I don’t recall ever reading a novel-in-verse and now I wonder why I haven’t. I tend to favor stark prose and this qualifies. I absolutely loved the writing style. Not to mention it perfectly suits the story of May B., a young girl abandoned on the prairie during a harsh winter. The writing in this is extraordinary and much is said in so few lines. May B. is a brave young girl yet she still acts like a young girl in exactly the way she should. Unlike so many young adult and/or middle grade books, never once did I think, “that’s something an adult writing as a girl would think.” May’s voice is completely authentic. This book isn’t loud or showy but is beautifully rendered and quite powerful. The cover of this book states it’s for ages 8 through 12 and though I would (and will!) have my eight year old read it, there is much to appreciate and learn for someone who is 30+ (++++). I have nothing negative to say about this and loved every single word. This is a book that will stay with me.