The Maude March Duology by Audrey Couloumbis

The Misadventures of Maude March

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 villain, 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 from being orphans to being outlaws—and lived to tell the tale!

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Maude March on the Run

The papers call Maude notorious. But 12-year-old Sallie knows her big sister didn’t do the things the stories say . . . not on purpose anyway. In fact, she and Maude have made a fresh start and are trying to live on the up-and-up. But just when the girls are settling into their new life, Maude is arrested—and before you can say “jailbreak,” the orphaned sisters are back on the run!

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I discovered The Misadventures of Maude March at a garage sale. After reading the back it sounded interesting, so I bought it. Needless to say it exceeded my expectations. The characters are fun, relatable, and realistic.  Sallie has read dimers (novels) about adventures and think she has what it takes to survive. But when she actually gets the chance she realizes that maybe her sister is a bit better at it than her.

This is probably one of my most favorite books; the action and adventure in the book is not overdone and is balanced nicely. It’s got amazing detail and there were a few times I was grinning broadly at the pages. Maude and Sallie are very memorable characters.

As for Maude March on the Run, I didn’t know it existed until I finished the first book and saw an ad on the back (that’s the first time an ad on the back of a book has been helpful for me). I was extremely excited and got it as soon as I could. It was just as good, if not better than the first book. I especially loved the ending; but you’ll have to read it to find out why. 😉

 

Overall rating: 5/5

Violence: 4/10

Language: 3/10 (minor cursing, I think)

Inappropriateness/Romance: 0/10

Audiences: ages 8 and up

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