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Maude March on the Run! Paperback – May 13, 2008
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Grade 5–7—The excitement of the Wild West comes to life in this action-packed sequel to The Misadventures of Maude March (Random, 2005). Orphans Sallie, 12, and Maude, 16, continue their adventures, again traveling west in search of their Uncle Arlen and a place they can call home. Maude is unjustly accused of being a horse thief, bank robber, and murderer, and the two girls and their companion, Joe Harden, barely manage to stay one step ahead of the law as they dash across desert and prairie. Joe is a charmingly hapless con man, and the interaction among these three characters provides lots of humor, especially when Maude's fame produces a bunch of copycat outlaws. Sallie's voice as the "wise innocent" with plenty of colorful language is just right as she sees through the hypocrisy of a delicious array of eccentric characters and repeatedly saves the day for her companions. Descriptive details about medical practices, terrain, railroads, food, towns, forts, etc., are woven seamlessly into the lively story and provide a real feel for the flavor of the Old West and life on the trail. There are a few too many annoying references to unexplained characters and events from the earlier book, but they may encourage readers to go back and catch up with the girls' previous exploits. A satisfying sequel.—Quinby Frank, formerly at Green Hedges School, Vienna, VA
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“Old-fashioned storytelling, humor, rollicking adventure, and heroines to root for. A natural for reading aloud.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Descriptive details . . . are woven seamlessly into the lively story and provide a real flavor for the Old West and life on the trail.” —School Library Journal
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Now really orphaned, the girls spend some time living under the roof of Reverend Peasley and his wife. Stifled by too many rules and Mrs. Peasley's tendency to overwork Maude and her sister for selfish gain, Maude reaches the end of her rope. The last straw is when Mrs. Peasley tries to push Maude into a marriage with a much older man.
The March girls decide to make a break for it. Their journey requires them to pose as boys as to not arouse suspicion (you know, two young ladies traveling alone, can't be up to any good...) but hope their travels will soon take them to a new town where they can start over. It's no easy road though. Because Maude sorta borrows a couple of the Peasley's horses to aid her getaway, she gets labeled a wanted horse thief. Through a few other misunderstandings, she also wracks up the charges of bank robber and murderer and boom! -- the March girls are suddenly starring in one of Sallie's beloved dime novels! Every time they get their hands on a newspaper, Maude's legend seems to grow! But it's not just the stains on their reputations they're fighting. Additionally, these sisters face up against blizzards, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, food shortages, finding themselves having to evade police, even being taken hostage by REAL criminals!
What starts as a sort of comedy of errors grows into a heartwarming story of sisterhood and taking care of family, no matter what. This story is full of honest chuckles, especially from the wit of young Sallie March, who has sass for days! For readers who are fans of novels which include maps, this book features a pretty adorable one! Definitely recommend this fast, fun adventure for any and all lovers of Western comedy!
If you end up enjoying this book as much as I did, the adventures continue in Maude March On The Run!
Note To Parents: Though this novel is geared toward middle-grade readers, there is some mild violence to be aware of: some scenes mention a toe being shot off and one character being stabbed through the hand. The criminals in this book are of a bumbling, comical sort though, so even the more violent scenes are lightened with humor. Still, heads up on that in case you want to monitor what your child is reading and prefer to do a pre-read yourself.
NOT just for children. I am 58 years old and I absolutely love both of these books. The tale (as told through an 11/12 year old) is sometimes just downright funny. I can imagine my little granddaughter saying things like Sallie does.
I would recommend these two books to ANYONE who likes westerns and who likes a good laugh.
"It ain't a good idea to keep racking up accidental killings."
I took one of my usual westerns back to the library today after only 20 or so pages. After reading about Sallie and Maude, it just didn't cut the mustard anymore. :)
I wish she had written more of these books. This one is apparently the last of the Maude March series.
The ending sort of thuds to a stop with no clear answers to too many questions. Did the writer tell her story? How did the old couple in the wagon fair? Did they ever meet again? Whatever happened to all the women who were looking for husbands?
And the most pressing question of all: Did sparks ever fly between Maude and Marion? He seemed to be taken with Maude, but we are left to wonder how she really felt about him.
There could very well be several more books in this series. Sallie herself could carry a few books by herself. I have no doubt they would be well received.
Really good stories that just stop with a thud at the end of the second book.