The Summer of May

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The Summer of May

By Cecilia Galante; Tad Carpenter (Illustrator)

Aladdin, Paperback, 9781416983040, 256pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

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.

About the Author
Cecilia Galante is the author of three young adult novels, three middle-grade books, and a children's chapter-book series. She is the recipient of many awards, including a NAIBA Book of the Year and an Oprah's Teen Read Selection for her first novel, The Patron Saint of Butterflies. Her books have been translated into Japanese, Turkish, and Polish.

Tad Carpenter is an illustrator, designer, and teacher. Carpenter co-runs the design and branding studio Carpenter Collective with his wife, Jessica, where they bring powerful messages to life through branding, packaging, illustration, and design. Tad has also written and illustrated over a dozen children s books in the current marketplace. See more of Tad s work and his studio at