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Missing May: Reviewed

Author:Cynthia Rylant
Reading Level (Conceptual):Sophisticated readers
Reading Level (Vocabulary):Children 8 and up
Genre:fiction
Year of publication:1993

This short, poetic novel, which won the Newbery Medal in 1993, gently but persuasively puts forth the theory that it's worthwhile to learn from experience and from others, even others who may not seem very impressive from the get-go. It is not difficult to read, is pretty short and the text is pretty large.

I strongly recommend Missing May for advanced, thoughtful readers intolerant of sex or violence. My daughters found it too sad to read, though. The book would benefit greatly from a really good picture of a whirligig. (Here's a link to The Whirligig Tour. Lots of cools whirligigs here.)

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