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Missing May

Summer feels that Cletus does have some gifts. What is one he specifically names?

In the beginning, Summer does not really like the idea of having Cletus around their trailer. She feels like Cletus is taking Ob away from her. Ob likes Cletus and totally enjoys his company. For...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2018 2:29 pm UTC

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Missing May

In Missing May, what does Summer mean when she says "Guidance comes to me in a form of a greasy-haired lunatic?" 

When Summer says "Guidance came to me in the form of a greasy-haired lunatic", she is referring to Cletus, a neighbor boy who has befriended her and Ob and, in his inimitable way, is helping them...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2009 6:25 am UTC

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What are the important events that happened in the life of Summer and Ob in "Missing May"? I want a summary...

Orphaned as a small child, Summer is passed from relative to relative until she is taken in by Ob and May. She spends six happy years with them in a little trailer in the West Virginia mountains,...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2008 3:09 pm UTC

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What did Ob call his whirligigs in "Missing May"?

Ob called his whirligigs The Mysteries.Ob's whirligigs were not like the ordinary ones people stick in their gardens to frighten off the birds. Those are "mostly the same everywhere: a...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2008 7:12 am UTC

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In Missing May, Ms. Rylant calls the spiritualist "Small Medium at Large".  What do you think this means?

The name "Small Medium at Large" is a catchy title describing the Reverend Miriam B. Young. Reverend Young is the pastor of "The Spiritualist Church of Glen Meadows", a church which emphasizes...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2009 3:03 am UTC

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What is the most important event that happened in the rising action of Missing May?

The most important event in the rising action of Missing May is when Ob does not wake Summer up for school. Summer thinks that May’s spirit might be watching over them, and Ob thinks he has felt...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2012 8:23 am UTC

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What is Oz?

Oz is an allusion to L. Frank Baum's fantasy land in his popular book series which begins with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. An allusion is a reference to something outside the story that is assumed...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 7:45 pm UTC

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