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Missing May

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  10,519 Ratings  ·  563 Reviews
This wonderful book revolves around a few delightfully named characters: Summer, Uncle Ob, Aunt May and Cletus Underwood. After being passed among relatives, Summer joins her aunt and uncle and marvels at the couple's deep love for one another. But after Aunt May dies, Summer and Uncle Ob are brought together in their struggles to come to terms with the death. Cletus, a ne ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 89 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1992)
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Read this, my friends. It's good medicine. Heartwarming, realistic, subtle, and funny in a subdued style. Winner of 1993 Newbery Medal. Set in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, present day, this is one of the better depictions of grieving, despair, and eventual renewal. It's also a story about adoption, and loving relationships between young people and old folks.

Summer's parents died when she was a baby, leaving her orphaned. After being passed from one reluctant relative to another, s
Ahmad Sharabiani
Missing May, Cynthia Rylant
عنوان: جای خالی می؛ نویسنده: سینتیا رایلنت؛ مترجم: نسرین وکیلی؛ تهران، چشمه، ونوشه، 1383؛ در 96 ص؛ شابک: 9643621790؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی برای نوجوانان - قرن 20 م
ماجرای مواجهه ی نوجوانی به نام «سامر» با مرگ عمه ی محبوبش: مِی کنار تریلی ظاهر شد؛ می که دریایی از محبت بود و بس، می که شش سال گذشته مادر سامر بود - شش سال پر از شادی - می که دیگر در این دنیا نبود. اما فقط اُبِ پیر، شوهر غمگین او هر از گاهی، حضور او را حس میکرد و حرفهای اُب در این باره ابدا مای
Apr 20, 2012 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing
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’ ...more
Linda Lipko
Feb 26, 2012 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing
Be sure to have a box of tissues by your side if/when you read this poignantly wonderful book of loss that wounds and love that transcends the sadness of death, enabling the spirit to keep living through the pain.

Cynthia Rylant, the author of this 1993 Newbery Medal award winning book, is rightfully deserving of the honor.

While small in the number of pages, it is large in depth and meaning. It packs a soft wallop as each and every word is used with such powerful poetry that I marveled as I turne
"Missing May" is a short book that can be read in one sitting. Even though it is short there is nothing lacking in the story. All the characters are developed wonderfully and they all end up feeling like old friends.

It is a poignant novel about death and the depression that follows the loss of a loved one.

Summer loses her mother and goes to live with various kin, but never feels unconditionally loved by any of them, she is even afraid to ask for more milk. Then Ob and May come visiting and they
Jun 03, 2013 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Summer and Uncle Obe recently lost their beloved May. Summer is coping, not only with her own grief, but also with the fact that Uncle Obe is dying inside. The unique character, Cletus Underwood, enters their lives and the three go on a quest for a spiritual connection to May.

Of Missing May, Cynthia Rylant says, "I'm not sure where this story came from. But I was raised in rural West Virginia and I knew a lot of characters like Ob and Cletus and May. I just felt I was writing about my own people
Jul 02, 2010 Melanie rated it did not like it
Shelves: newbery-books
I did not like this book. I read it as a fifth grader, and I have had no desire to read it since. I didn't like the characters and I didn't feel like they were very real. Sometimes I wonder what the Newbery committee is thinking. I've always thought that the books they choose to honor should be ones that kids can enjoy.
Rana Heshmati
Nov 12, 2013 Rana Heshmati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rana by: Boshra
Shelves: رمان
اینقدر دوستش داشتم....
اینقدر دوستش داشتم....

«مِی اگر الان اینجا بود به من و کلتوس میگفت کار درست هم این است. که آدم قدر هرکس و هرچیزی را که دارد بداند و محکم نگهش دارد. میگفت که ما آدمها باید دو دستی به یکدیگر بچسبیم چون مقدر این است که با همدیگر باشیم.مقدر این است که به هم نیاز داشته باشیم.»

