“So many things
I know about myself
I’ve learned from others.
Without someone else to listen,
to tell me what to do,
who I am,
do I get to decide for myself?”
Intriguing MG (Middle Grade) verse novel – written about a young girl’s quest for survival in the American wilderness. I gobbled this book up in one sitting. It was completely absorbing.
Growing up- I loved reading Laura Ingalls Wilder and adored the whole Little House series. This novel took me back to my memories of frontier life. Caroline Starr Rose- has a beautiful writing style which will appeal to many readers. As a teacher- Ms. Rose- imparts a deep knowledge of the challenging struggles of learning how to read whilst coping with Dyslexia. The heroine and title namesake Mavis(also known as May) must overcome her circumstances and find a way to cope with the small amount of resources she has. This is a story of triumph and overcoming.
Parents- a word of warning that there are some scenes which portray an accidental death which may be upsetting to sensitive younger readers. Overall- I would highly recommend this book- especially because of the rich historical details which absorb the reader into the bleak landscape of life in a sod house on the prairie of the midwest during a cold and snowy winter. Excellent book notes by the author provide original source material and extra readings to further an in-depth knowledge of the period.
Get swept up into this book and enjoy a respite from the summer heat with this gripping, rich wintery tale.