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Reid's rolicking followup to the sprawling historical comedy Cordelia Underwood returns to 1890s Portland, Maine, for the further exploits of Tobias Walton and his merry, bumbling do-gooders, the Moosepathians. Mollie Peer, a suffragette reporter, senses a good story when she impulsively follows a frightened street urchin called Bird to Portland's harbor. When he is claimed by menacing Mr. Pembleton, she realizes that Bird's life is in danger, and she enlists the help of baseball player Wyckford O'Hearn. Soon they are joined by the Moosepath League's Ephram, Eagleton and Thump, gallant and well-meaning (if less than keen) gentlemen who never shirk their duty, especially when women and children are concerned. Since their leader, Walton, and his sidekick, Sundry Moss, are away on amorous pursuits, the remaining three Moosepathians must rescue Bird on their own. On the run from the child's pursuers, they encounter the mysterious Indian, John Neptune; the infamous Quibbling Society, a nefarious gang of smugglers that includes two Shakespearean actors; and a man convinced he will die at midnight. Plots, subplots, bizarre Americana, vivid period prose and vintage Down East oddities proliferate from there. Though all the major players here appeared in Cordelia Underwood, readers need not have read that book to enjoy this one. Reid's zigzag plot and the boatloads of comic minor characters recall Oliver Twist, though Reid's aims are certainly lighter than his classic model. He extracts humor from nearly every detail, writing with a gleeful vigor, evokingAnay, escaping toAa time when men trembled at the sight of a lovely woman, baseball and newspapers had just begun to flourish, and adventures seemed to await all comers at every boardinghouse, tavern, railway station and wharf. Author tour. (July) FYI: Reid manages the Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA-It is October 8, 1896. Mollie Peer, social columnist for the Eastern Argus, is walking with her housemate in Portland, ME, when they encounter a waif named Bird. Before the conversation progresses much beyond introductions, the boy is whisked away by the nefarious Mr. Pembleton and all of Mollie's reporter instincts come into play. Thus, the stage is set, and Mollie is off in pursuit of the child and his abductor. Along the way, she meets several characters introduced in Cordelia Underwood: Or the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League (Viking, 1998). They and others assist her in her efforts to rescue Bird from Mr. Pembleton and his evil associates. Reid weaves a tale of mystery and intrigue while engaging readers with his captivating cast of characters, his many plots and subplots, and his vivid descriptions of Maine and life along the coast of 19th-century New England. Readers familiar with Charles Dickens will find comparisons irresistible, but for today's young adults, Reid might prove the more accessible author.
Pamela B. Rearden, Centreville Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140291857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140291858
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This anecdote alone is almost enough to justify reading this book.
Andy Edie
They're both intriguing stories with very charming characters in the state of Maine during the Victorian time period.
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The story is also filled with such good humor that I often found myself laughing out loud.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Another great book by Van Reid. Mollie Pier was even better than Cordelia Underwood, though perhaps not quite as good as the Daniel Plainway book. Let's hope Van Reid continues with more Moosepath books. These novels are absolutely terrific!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andy Edie on July 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
'Mollie Peer' is the second installment in the adventures of the Moosepath League. If you have not read the first installment, 'Cordelia Underwood', you should do so now.
Once again, Van Reid gives us a charming, funny and altogether delightful romp through historic Maine. This time around the story is a little more tense and fast-paced, but Reid still manages to infuse enough humor and romance to keep the reading light and breezy. Reid also includes a great piece of New England folklore when he recounts the Riddle of the Needle, Rock, and Mirror. This anecdote alone is almost enough to justify reading this book.
The members of the Moosepath League are some of the most enjoyable characters I have ever come across in my reading, and I have complete confidence that you will feel the same.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
I sincerely hope Mr. Reid keeps writing more adventures of the Moosepath League. This second novel has a more serious tone than the first, but the same detail of characters and plot, as well as the same likable characters who triumph in the end - which is exactly what we want! A real refreshing change, in this day of skimpy plots and shallow characters, with text filled up by expletitives. Thank you so much Mr. Reid!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paula G. on January 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Van Reid has done it again! wonderful escape to the end of the 19th century..characters wonderfully drawn...im totally spell bound and hooked on the adventures of the Moosepath League Gang...i cant wait for the next enstallment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "bibliofiend" on November 28, 2000
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As with his first book introducing the Moosepath League, I couldn't put this one down. It is fun and quirky and totally amusing how the Moosepath League can always find trouble but never really seem to grasp the depth of danger they are in. Van Reid has created a wonderful series that is fun to read. I can't wait until he publishes another.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Reynolds on August 14, 2000
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I bought this and Cordelia because the jacket looked intriguing and have found an author I love to read. There is so much happening in this book that it takes a while for all the threads to come together but it is so much fun getting there. Once all the different happenings come together, the pace really picks up and the reader just sails through the rest of the book. The problem then is that the book is finished and the reader wants to keep going. Van Reid also drops little updates on the main characters from the previous book that are so subtle the reader almost misses the reference but this style creates those special little touches that show what a master storyteller this author is. I am looking forward to the next book by this wonderfully inventive author.
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