Missing May Turtleback – 30 Aug 2004
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
MISSING MAG was a terrible bore. I couldn't stand it. Limp, raglike characters.Published on 23 Aug. 1999
I read this book for 7th grade, and I tried to stay awake while reading it, it was SOOOOOOOOO boing. Everybody died, and I've learned nothing from it. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 1999
I just got done reading...well, listening to this great book. I loved it. I recommend it on tape.Published on 8 Jun. 1999
I read this book not too long after my own father's death. It gave me an understanding of my mother's grief and how we must all come to terms with the loss of a loved one in our... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 1999
Missing May is one of my favorite Newbery winners in recent years. My students love the quirky characters. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 1999
The story was so sad and the characters were so emotionally unstable that I felt like laughing at them for being so reminescent. The lady died, the end...that's life... Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 1999
I read this little book last summer to prepare a book talk for my junior high students. It was good, had an interesting plot, and made me think about relationships and losing those... Read morePublished on 11 July 1998