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The Misadventures of Maude March (Maude March Misadventures #1)

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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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Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Picked this up in the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence, Missouri, read the back cover, and had to have it. Sure, it's a kids' book, but I got a kick out of it, and want to read the sequel. Narrated by Maude's younger sister, the book is a wonderfully affectionate send-up of the "dimer" western stories the narrator loves to read.
Angie Fehl
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sallie March, our narrator, is an 11 year old tomboy living in what we know think of as "the Old West days". Her parents are both dead, victims of yellow fever, so she and her teen sister, Maude, have since been living with their matronly aunt, Ruthie. While running errands with Ruthie one day, the girls become innocent, victimized bystanders in a shootout. Aunt Ruthie is killed instantly by a stray bullet. {I loved that on that fateful day, Aunt Ruthie, having quite the day already, speaks the ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-english-356, 2012
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
Unfortunately, I didn't end up enjoying this historical fiction story as much as I'd thought I would. The story started out quite well, being quickly-paced and pretty engaging. But somewhere along the line, as the two sisters traveled on and on, it all began to feel flat and dull. I had trouble visualizing the landscape as they traveled, mainly because I'm not sure what the wilderness of Missouri actually looks like. The characters were okay, but not really memorable for me. The writing style d ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book wasn't what I expected. I looked at the cover and read the inside cover and expected "Mad" Maude to be one rip-snorting wild woman. She wasn't. But just because the book wasn't what I expected doesn't mean that is wasn't good. Just the contrary, actually. Sallie is the wild sister while Maude is actually the meek sister.

I highly enjoyed the story of the struggles these girls had trying to recapture the life they once had. Audrey Couloumbis has created a wonderful tale of two girls figh
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 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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