The Misadventures of Maude March
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Eleven-year-old Sallie March is a whip-smart tomboy and voracious reader of Western adventure novels. When she and her sister Maude escape their self-serving guardians for the wilds of the frontier, they begin an adventure the likes of which Sallie has only read about. This time however, the "wanted woman" isn't a dime-novel villian, it's Sallie's very own sister! What fol...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Yearling (first published 2005)
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Danielle
I read the back of the book, and I created a first impression. I had thought of what the book would be about and how the story would go. However, not only did the storyline not follow what I had first thought, it turned out better than the plot I outlined in my head.

I could see myself as Sallie and at times, as Maude. Two amazing characters, each having a weak moment but having the other make up for the other's weakness. It is a great story about two sisters and their adventure that seems like i...more
Adrienne
Growing up, I really enjoyed the works of the Fleischmans, particularly By the Great Horn Spoon! and Humbug Mountain. Couloumbis has tapped into that same slightly goofy Wild West setting in Maude March. Sisters Maude and Sallie watched their Aunt Ruthie get shot right before their eyes in front of the Cedar Rapids Mercantile, and now find themselves to be orphans. They have an uncle in Independence, but that’s a long way away. And now a bunch of men in the town want to marry Maude. How can they...more
Lisa the Librarian
Mar 24, 2010 Lisa the Librarian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure fans, western fans
This is a fun historical fiction. Told from eleven year old Sallie's perspective the voice in this book captures the innocence a child mixed with the adventure and colloquialism of the "dimer" novels Sallie is so fond of.

It also has a bit of a "tall tale" feel to it. Fortunately the manner in which Sallie tells her story it comes across as honest and plausible even though nobody would likely have as many outrageous misadventures as the March sisters.

Sallie and her sister Maude are both very lika...more
babyhippoface
Sallie and Maude were both memorable characters with depth. Usually, books that include a lot of wandering around in the snow get a little boring for me, but this one kept my attention.

I did wonder if Marion was really a good guy or not (he did rob a bank, after all), and if he and Maude would marry. Guess I'll have to wait for the sequel to find out, hmm?

I listened to the audiobook, and although I wasn't fond of the narrator's style (her diction was too crisp and precise for my taste, especiall...more
Lukeb
The beginning of this book was surprisingly sad when two young girls witness her aunt Ruthie get shot down by a stray bullet and become orphans for the second time. To make it even worse they have to now live with the Peasleys and have to take care of all of their children with one on the way. Now that summer is coming to an end Sally is going back to school while Maud has to take care of all the children herself. can she manage it? or is she going on the lam?
Morgan
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Sharon
This audiobook was terrific fun-- especially considering I was refinishing a deck as I listened to it. Book's narrator Sally and her older sister Maude are twice-orphaned and decide to head out West after Maude has fended off one too many marriage proposals and Sally has peeled one too many potatoes. The titular misadventures ensue on their way to aptly named "Independence" Missouri. What makes this book so wonderful is the audio narration. Ms. Lee has a distinctive rhythm to her speech, giving...more
Cheryl
So much adventure in this book!! I loved reading it! Amazing detail. This book is oh-so very interesting from the minute you pick it up. You really feel as if you're in the story itself!
Stacey R
Hilarious adventure! Listened to the audio book a few years ago and getting ready to listen again with my oldest daughter as she reads it for school.
Arminzerella
Maude and Sallie March have the great misfortune of seeing their Aunt Ruthie get gunned down outside of the mercantile. This makes them orphans a second time over, and although the Reverend Peasley takes them in, it’s hardly an ideal situation. The Reverend’s wife is like to work the girls to the bone looking after her large family, and the Peasleys – having stripped Aunt Ruthie’s house of everything useful - are especially keen on marrying Maude off to some unpleasant bachelor or another. Maude...more
Jenne
Sallie March, 11 year old spunky tomboy and her older ladylike sister Maude live with Aunt Ruthie until their Aunt has the misfortune to be accidentally shot dead by the notorious Joe Harden.

