Thursday, October 30, 2008
Missing May by Cynthia Rylant - Realistic Fiction Intermediate
Summer has lived with her Aunt May and Uncle Ob since was 6 because she was orphaned and none of her other relatives wanted to take her in. Now, at age 12, Summer and Uncle Ob are now faced with a grave tragedy, they must cope with the death of Aunt May. Uncle Ob, without Aunt May, is quickly going downhill and Summer begins to learn how to take care of him and herself simultaneously. But, Uncle Ob feels that Aunt May's "spirit" is still around. Cletus Underwood, a boy from school, tells Summer and Uncle Ob of a women who contacts the dead. Together, they set off to contact Aunt May and hope to find peace with her death. This book would be great for a student who is dealing with a recent death of a loved one; this book is not so much about "talking with the dead," but how to move on from losing someone you loved.