
ISBN-10:  158246393X
ISBN-13:  978-1582463933

Format:  Ebook
File Size:  5 KB
Sold by:  Random House Digital, Inc.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think I've ever read a novel in verse. This one sounds great.