May B.

Source: Common Sense Media

Parents need to know that this book about a young girl’s struggle to survive on her own on the Kansas prairie is at times full of despair, but May is so determined to overcome her hardships, both mental and physical, that there is always hope hiding closely under her misery. Readers will also experience with May the effects of her dyslexia (although it is not named, since the term did not then exist) and will empathize with the way it sometimes dampens May’s spirit. The free-verse style of May’s narration makes for a fast, engaging read.

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