The Summer of May by Cecilia Galante

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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.

About Cecilia Galante

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Although CECILIA GALANTE secretly wishes she could fly, she keeps her feet firmly on the ground in Kingston, PA, where she lives with her husband and three children. Cecilia is the author of five other novels for young adults and middle school kids, including The Patron Saint of Butterflies, which was a Booksense Pick, the Northeast Indie Booksellers YA Book of the Year, and a Recommended Read on Oprah's website. You can visit Cecilia on her website at
Published April 26, 2011 by Aladdin. 260 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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May is adept at angry outbursts and pushing people away—her mother, grandmother, father and best friend—but she can’t push Miss Movado away, and it’s her work with Miss Movado—painting her classroom, keeping a journal, learning about poetry and going on excursions—that helps her to rein in her an...

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Movado asks May to come up with imagery to describe losing one's dreams.

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