Select language, opens an overlay
May B

May B

Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier.
Publisher: New York :, Schwartz & Wade Books,, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781582463933
Branch Call Number: J FIC ROSE
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 21 cm


From Library Staff

Furious that Ma and Pa have sent her out to work for the money they need, May Betts, 11, finds herself in a small, sod homestead on the western Kansas prairie in the late 1870s, 15 miles away from home, caring for a new, unsettled young bride, who is just a few years older than May. When the brid... Read More »

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
FPL_Kayla Mar 09, 2020

Fans of Little House on the Prairie will love this novel in verse. The length and format are great for reluctant readers, which seems appropriate considering the theme of dyslexia that runs through this book. Though the protagonist is a female, boys who like survival stories like Gary Paulsen's might enjoy this book too.

Library_Jill Jun 14, 2017

A beautiful novel in verse about a girl who finds herself abandoned on the prairie with winter on the way. Great for fans of the Little House on the Prairie series and Karen Hesse's "Out of the Dust," this story has few words, but a lot of heart, and explores themes of survival, dyslexia, and finding the courage to take hold of one's own destiny.

ArapahoeKati Jun 05, 2017

Pleasantly surprised, enough so that I read this in a day. I don't typically go for novels in verse but this one read like a novel. Perfect for fans of the "Little House" books.

Dec 13, 2014

This was a great book it was short but very descriptive it was one of my favorites

KCLSKidsGenre May 23, 2014

So much expression in so few words. A good choice for reluctant readers and fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Ages 10-14.

JCLMelodyMK Feb 05, 2014

A quick and insightful read in the life of a dyslexic child on the prairie and how girls were treated and valued during that time period.

Jul 14, 2012

This middle-grade historical novel-in-verse is fast-paced and fluid; with an in-depth look at prairie life and an elegant writing style, the author brings a harsh winter and a courageous protagonist to life.

Angela_rose_levy May 31, 2012

Really great YA poetic novel...facscinating looks at prairie life (ala Laura Ingalls Wilder) and a great resilient main character.


Add Age Suitability
Jul 14, 2012

ychi thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and under

Angela_rose_levy May 31, 2012

Angela_rose_levy thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and under


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at APL

To Top