Missing May Author:Cynthia Rylant Ever since six-year-old Summer became an orphan, she was passed from relative to relative. Finally she ends up in the care of Uncle Ob and Aunt May. These two older adults don't have much to give Summer except endless love. But the loving family is not to stay together for long, for Aunt May dies. Ob is torn apart with grief and doesn't think he... more » can go on. Then Summer and Ob meet Cletus, a teenager, who claims he has had an afterlife experience and convinces them he knows a person who can help them contact May.
In their grief both Ob and Summer seek out the spiritualist but are destined to have their hopes shattered. Eventually the two are able to accept May's death.
With the coming of spring they put whirligigs in May's garden and dedicate them to her.« less
When she died and all her brothers and sisters passed me from house to house, nobody ever wanting to take care of me for long, I still had that lesson in love deep inside me and I didn't grow mean or hateful when nobody cared enough to make me their own little girl. Then Uncle Ob and Aunt May from West Virginia visited, and they knew an angel when they saw her and they took me on home.
Since Summer was six years old she lived with dear Aunt May and Uncle Ob. Now, six years later, Aunt May has died. Summer, who misses May with all her might, is afraid something will happen to Ob. Most days Ob seems like he doesn't want to go on.
But then Ob feels Mays's spirit around him and he wants to contact her. Cletus Underwood, a strange boy from school, reads about someone who could help him do that. Summer wants to hear from May too.
Ob and Summer don't know what to expect when they set off on their search for some sign from May. They only know they need something to ease their sorrow and give them strength to go on living--always knowing they will never stop missing May.