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 Missing May
 Author: Rylant, Cynthia

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 97 p.,  20 cm.

 BTSB No: 774070 ISBN: 9780531059968
 Ages: 11-16 Grades: 6-11

 Subjects:
 Death -- Fiction
 Joy and sorrow -- Fiction
 Aunts -- Fiction
 West Virginia -- Fiction

Price: $14.17

Summary:
After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.30
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 6673
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 6.70
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 07724

Awards:
 Newbery Medal, 1993
Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Award, 1992

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
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   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Key Ideas & Details
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   Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Craft & Structure
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Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+)
   School Library Journal (+)
   Booklist (+)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+)
 The Hornbook

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/1992 Gr 5-8-- They've been a family for half of Summer's 12 years, and when her Aunt May dies, a little bit of Summer and her uncle Ob dies too--and his whirligigs go ``still as night.'' Ob's 'gigs are his ``mysteries,'' works of art that capture the essence of Storms, Heaven, Fire, Love, Dreams . . . and May. For a time, he seems to be failing, and Summer fears she'll lose him, as well. Then he claims to have been visited by May's spirit. And, stranger still to Summer, he takes a liking to that ``flat out lunatic,'' Cletus Underwood. Lunatic or no, Cletus steps unhesitatingly into the space May has left, and all three take off on a journey in search of May. It's an ill - fated journey that, nevertheless, lets Ob and Summer turn a corner in their grieving--and sets Ob free. With homely detail, Rylant plunges readers into the middle of Summer's world, creating characters certain to live long in their memories. Her tightly woven plot wastes no words; May's death and the course of her husband and niece's grieving are both reflected in and illuminated by the state of Ob's mysteries and the course of that interrupted journey of discovery. There is much to ponder here, from the meaning of life and death to the power of love. That it all succeeds is a tribute to a fine writer who brings to the task a natural grace of language, an earthly sense of humor, and a well-grounded sense of the spiritual. --Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Pub. Lib., NY - Copyright 1992 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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