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Maudie in the Middle

Maudie in the Middle

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by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Judith Gwyn Brown (Illustrator), Lura Schield Reynolds

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Naylor has developed her mother's written memory of life in Iowa in the early 20th Century into a delightful story of a girl growing up at the turn of the century. Maudie is a middle child who wants desperately to be noticed and also to be good. She has particular trouble with the last wish, as readers will see during the events of the year described: playing blind man's bluff on the roof, taking a piece of pie from Mrs. Franklin's kitchen, popping a bag in the new car and making her father think he has a blowout. There are some family highs and lows, such as the box social, farm chores, and Aunt Sylvie's romance. In one scene, Maudie hopes that the foot washing at church will turn her into a ``good'' person and is heartbroken when she sleeps through it. An uncle's death and her parent's trip west lead to Maudie's maturing as she must care for her baby sister. All of the characters are marvelously believable. Each chapter covers a separate episode in Maudie's life, making the book good for reading aloud. Children who are searching for something after the ``Little House'' books or Caddie Woodlawn should enjoy Maudie. Margaret C. Howell, Cameron Elementary School, Fairfax County, Va.

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award Medal winner Shiloh and the Alice book series. Naylor grew up in during the Great Depression and began writing when she was a teenager. Her first children's book, The Galloping Goat and Other Stories, was published in 1965, and she has written an average of two books a year for children since then. Shiloh was made into a family movie in 1996. In addition to sequels to Shiloh, there are now 25 books in the Alice book series, the most recent being Now I'll Tell You Everything.

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Maudie in the Middle 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl who is the middle chiled in her family.She Wantes her moyher to notes her. So she does some things that gets her mothers atention. She wantes to have a god mother , but no whon Knows what a god mothert is.