★ "Writing with compassion and a wealth of evocative details, Rose offers a memorable heroine and a testament to the will to survive." —Publishers Weekly

★ "If May is a brave, stubborn fighter, the short, free-verse lines are one-two punches in this Laura Ingalls Wilder-inspired ode to the human spirit." —Kirkus

May B.

Caroline Starr Rose
Schwatz & Wade / 2012

May is helping out on a neighbor’s homestead—just until Christmas, her pa promises. But when a terrible turn of events leaves her all alone, she must try to find food and fuel—and courage—to make it through the approaching winter.

This gorgeous  novel in verse by Caroline Starr Rose will transport you to the Kansas prairie—to the endless grassland, and to the suffocating closeness of the sod house where May is stranded. May’s eloquent yet straightforward voice, and her bravery, determination, and willingness to risk it all will capture your heart.

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  • 2013 ALA Notable Children’s Book
  • 2013 Amelia Bloomer Project Title
  • Publisher’s Weekly Spring 2012 Flying Start
  • 2012 NM-AZ Book Awards, winner, juvenile division
  • American Booksellers Association 2012 Spring New Voices title
  • Amazon’s Best Books of the Month for Kids: January 2012 selection
  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • Kids’ Indie Next List: Spring 2012
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award  nominee (2014)
  • Volunteer State Book Award nominee (2014-2015)
  • New York State Reading Association’s Charlotte Award nominee (2014)
  • Arkansas’s Charlie Mae Simon Children’s Book Award nominee (2014-2015)


  • Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s Children’s Book Award nominee (2013-2014)
  • Maryland Association of School Librarians’ Black-Eyed Susan Award nominee (2013-2014)
  • Nebraska Golden Sower Award nominee (2013-2014)
  • Kansas Notable Book 2013
  • Missouri’s Mark Twain Readers Award nominee (2014-2015)
  • West Virginia Children’s Choice Book Awards nominee (2013-2014)
  • Young Hoosier Book Award nominee (2014-2015)
  • New Mexico Battle of the Books list (2014)
  • South Carolina Book Awards nominee (2014-2015)