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ISBN:
0531085961
Author:
Cynthia Rylant
Category:
Growing Up & Facts of Life
Language:
English
Publisher:
Orchard Books; Later printing edition (April 1, 1992)
Pages:
89 pages
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Cynthia Rylant's Newbery Acceptance Speech.

Cynthia Rylant's Newbery Acceptance Speech. When May died, Ob came back to the trailer, got out of his good suit and into his regular clothes, then went and sat in the Chevy for the rest of the night. Wonder what May would think of us, sitting on the sofa, Cletus squeezed in between, and passing back and forth covers from paperback books, the front panels of cereal boxes (those with the faces), and Life magazine cut to shreds. We’ve looked at newspaper photos of the Kiwanis and those chubby little bears off herbal tea. Dream homes from real estate circulars and cats off 9-Lives.

Missing May is a children's book, the recipient of the 1993 Newbery Medal. It was written by Cynthia Rylant, who has written over 100 children's books such as The Islander. The novel is set in present-day West Virginia

Missing May is a children's book, the recipient of the 1993 Newbery Medal. The novel is set in present-day West Virginia. The protagonist is Summer, an orphaned child who has been passed from one apathetic relative to another.

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. He and Ob get along like a house on fire; Summer just wishes she wasn't so jealous about seeing Ob light up when Cletus comes round with his suitcase of pictures, like he's helping to ease Ob's grief when Summer can't seem to do anything. And then Ob gets a visit from May's spirit, and Summer knows what she must do to keep Ob here with the living, where she needs him.

Missing May, Cynthia Rylant Missing May is a children's book, the recipient of the 1993 Newbery Medal. The protagonist is Summer, an orphaned child who has been passed from one apathetic relative to another

Cynthia Rylant Biography. Missing May Book Summary.

Cynthia Rylant Biography. Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List. Rylant wrote Missing May in the first person, revealing the thoughts and feelings of the grieving protagonist, Summer, who goes to live with her Aunt May and Uncle Ob when she is six years old. Summer's mother has died and none of her mother's brothers and sisters in Ohio want to be bothered with her. When she arrives at the run-down trailer in Deep River, West Virginia, that Ob and May call home, Summer discovers a family of her own - and enough love to last her a life time.

Missing May book A Newbery Medal Book & ALA Notable Children's Book. Topics in Missing May. newbery.

A Newbery Medal Book & ALA Notable Children's Book. A Newbery Medal Book & ALA Notable Children's Book. Pages: 112. Book Type: chapter. Publication Date: June 28, 2004.

This wonderful book revolves around a few delightfully named characters: Summer, Uncle Ob, Aunt May and Cletus Underwood. This critically acclaimed winner of the Newbery Medal joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content Ever since May, Summer's aunt and good-as-a-mother for the past six years, died in the garden among her pole beans and carrots, life for Summer and her Uncle Ob has been as bleak as winter.

About the Newbery Medal. Newbery Committee Members. Newbery Medal Winners, 1922-Present. Newbery Submission Process. Newbery Medal & Honor Books, 1922-Present. Newbery Terms & Criteria. the Dust by Karen Hesse (Scholastic) 1997: The View from Saturday by . Konigsburg (Jean Karl/Atheneum) 1996: The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman (Clarion) 1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins) 1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry(Houghton) 1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant (Jackson/Orchard) 1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Atheneum) 1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant. This critically acclaimed winner of the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award joins Scholastic's paperback line. When May dies suddenly while gardening, Summer assumes she'll never see her beloved aunt again. But then Summer's Uncle Ob claims that May is on her way back-she has sent a sign from the spirit world. Summer isn't sure she believes in the spirit world, but her quirky classmate Cletus Underwood-who befriends Ob during his time of mourning-does.

Missing her recently deceased second mother, May, Summer finds comfort and guidance with Cletus Underwood, a classmate who believes that he has come back from the dead, and together they conduct a seance to contact May.
  • Laitchai
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.
  • Jairani
It seems to Summer that everybody in her life leaves too soon. Her mother died when she was young, and after that she was passed around to live with relatives, to be "treated like a homework assignment somebody was always having to do," and never staying with any relative for very long. And then Ob and May came along when Summer was six. Her aunt and uncle were elderly by the time Summer went to live with them in their Deep Water trailer, but she didn't mind. For the first time since her mother's death, Summer felt loved and safe. She had found a home with Ob and May, and not a moment too soon; their trailer was filled to the brim with love - May cooked big breakfasts and used to tell Summer she was the best little girl she ever did know. Ob makes whirligigs - but not the typical cartoon ones most people stick in their gardens to frighten away birds. Ob's whirligigs are works of art - he makes fire whirligigs and storm whirligigs, and spirit ones too.

But if there's one thing Summer knows, it's that everything good will eventually come to an end.

May has just died - keeled over while tending to her beloved garden. Now there's just Ob and Summer left behind, and Summer can already feel her uncle pulling away . . . he doesn't wait with her for the bus anymore, doesn't cook big breakfasts like May used to and he has gotten to sitting around in his pajamas all day long.

In the midst of their grief, Summer's classmate (and resident oddball) Cletus takes to popping round for a visit. Cletus used to collect chip wrappers, now he is obsessed with photos. He and Ob get along like a house on fire; Summer just wishes she wasn't so jealous about seeing Ob light up when Cletus comes round with his suitcase of pictures, like he's helping to ease Ob's grief when Summer can't seem to do anything.

