The Summer of May
By Cecilia Galante
(Aladdin, Paperback, 9781416983040, 256pp.)
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Now in paperback, a moving novel of loss and resilience, told in a voice that is “sometimes humorous, at times heartbreaking, and always authentic” (School Library Journal).
Twelve-year-old May lives with her grandmother, who is depressed about the absence of May’s mother, and her father, who works long hours and is almost never around. Due to her circumstance and her resentment over having to live in a low-income neighborhood, May often finds herself picking fights and getting into trouble.
But when May is caught defacing her least favorite teacher’s classroom, she has a choice: expulsion or one-on-one summer school with the teacher she most detests. Begrudgingly, May chooses summer school and ultimately learns that her teacher has a secret past—and might just hold the key to answers no one else will give May about her mother.
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.