Author: Caroline Starr Rose
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication Date: January 2012
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here.
May B is sent away from her loving family to become a maid/helper at her neighbor’s Kansas prairie home. Miles away, she is left to care of a husband and his homesick bitter wife. But one day, May finds herself alone, abandoned and left in this unfamiliar place. She’s stuck in a blizzard with no one to help her, except herself.
This story told in prose was a real treat. May’s thoughts were beautifully expressed through the writing. The lyrical worlds added an extra sense of wonderment. Every thought was important, and leant itself nicely towards May’s memories.
May B’s growth as a character is a natural and easy progression. She is a child when she goes there and within a short amount of time, she has to take care of herself. Not only physically, but she must also face and overcome her own challenges.
The setting is also it’s own character. As we wander through May’s mind, the blizzard and trials of living alone, forgotten, in a cabin become very real and frightening. She is running out of food. She is forced to do something drastic. She must venture into territory she has never known before. The little girl is gone.
A quick enjoyable read that kept me reading page after page, past bedtime. I was deeply rooted to May and her survival. I think you will be too.
Rating 7 Pretty Cool Would Recommend