by Cynthia Rylant
Summer has lived with Aunt May and Uncle Ob since she was a six-year-old unwanted child who had been passed from relative to relative. When May and Ob took her to their trailer on the side of the mountain, she felt she was home.
Now six years later, May has died while out gardening, and Summer and Ob don’t know what they are going to do. Summer is afraid of losing it all and being that unwanted child again, and Ob is having trouble getting through the day.
Then a boy from school begins coming around named Cletus. He distracts Ob as others haven’t been able to. Cletus seems more open to some of Ob’s ideas. Especially when Ob says that he feels May has been visiting them.
Ob, Summer, and Cletus go in search of May and some way to heal these two broken people.
This book is sad, as many Newbery books are, but there is hope. Probably appreciated by girls more than boys and good for the middle grade.
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