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Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
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Jun 28, 2009

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bookshelves: juvenile-fiction, newbery_project, realistic-fiction
Read in June, 2009

A sad but fulfilling book about loss that won the Newbery awhile ago. This was different than I expected it to be in that the book begins with the titular May already dead, and her husband remembering her and actually seeking her ghost in the garden. Therefore the title is really apt because it is all about how May's family experiences her loss and tries to deal with it while still keeping their memories of her. The part about Cletus entering the family's lives while helping them move on was a little cliched, but the ending where main character Summer remembers the way Aunt May doted on her is moving enough to wring tears from the heartiest souls.

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