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Missing May Turtleback – 30 Aug 2004

3.1 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Turtleback: 89 pages
  • Publisher: Demco Media (30 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060630598X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606305983
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Product Description

About the Author

As a child in West Virginia, Cynthia Rylant never dreamed of becoming a writer. In her free time, she devoured Archie comic books and paperback romances and enjoyed the outdoors. But after taking one college English class, she was, "hooked on great writing... I didn't know about this part of me until I went to college-didn't know I loved beautiful stories." And one night, inspired by the Southern writer James Agee, she sat down and wrote When I Was Young in the Mountains. Named a Caldecott Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, it was an instant success.
Since that night, Rylant hasn't stopped creating wonderful books. Her stories explore friendship, love, grief, and other mysteries, and often draw on her memories of growing up in Appalachia. "I get a lot of personal gratification thinking of those people who don't get any attention in the world and making them really valuable in my fiction-making them absolutely shine with their beauty."
She lives with her many pets in the Pacific Northwest.
--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Mass Market Paperback.

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By A Customer on 1 May 1998
Format: Paperback
Narrated in the first person by a 12-year-old girl named Summer, this slim volume (only 89 pp) reveals different ways people cope with the death of a loved one. For 6 years now Uncle Ob and Aunt May have provided the family's orphan with the best home whe has ever known: with love that does not have to be earned or repaid, self-esteem and the freedom to explore nature and her own feelings. Then sudeenly her beloved May dies
and Uncle Ob just gives up on life.

This young girl experiences the Grieving process, but gradually realizes that her uncle is turning his back on life; she will be an orphan again if she can not inspire him with the desire to live.
She is terrified that Something will happen to Ob.
She finally confides her fears and helplessness to Cletus, an odd neighbor boy about whom even she has her doubts.

When Ob claims that he feels May's spirit hovering near, he becomes motivated to contact her--to receive a last blessing and put emotional closure on their relationship. The three
psychic pilgrims undertake a short odyssey of spiritual growth to locate a medium.
Does May truly have a message from beyond the
grave for her cherished family? If so, will it
restore Ob's will to live? And what happends if they fail to make contact? A poignant tale of tender mournings, self-discovery and compassion.
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Format: Paperback
I got this book a long while ago - I think I started reading it about 2 and a half years ago, but I got bored with it and didn't read any more. Then yesterday I found it on a bookshelf, and remembered two and a half years ago when I put it down. I started reading it, and somehow it had a different effect on me. I truly see the value of this calm and peaceful book. True, it doesn't have a lot to keep a person interested, but if you persevere to the end, you might also see the value of this book. I just have to warn you first - you will not find any action or fantasy in this book. This made it quite realistic to me. You probably know the plot by now from other reviews (Summer lives with Ob & May - uncle & aunt; May dies; Summer & Ob grieve; A boy named Cletus Underwood from school reads about someone who might help them communicate with May...). The end is touching and I really think this book has to sink into your mind for you to see the real value of this. I am very knowledgeable about the Newbery criteria, and in my opinion, this is one of the best choices for the Newbery Medal ever. I hope you will like it too, but I do recommend checking it out from your library before buying it, because many people won't like this book. One more thing - I usually do not like books about people dying and their relatives grieving, but I made an exception for this book.
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By A Customer on 16 April 1998
Format: Paperback
This book was pathetically boring. It's like, Summer is adopted, she's sad that her Aunt is dead, her Uncle thinks he see's visions of [Aunt] May, they go to some church place to see if he is seeing visions with a weird boy the met, they leave. Boring! It's also unclear. You can never tell if he saw these visions or not. And the book jumps from one thing to another so you can never figure out what's happening. Unclear! Boring! Pathetic! This is deffinatly the worst book I've read. And believe me, it is hard for a book to get a one from me. The book has to be absoluetly pathetic for that to happen. And this book is. For all of you who are reading this, one peace of advise: Never read this book unless necessary. I read it for a book report. I hated that book report. It was the worst one ever, because the book was so terrible.
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Format: Paperback
Yeah, 1 star may be harsh, but that's what this book truely deserves. The story was, to put bluntly, dull and boring. I had a hard time getting past the 2nd chapter. I had to read this for school, and like many other students, we kept nagging our teacher about how great this book is and about how we wish we could read it again (as if she would waste school time doing that). Ah, the art of sucking up for a good grade.
Now even if the story was bad, the length or content's writing style could have been better to keep us interested. But alas, the whole book failed our 6th grade readers, my fellow classmates.
Teachers, don't be fooled by this book's cover with the metal plastered on, there are other more arousing and worthy novels out there to spend your time on.
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Format: Hardcover
Summer, a seventh grader, from Ohio, lives with her Uncle Ob, in West Virginia. Her best friend is Cletus, who in Summer's opinion is crazy.
The night of May's funeral; Ob went out into his Chevy and just sat there. All three of them try to communicate with May by doing anything they can. They even tried putting whriligigs out in May's garden. When that didn't work, they went to see Reverend Miriam B. Young, also known as the "Bat Lady".
Missing May is a heartwarming story with special and emotional parts. It had it's up and downs but it still is very sad. I would recommend it to anyone who has ever read a book. It is a story I will remember forever.
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Format: Paperback
After reading this book I found myself strangely dissapointed. By reading the back of the book I figured I had an excellent read on my hands. Well, I didn't. I definately didn't. The characters were undeveloped, (like paper dolls, flat.) and as soon as I started getting to know the characters, the book was over. In other words, it was much too short. You'd think a book so sad and touching(well, I think that was what the author was aiming for)would be a lot longer so you could start to feel what the protagonist(s) are feeling. Read it if you must, but only if you must.
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