The Summer of May

The Summer of May

Book - 2011/04/26
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An angry thirteen-year-old girl and her hated English teacher spend a summer school class together, learning surprising things about each other.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin, 2011/04/26
Edition: 1st Aladdin hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416980230
Branch Call Number: J FICTION GALANTE
Characteristics: 252 p. ; 22 cm


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GPLKids May 11, 2012

The healing benefit of forgiveness is the message of this contemporary story of May (Maeve) O’Toole and the summer following her disastrous eighth grade year. Angry after the loss of her mother, and the seeming abandonment by her dad and grandmother, May acts out in school and loses friends and freedom as she is “sentenced” to summer school with her least favorite teacher, a woman May calls “Movado the Avocado”.
The time May spends with this teacher allows her to grow, to learn more about herself and her situation, and to reach a closure which frees her from the anger which has dominated her actions. May almost loses her only friend, Olive, but repairs that relationship in time to let Olive rescue her from more destructive behavior.
This is a quick read with short chapters. Galante has drawn several characters worth caring about.


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