Narrated by the irrepressible Sallie, what follows is the rollicking story of what really happened out there on the range. Not the lies the papers printed, but the honest-to-goodness truth of how things went from bad to worse and how two very different sisters went from being orphans to being outlaws and lived to tell the tale!
Bursting with memorable characters, fast-paced action, and laugh-out-loud moments, The Misadventures of Maude March is Newbery Honor winner Audrey Couloumbis' most unforgettable work yet.
©2005 Audrey Couloumbis; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group
"Hard to put down, and a fun read-aloud." (School Library Journal)
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is my first Audrey Couloumbis book and I found it enjoyable. It sort of reminded me of Lee Harper's "To Kill A Mockingbird" as it is told by a perky 11 year old girl. The topic of course is very different. Maude and Sallie are orphaned again when a stray bullet kills their aunt Ruth. They are place with a preacher and family but are worked liked slaves and the preacher and his wife take all their belongings etc. from Aunt Ruth's house which the bank just foreclosed on. Sallie is 11 and Maude just turned 17 run away to find Aunt Ruth's brother Arlen Weeks who they think is in Independence, Mo. They have lots of adventures, fun, and dangerous encounters on their trip. The man who killed Aunt Ruth encounter them on the trail, after he escaped from jail. He stays with them a while as he feels responsible for making them orphans. The papers post photo of Maude saying she stole the preacher's horses now she is an outlaw. I will not give away the story but needless to say when told from the view point of a perky 11 year old girl who loves to read "dimers" books, and wants to learn as much as possible the book is most enjoyable. Lee Adams does an outstanding job narrating the book. This book makes a delightful change of pace from heavier reading. Hope Audible will provide more Couloumbis books.
Yes. I found this book through a search on Novelist Plus for upbeat, historical fiction. Although I am an adult, I read YA novels often and this is one of the best. The narration was wonderful too!
I would also recommend similar books on Audible:
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Fair Weather by Richard Peck
I wish more of Audrey Coulumbis' books were available as audiobooks.
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