Sylvia & Miz Lula Maye

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

When 10-year-old Sylvia Freeman moves to Wakeview, South Carolina, she’s sure that her summer is going to be plain ol’ boring—that is until she meets her 99-year-old neighbor, Miz Lula Maye. It’s always been just Sylvia and her momma, but as the hot summer days pass, she finds herself heading down the dusty dirt road that runs from her house to Miz Lula Maye’s more and more. With Miz Lula Maye, everything is an adventure, whether they’re swaying on the porch swing or chasing after missing cats. Then, one day, a stranger comes to town with news about Sylvia’s past that changes her life forever. With her world turned upside-down, what can Sylvia do?

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.3
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV044000, JUV013000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Lexile 770
ATOS Reading Level 4.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 74075
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Awards and Reviewed


  • SSLI Book Award Honor Book, Commended, 2002
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2002



“. . .an authentic voice that captures both a relationship and a time period, the South in the late 1970s. A strong portrait piece for younger middle-grade readers. . .”

Kirkus Reviews

“Marshall’s pencil drawings dramatically complement this pivotal moment in a young girl’s life.”
Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“The protagonist is a spirited, sassy girl with a strong, engaging voice, and the old woman is warm and spunky. . . this first novel is a satisfying and humorous novel.”
School Library Journal

Illustrator: Felicia Marshall

Felicia Marshall draws on her childhood experiences in rural Texas for her illustrations. Her most recent book, Beautiful Shades of Brown, was an NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book, a Eureka Honor Book, and won the Northern Lights Book Award.