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THE MISADVENTURES OF MAUDE MARCH by Audrey Couloumbis

THE MISADVENTURES OF MAUDE MARCH

or, Trouble Rides a Fast Horse

By Audrey Couloumbis

Age Range: 9 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 2005
ISBN: 0-375-83245-9
Publisher: Random House

“Some days it isn’t even a good idea to get out of bed,” muttered Aunt Ruthie as she stepped out of the mercantile. Just then, a bullet hits her in the heart and kills her, leaving 11-year-old Sallie and 15-year-old Maude orphans once again. Soon thereafter, the sisters are headed west, about to live the adventures Sallie had read about in her dime novels. They are involved in a bank robbery, struck by a headless rattlesnake, attacked by a mountain lion and forced to be on the run when wanted posters featuring “Mad Maude” begin appearing in the newspapers. What a pleasure to read something just for the sheer fun of the storytelling. Sallie’s fresh and feisty voice, girls dressed as boys, an outlaw with a heart of gold, adventure and humor add up to great family entertainment. (Fiction. 9+)