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 May'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.
Cynthia Rylant has written many distinguished books for young readers, including the Newbery Medal winner Missing May, the Newbery Honor Book A Fine White Dust, the Caldecott Honor Book The Relatives Came (illustrated by Stephen Gammell), and the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains (illustrated by Diane Goode). She is also the author of the popular beginning-reader series Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby. She lives in Oregon.
Frances McDormand is one of the few performers who has achieved the Triple Crown of Acting. She received the Academy Award for Best Actress for Fargo in 1997, the Tony Award for Best Actress for Good People in 2011, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for Olive Kitteridge in 2015. She has won or been nominated for dozens of other awards across a long and successful career on stage and screen. She is married to writer/director Joel Coen, and has starred in several of the Coen brothers' films.