Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Maude March on the Run

Maude March on the Run

Audrey Couloumbis
For ages 12 and up
Random House , 2008   ISBN: 978-0375832468

Sallie March and her sister Maude are just beginning to get used to living a normal life with their uncle Arlen, when everything changes and the sisters are once more catapulted into a danger-filled adventure. Some time ago, Maude was involved in an adventure that included the robbing of a bank and a murder. Though Maude is not the criminal responsible for these terrible deeds - not directly anyway - she now has a reputation that she has to hide from. If she is caught, she will be imprisoned and perhaps strung up as well.

Sallie has sent an account of what really happened with regard to the bank and the murder to a sheriff whom she hopes will listen. Unfortunately, it would appear that Sallie's letter either went astray or was ignored, because Maude is arrested. Sallie and their friend Marion have no choice but to break Maude out of jail and to make a run for it.

Thus it is that Sallie, Marion, and Maude head for Colorado Territory where Uncle Arlen has gone to help a friend in distress. Their journey is punctuated by all kinds of dangers and bizarre happenings, and Sallie begins to wonder if she and Maude are ever going to be able to have a calm and normal life.

This is a splendid sequel to the first Maude March book, The Misadventures of Maude March. Packed with deliciously outrageous adventures and colorful characters, this is a book that readers will thoroughly enjoy.