ممنون از خانوم توکلی و بشری :)
Nov 01, 2016 Terris rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book about a young girl and a loss in her family, and how they deal with it.
It is written for 8-12 year old children, but I laughed and I cried, and I read it in one sitting! Absolutely loved it and the way it was written. Recommended to Everyone!!
Feb 20, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, heart warming book. I am re-naming it to "missing Mary" cuz all I could do was think about my mom as I read the book. Now to pull myself back together!
Rain Misoa
May 07, 2011 Rain Misoa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Children's Literature and People of All Ages in General!
Recommended to Rain by: Nicole Terazue
Ah, nostalgia! I love this book! Ever since my friend introduced me to this book a few months back and I read it, it always stood with me as a very moving, beautiful story. I enjoyed reading this again for the second time and for many more times to come, I'm sure! Everything about the novel from the characters to the plot to the writing itself was simply amazing and I cannot say enough of how great this book is. I truly do not regret picking this up!

Cynthia Rylant is such a good author. Her writ
Andy Lee
Feb 02, 2011 Andy Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-fiction
As part of my quest to read all the Newberry Award Winners, I bought and started Missing May. Cynthia Rylant also wrote a short story called "Checkouts" that I thought was genius so I was eager to start this book. I started reading this book and for whatver reason couldn't really catch the rhythm of the author. I had to re-read the first chapter a couple of times to make sure that I knew what was going on.

This book is about a young girl name Summer that loses her parents in a flood and ends up
Holly Persell
Dec 05, 2016 Holly Persell rated it really liked it
"Missing May" by Cynthia Rylant is a quick read that I would recommend for fifth or sixth grade. There are some deeper topics and more difficult situations that younger children might not fully understand. I did not fall in love with this book while reading it, but I still enjoyed it and thought it was very interesting. I would highly recommend it to a student who is dealing with death in their family or one who has been a part of foster care that has caused them to not feel secure. There are so ...more
Books about recovering from grief are a mixed lot. Some try too hard to instruct, to show the 'stages of grief,' to give advice. Rylant does not fall into the teaching trap. Instead she tells a story of loss from the voice of a little girl who's been dealt more than her share of grief and loss.

May, Summer's unofficial adopted mother dies suddenly and Ob, May's husband is so deep in his own suffering he can't help Summer...May and Summer. But it's winter that nearly does Ob and Summer in...the gr
Apr 03, 2009 Elisa rated it it was amazing
I loved this book the first time I read it in elementary school 20 years ago, and it has stuck with me into adulthood. Reading this was my first introduction to grief, and I still find Rylant's descriptions of love and loss to be profound.

One of Summer's first descriptions of May and Ob, for example: "I never saw two people love each other so much. Sometimes the tears would just come over me, looking at the two of them, even six years back when I first got here and was too young to be thinking
Oct 21, 2013 لیلی rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to لیلی by: Masoomeh Tavakoli
فضای خاصی داشت. یعنی یه طور خاصی در طول همه ی داستان، حتی اون جاهایی که حرف می زدن آدماش با هم، بازم یه نوع"سکوت" رو میشد حس کرد، یه سکوت ممتد و بی وقفه که تا آخرش ادامه داشت؛ یه سکوت که ناشی از از دست دادن یه نفر بود، کسی که عزیز بوده خیلی.
شخصیت هابه طور عجیبی گنگ بودن، یعنی البته اُب نه ها، ولی خود راوی چرا، خیلی گنگ و دور بود به نظرم. و کلیتوس هم، که هم خوب و دوست داشتنی بود به نظر راوی و هم بد و حرص درآر.
و کل کتاب در همین خلاصه میشد که بلخره فهمیدن که باید شرایط رو پذیرفت و کنار اومد و امیدو
Oct 07, 2009 Mallory rated it really liked it
Awards Won: Newbery Medal (1993)

