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The Summer of May Paperback – April 24, 2012

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"Brimming with emotion and insight into adolescent rage, Galante's prose investigates the impact of loss and the importance of making amends."

-Publishers Weekly, February 2011

"Galante deftly weaves together the parallel stories of May and her teacher, while demonstrating how it’s their work together, like Holling Hoodhood’s sessions with Mrs. Baker in The Wednesday Wars (2007), that changes them both."

- KIRKUS, March 2011

"May’s voice is sometimes humorous, at times heartbreaking, and always authentic. Though foreshadowed, the conclusion brings each disparate piece of this touching novel together for a satisfying end to a taut and believable novel."–Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at Washington DC Public Library

- School Library Journal, April 2011 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Cecilia Galante has a BA in English from King’s College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Vermont. Her novel The Patron Saint of Butterflies received a Borders Original Voice Award. She is a faculty member of the graduate creative writing department at Wilkes University and lives with her husband and three children in Kingston, Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141698304X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416983040
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,674,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on July 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Young May feels anger, desertion and confusion after her mom leaves. To make matters worse, the adults who are supposed to step up and take care of her are trapped in their own sense of loss. Her grandma is depressed and barely leaves the bedroom. Her dad works a lot, but when he's home, they argue.

As a result, May lashes out, but takes it too far one day when she defaces school property by writing something nasty about her English teacher, Ms. Movado, whom she dislikes. Faced with expulsion or summer school with Ms. Movado, she reluctantly chooses the latter. Ms. Movado has May repaint the classroom and then takes her out on excursions to try to connect with her.

These side trips help May gain respect for Ms. Movado, who she learns dreams of becoming a writer and has a drawer full of rejection slips. After realizing that smart people can fail too, May doesn't feel as stupid. It's the first time it dawns on her that no one should give up on their dreams. They discuss Langston Hughes's poem "Harlem," which also talks about unfulfilled dreams. Ms. Movado asks May to come up with imagery to describe losing one's dreams. She describes being in an apartment filled with loved ones, except that all those people are in their rooms with doors shut. It's just the beginning of trying to turn her life around.

During another outing, May has a chance to learn about Ms. Movado's personal life. They are out by a waterfall when she tells May about a time when she and her best friend jumped from the falls into the water below. Unfortunately, her friend seriously hurt her back. The girl's parents disallowed any further communication between them, so that marked a sad ending to their friendship. On the ride back, May cries in front of Ms. Movado.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By klarinet123 on June 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I think the book was very well written. It talked about how May was angry that her Mom left them and how she cannot trust her. She is very sad because her mom left and because her grandma only stays in her bedroom and never comes out anymore. Her gradma is also upset her daughter left and her Dad is not the same as he used to be prior to her mom leaving. They don't do the stuff they used to do. At school May is getting into alot of trouble lately such as spray-painting her least favorite teacher's classroom and, for all the trouble she caused that year, she has to go to summer school. May is not happy about it because she thinks it is unfair. She also has to repaint her least favorite teacher's classroom. It is a awesome book you should read. Favorite book ever.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved the main character of this novel, May. She's not your average upbeat girl, but she's also not a stereotypical anx-ty preteen. She's a girl who is dealing with some big problems in her life, the only way she knows how-- all on her own. But she doesn't have to go it alone and Cecilia Galante shows this throughout the book as May gets to know her teacher Ms. Movado. All in all a great read!
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