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Maude March on the Run!
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Audrey Couloumbis's first book for children, Getting Near to Baby, won the Newbery Honor in 2000. She is also the author of Say Yes and The
Misadventures of Maude March, which was named a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Book Sense 76 pick, and a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.

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First introduced in The Misadventures of Maude March, which PW called "a rip-roaring Western... sure to rustle up a new herd of fans for Audrey Couloumbis," Maude March on the Run! Or Trouble Is Her Middle Name chronicles the further adventures of sisters Maude and Sallie. Here, they are on the run after a robbery gone wrong. (Random, $15.99 320p ages 8-12 ISBN 978-0-375-83246-8; Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Gr 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 Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"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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