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The Misadventures of Maude March Book Review

The Misadventures of Maude March Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 5 Star Rating)

The Misadventures of Maude March, written by Audrey Couloumbis is a western adventure book for teens and we review it right here!

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Title: The Misadventures of Maude March
Author: Audrey Couloumbis
Ages: 10+
Rating: 5


Long gone are the days of setting up homesteads in the wide open prairies and lone sheriffs roping up the bad guys on dusty ghost town roads. But that doesn't mean you can't relive the magic and adventure of the Wild West. Check out Kidzworld's review of The Misadventures of Maude March.


Trouble Rides a Fast Horse

This western adventure follows eleven year-old Sallie March and her older sister Maude who have been orphaned for a second time when their Aunt Ruthie is killed by a stray bullet. The girls are taken in by the town's reverend and his wife, who soon set the girls to work around the house - taking care of their kids, washing, baking, canning - you name it, Sallie and Maude did it. As if being treated like slaves wasn't bad enough, suddenly old Mr. Wilburn is being invited over on a regular basis in hopes of marrying Maude off to him. The girls finally have had enough and decide to steal away in the night in search of their last remaining relative, an uncle living in Independence, Missouri.


Wild West Adventure

Two young girls headed off into the wild frontier isn't the smartest plan in the world, but Sallie and Maude didn't see an alternative. So, to make their travels easier, they chop off all their hair, dress in boys clothes and adopt new names. It's not long before they meet up with a fellow fugitive, who just happens to be the same man who shot their aunt. The one and only Joe Harden, the dime-novel hero Sallie is always reading about. The girls come to know Joe (who's name is actually Marion Hardly) and ride on with him throughout their journey. But, despite Maude's lady-like demeanor and extreme sense of honesty, stories begin to crop up in newspapers everywhere about her law-breaking and apparent insanity. Soon, an unshakeable reputation begins to follow Sallie and Mad Maude March and the further they go, the more trouble they seem to get into!


Real Girl Power

At a time when most female role models are wearing half tops and stilettos, The Misadventures of Maude March brings a refreshing change to the girl power scene. Both Sallie and Maude are incredibly strong-willed and the perils they face would seem impossible to overcome by many of us. They travel for weeks on horseback through the heat, the rain, snow - all the while with the law on their tail. With Sallie's dime-novel expertise and Maude's sharp-shot, they manage to always find shelter, avoid the venomous bite of the rattlesnake and russle up grub.


The Bottom Line

The Misadventures of Maude March is a must-read - not only for girls, but boys too. These two unlikely heroes tell an impressive tale of survival that is gripping the whole way through. Sallie narrates the book and tells it in a way that is really funny and mesmerizing. A great read for anyone looking for a little more adventure in their lives!


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Fairkss
Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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Fairkss
There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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nqme
nqme posted in Debating:
I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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Igiveuponthename
That's because of our own human nature. We often value ourselves more than anyone else. Everybody affects everybody indirectly. People value progress over everything. One day the world will come crashing down, and with this crumbling and twisted society with it. Want to make a difference? Well, it's not too late to start.
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Fairkss
Fairkss posted in Say Anything:
I really hate how society is built. I really hate how unaccepting people are and how we have gotten this far due to sacrifices and inflicting pain on others. Why do we do this to our own kind? ​We are just destroying ourselves because we are unable to understand why some people do what they do. Why can't we just accept people for how they are? They're heart and their soul. I know the world can't be perfect but honestly right now the world isn't okay. Of course I'm just a kid so whatever I say won't matter but anyways that's just what has been on my mind lately :)
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