This is a short book about a learning to cope with the loss of a loved on. The main character Summer lives in a run-down trailer with her Aunt May and Uncle Ob. Summer is extremely happy with her current home-life, after previously having to cope with the death of her own mother. When May dies, Summer fears that she will lose Ob to the grief that he can't seem to overcome. But, with the help of an unlikely friend, Summer and Ob begin to learn how to heal. This boo
Dec 16, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MISSING MAY is a wondrous tale of grief and recovery. The author deserves all the recognition she received for this book. I am amazed that, even though it is written for young readers, just how much it appeals to adults. I remember years ago when it was read to one of my college classes by our professor. It literally brought tears to almost everyone's eyes. The book is so skillfully written that it transcends age levels, genres, and labels. Not a single word is wasted in this story. I highly rec ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Missing may is a book about 12 year old Summer and her uncle Ob. They recently lost May, Ob's wife and May's aunt. Ob was deeply depressed, always trying to connect with May's spirit. One morning he was so pale and sick and broken. This is a story about how Ob and Summer recover after losing someone so important and special.
I liked this book. I think it has a really sweet ending. I found this book captivating once I started it. I am not a fan of sad books so that's why I gave this book 3 stars.
Sarah Winkler
Sep 25, 2013 Sarah Winkler rated it it was amazing
i absolutely loved this book. i had never read something that was quite simalar. i could really feel for may and even though i have never been through a situation like that, but because of the way Cynthia Rylant wrote it, it almost felt like i was there. it is wonderful and is doeffinetely for you if you really like to feel for your characters.
Jan Coates
Jan 15, 2013 Jan Coates rated it it was amazing
This, to me, is a perfect middle-grade novel. It addresses lots of kid issues, and is so beautifully and thoughtfully written and constructed, and the characters are all wonderfully developed. It's the type of book I hope to one day write:)
Aug 20, 2010 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbury-winners
"But what is it that makes a person want to stay here on this earth anyway, and go on suffering the most awful pain just for the sake of getting to stay? I used to think it was because people fear death, but now I think it is because people can't bear saying good-bye."
Sep 26, 2009 Dayna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This book had me in tears by the end. Absolutely beautiful. Rylant brings her poetic talent to this book, and colorfully captures the lives of Ob, May, and Summer in their tiny Appalachian home. One of my new favorites.
May 08, 2015 Bar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit
Missing May is absolutely wondrous. I was in tears by the end of the book and even though it is short, it doesn't lack anything. The plot, the characters, everything is very well developed and put into place. Read it!
Jun 01, 2011 Avalia rated it did not like it
Probably one of the absolute worst books I have ever read. i read this two years ago as an assignment for my reading class. It was absolutelty dreadful. This book is depressing, boring, dreary and honestly pointless. I highly warn anyone to not read this book. Terrible.
Christina Smith
Feb 02, 2013 Christina Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
I thought this was an incredible story life, death and the triumphs of both! I highly recommend the read!
Apr 24, 2014 Shaghayegh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-them
چقـــــــــدر دوست داشتنی بود...
و چقـــــــــدر ناراحت کننده... :(
Oct 22, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
Short children's novel about coping with loss and moving on. Shallow at times and very focused on finding spiritual relief for physical pain. Not my favorite Newbery at all.
Feb 01, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it
Katy Jane
Dec 21, 2016 Katy Jane rated it it was amazing
Basically this review is just a million quotes that I cherished from the book. It was like every single page was dripping with beauty.
1. This book had heart from page one. Summer's description of her aunt and uncle's love made me fall in love with them too.
2. "Every house I had ever lived in was so particular about its food, and especially when the food involved me. There's no good way to explain this. But I felt like one of those little mice who has to figure out the right button to push befo
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An author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children and young adults as well as an author and author/illustrator of picture books for children, Cynthia Rylant is recognized as a gifted writer who has contributed memorably to several genres of juvenile literature. A prolific author who often bases her works on her own background, especially on her childhood in the West Virginia mountains, she ...more
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“[May] understood people and she let them be whatever way they needed to be. She had faith in every single person she ever met, and this never failed her, for nobody ever disappointed May. Seems people knew she saw the very best of them, and they'd turn that side to her to give her a better look.” 17 likes
“But what is it that makes a person want to stay here on this earth anyway, and go on suffering the most awful pain just for the sake of getting to stay? I used to think it was because people fear death. But now I think it is because people can't bear saying goodbye.” 12 likes
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