The two girls are taken in by Reverend Peasley and his wife, who immediately put the girls to work running the household while they take it easy. Maude, on whom falls the brunt of the work and being courted by an elderly gentleman, decides it is time to take her’s and Sallie’s fortune into their own hands an...more
Emily Duncan
When Joe Harden, the notorious criminal of Cedar Rapids, returns, Sallie and Maude March and their Aunt Ruthie find themselves in his path. Aunt Ruthie accidentally finds her self in the way of one of Joe Harden’s bullets, leaving her dead as a doornail and leaving Sallie and Maude with out a caretaker. After being taken in by the town reverend and his wife, the girls’ lives are becoming more fully of chores and housework than fun and play. Maude, the older of the two sisters is being “set-up” b...more
Amy Musser
Set in 1869, this rollicking, rip-roaring story follows the adventures of 11 year old Sallie and her 15 year old sister Maude as they go from respectable citizens of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to range riders on the run. When their guardian, Aunt Ruthie, is killed by a stray bullet the sisters find it necessary to disguise themselves as boys and set off to find their long lost Uncle Arlen in Independence, Missouri. Along the way they find themselves in the middle of bundles of trouble, from bank robber...more
Bridget R. Wilson
The untimely death of their aunt leaves fifteen-year-old Maude and eleven-year-old Sallie in a state of shock. The bank repossesses their house. Taken in my the preacher, Maude faces marriage to an old man and Sallie faces a life of servitude waiting on the preacher's family. Feeling they have no choice, the girls disguise themselves as boys and set out for Independence, Missouri, in hopes of locating their uncle there. Their journey isn't easy from the beginning and takes several turns for the...more
Smaileh
This is a rollicking adventure that owes a lot to the dime novels that it gently pokes fun at. Sallie and Maude March are orphans being raised by their stern but loving Aunt Kate. Then comes the day when, leaving the general store, Aunt Kate is killed by a errant bullet fired in a drunken contest. The girls are taken in by the minister and his wife, who take advantage of the girls' willingness to work and of Aunt Kate's full pantry. But when they try to practically force Maude into a marriage wi...more
Jessica
I like westerns, strong female leads (especially when they are the reluctant type), and a good tale. I feel like this book did fabulous with those first two qualities and yet fell short of the last. I read an e-version of this book and maybe it's formatted different than the print version but I felt as though the moments that held suspense lasted about 3 sentences and the "reveals" were less than climactic. Maybe if the chapters had ended on cliffhangers this would have been better.

The rattlesna...more
Christy
Eleven-year-old Sallie March is a whip-smart tomboy and voracious reader of Western adventure novels. When she and her sister Maude escape their self-serving guardians for the wilds of the frontier, they begin an adventure the likes of which Sallie has only read about. This time however, the "wanted woman" isn't a dime-novel villian, it's Sallie's very own sister! What fol...more Eleven-year-old Sallie March is a whip-smart tomboy and voracious reader of Western adventure novels. When she and he...more
Cathy
Eleven-year-old Sallie March is a whip-smart tomboy and voracious reader of Western adventure novels called "dimers". When she and her sister Maude once again become orphaned, they escape their self-serving guardians for the wilds of the frontier, they begin an adventure the likes of which Sallie has only read about. This time however, the "wanted woman" isn't a dime-novel villian, it's Sallie's very own sister! What follows is not the lies the papers printed, but the honest-to-goodness truth of...more
Danielle
A good ol' fashioned Western! Except of course the bandits are girls and they're not exactly bandits. Maude March and her sister Sally head west to find their uncle when an unfortunate accident leaves them orphans. Along with the usual trials of traveling across the open land on horseback they find that Maude is wanted as a horse theif, a bank robber, and a murderer! Told from Sally's point of view, the characters in this story are all possess that perfect amount of old west charm as if they cam...more
Kathleen
Jul 05, 2008 Kathleen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those searching for strong girl protagonists, people who like funny historical fiction
Recommended to Kathleen by: Bank Street Bookstore
I've read this book once and listened to it on my 'pod once, and I loved it both times. The voice of the narrator, younger sister Sallie, is simply entrancing. She's quick, witty, and in awe of those rough range riders of the West. Her older sister Maude, while always a lady, still manages to impress us and Sallie with her cool head and hand, and the sisters make an awesome pair out on the trail. I am not sure why, but I've not found a way to pitch this to my students that seems to work. Perhaps...more
Allison
My daughter and I give this 4.5 stars. I think she would give it 5 stars. Maude and her sister Sallie are orphans being cared for by their Aunt. When she is accidentally killed when there is a shoot-out in a saloon, the girls are on their own. They decide to escape from the Reverend and his family "caring" for them and head out to Independence to look for their Uncle Arlen. They get caught up in all kinds of misadventures on their way out west, including a bank robbery, shooting a man holding th...more
Samma
I really enjoyed this book...however, it's getting a four star rating because of the ending. It basically just drops of. I am relieved however that there is a sequel. Whew! That being said, Sallie and Maude are two very independent girls, which in the world of "I must have a man to survive" is very refreshing. I can't speak about historical accuracy, as the Wild West isn't my forte, but it feels real. You can really imagine the hardship of this era. ...and anyone else crossing their fingers for...more
Bmack
I really enjoyed this book. Compared to the other 2008 Rebecca Caudill nominees that I have read, I think it is my favorite. It is about the adventures of two sisters who end up orphaned and run away from the pastor and his family who took them in. The pastor’s family was working them to death and they were trying to marry off the oldest girl, Maude, to a very old man. They ended up leaving during the middle of the night and stealing horses to get away. Everywhere they turned they ran into troub...more
Cindy Dyson Eitelman
I think...I liked it. Enough to read the sequel, that's for sure. It owes much to A Series Of Unfortunate Events in its plot structure--two orphans go shopping with their aunt and--