And then Ob gets a visit from May's spirit, and Summer knows what she must do to keep Ob here with the living, where she needs him.

`Missing May' was the 1992 highly-acclaimed middle-grade novel from Cynthia Rylant. The book won the coveted Newbery Medal and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.

I've become a little bit obsessed with reading Newberry and Printz books. These are two of the biggest children's book awards in the US, and lately I have been gorging on winning and honour books recognized by these prestigious organizations. It started with `Vera Dietz', progressed with `Frankie Landau-Banks' and hit a high-point with `The First Part Last'. I especially love perusing past and recent nominee lists because I find they are full of books I would have otherwise never heard of. Take Cynthia Rylant's incredible `Missing May', for example. An old book, first published in 1992, and very short (89 pages). But `Missing May' caught my eye when I perused an old list of Newberry winners, and I am so glad I went hunting for a copy to purchase online. . . because in just 89-pages, Rylant has written a heartbreakingly beautiful book that is exquisite for its honesty and simplicity.

`Missing May' is a book about grief. We meet Summer shortly after her aunt May has died, leaving behind Summer and her old uncle Ob in their trailer on a hill which now feels filled to the brim with grief. As Ob sinks further and further into his grief and loneliness, Summer becomes concerned that she won't be enough to keep Ob on this earth. Summer becomes particularly worried when Ob claims to have received a visit from May's spirit, and becomes hell-bent on tracking down her wayward soul. Helping in the spiritual mission is Summer's classmate Cletus; a strange young boy who touts around a suitcase full of photos, and does not find Ob's obsession with May's spirit the least bit strange.

But while Summer tries to help Ob find May's spirit, and gets to know Cletus better, she seems to be forgetting about her own grief. . .

Rylant's novel is beautiful. I read this on the train, and I got a few odd looks from people when they saw how thin the book was (with clearly a children's front cover). I bet those same commuters found it especially odd when tears welled up in my eyes and I quietly sniffled through the last pages. That's the thing about `Missing May' - it may be only 89-pages, but Rylant has filled her book with such achingly precise observations of grief and missing, that 89 pages is all she needed to move me. I felt the same way about Angela Johnson's (Printz-winning) novel `The First Part Last' - "it takes a true maestro to move a reader to tears with a word-count that some authors spend on first chapters alone."

Summer's story is told with the utmost patience and care by Rylant, who has written a wise young narrator in Summer. She is a young girl who has had more than her fair share of heartache - from losing her mother to feeling rejected by nearly all her relatives . . . all, except Ob and May. Summer's aunt and uncle were the best kind of people - they didn't have much, but what they did have they gave to Summer - all their love, care and attention was heaped on her, until it almost felt like all the pain she had previously gone through was worth it, to end up in that trailer on the hill with May's big hugs and Ob's whirligigs.

Everybody should read Cynthia Rylant's `Missing May' - it doesn't matter if you're young or old, this is a book which beautifully and painfully communicates the ache of missing and the hopelessness of grief. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
  • Qus
This is a good book for preteens and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. In the novel, a teenager who has been raised by her grandparents is crushed when her grandmother dies. A neighbor boy ends up helping both the girl and her grandfather get through the grieving process and come out on the other side.
  • Slowly writer
This is a wonderful book that I found YEARS ago as a "staff favorite" at a local book store to put in my daughter's Easter basket.
It quickly became a family favorite.
My daughter's is inscribed..."From the Easter Bunny" so I decided to buy this one for her 8 year old daughter.
This--along with Rylant's "The Relatives Came" are among my favorite.
  • Tamesya
When May dies, she leaves her husband who is totally lost and her niece who wants to brign him back to an interest in life, or she'll have no one in the world. But, it is an utterly nerdy boy, whom she doesn't like, who keeps coming up with oddball ideas one of which finally does bring uncle back to interest in life. You get to see the perspective of the girl, since she tells the story, and finally that of May who has passed away. All the way through, you not only get to see what it means to care about people who are under stress, but you get to see what it means to be the one cared for. And, in the process, you get to discover what your own feelings of loyalty to life are. This story seemed to live more for my 10-yo daughter because I read it to her and there were parts at which I could not keep from crying. Daughter seeing Papa cry added to our father/daughter bonding. Very moving, touching, profound book. Don't miss it.
  • Hra
This book was a Newbery winner, and Cynthia Rylant is an excellent writer, but for me this book kind of falls flat. Something -- some rich element of plot, perhaps -- is missing. The story, about twelve-year-old Summer, who lives with her Aunt May and Uncle Ob, centers around how much Summer and Ob miss May, who has died just before the start of the novel. The story is warm and heartfelt, the characters sympathetic as they learn to cope with their loss, but the book seems not substantial enough to stand as a novel.
  • Xig
Missing May isn't about vampires or zombies or other worlds as most of the "one star" reviewers were expecting. It's a beautifully written story about a girl who will change the way you look at life forever. It's also one of those children's books that was really (or maybe also) written for adults. It's literary fiction that touches the soul. I'm almost 70 years-old and Missing May is, by far, my favorite book of all time!
After my husband died, this book came to my mind from my days as a 5th grade teacher. I ordered it, read it my self and passed it on to my grandchildren. It was helpful in that in related to us in our grief.