Wham! She's shot dead by a stray bullet. (no spoiler, here--it's on the cover)

"It really was an accident," says the outlaw Marion. Even thought they believe him, they still blame him. Plsu that and getting them involved in a bank robbery...and so on.

I highly recommend this for teens and sort-of recommend it for adults...more
Kyra
I read this book in the 5th grade, and I ended up going and buying it because I loved it so much. I still read it to this day.

This book is a short easy read that keeps you wondering what the hell is going to go wrong for these girls next. Marion was a blessing to them, even though he is the root of most of their problems lol

This book took me back to the times of cowboys, brawls, and extreme manners. I always wanted to read a book like this one but when I was in the 5th grade it was hard to find...more
Nanette
Recommended read for 4th grade. While the main characters are girls, it appeals to both girls and boys. There are lots of Wild West adventure and many good lessons, page after page. The inside cover includes a map. It is fun to track Maude and her sister's adventures on the map. The grammar of these young ladies turned outlaws noticeably deteriorated as the book progressed (which both girls know would appall their aunt); this contributed to the fun of this book. There are phrases, idioms, and vo...more
Hilary
When Sallie and Maude March's aunt is shot unexpectedly they decide to leave the safety of their small town and travel to Independence, MO in search of their long lost uncle. Unfortunately, mishap and mayhem seem to follow close on their trail as Maude is pegged as a horse thief, bank robber and murderer that is wanted by the law. A good ol' fashioned yarn about two sisters who have to do the unexpected in order to survive in a world that has left them behind. A great story for those looking for...more
Sue
I loved this book! I listened to it and the narrator was awesome. The story is told by Sallie March, who is 11 or 12 or 13, depending on the circumstances and has been drawn into a big adventure. Along the way she gains some surprising insights about people, about right and wrong, and about survival. I found her an engaging character, along with the others in the book. Marion Hardley is an ambivalent character as to his morals. Is a good man who does wrong still a good man? Sallie comes to terms...more
Tuieone
Really cute, light reading!
Eleven-year-old Sallie March is a whip-smart tomboy and voracious reader of Western adventure novels. When she and her sister Maude escape their self-serving guardians for the wilds of the frontier, they begin an adventure the likes of which Sallie has only read about. This time however, the "wanted woman" isn't a dime-novel villian, it's Sallie's very own sister! What follows is not the lies the papers printed, but the honest-to-goodness truth of how two sisters went...more
Erica
While I've never been a fan of Westerns, this was a rollicking good read, following the adventures of Sally and Maude March, two sisters (and orphans, natch) who begin a series of adventures after their aunt is shot.

Set against a backdrop of the wild, wild west, the girls pass themselves off as boys when they can as they travel to find their long lost uncle. There are many scrapes and adventures, and Sally narrates their tale as if they were in one of her beloved dimers.

This would be a good titl...more
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