Maud & Addie

Published May 6, 2021 Order Here

In 1910, two sisters, 11 and 12 year-old Maud and Addie, are eagerly anticipating their Summer social in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. However, the event does not go according to plan, and the two girls are swept out to sea as they are rowing home at the day’s end. They find themselves adrift in the unforgiving North Atlantic with only the contents of a picnic hamper to sustain them and a carriage blanket to keep them warm. Finding their way through stormy seas, the girls finally make landfall on a deserted island. The girls create a world for themselves among the island dunes, keeping company with sea birds and other sea creatures. their adventures test their wits and, in the process, forge a bond. Maud & Addie is a castaway tale in which two girls show their courage, inventiveness and resilience no matter what they encounter.

Virtual Readings:

May 13, 2021 7:00 p.m. EST Broadside Bookshop, Northampton MA

June 10, 2021 8:00 p.m. AST Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, Halifax

A portion of proceeds from this book have been donated to the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre to honor the original and continuing storytellers of the Mi’maq Nation and support the survivors of the Shubenacadie Residential School.


BookTrib Review:

BookTrib Review: Reading Maud & Addie is like stepping back in time — or more accurately, into the pages of a classic children’s book like Anne of Green Gables or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. There is a charming, old-fashioned feel to the story, though its themes of sisterhood and personal growth are universal across time. The girls’ relationship with each other is by turns funny and touching with a depth, complexity and evolution well rendered in both the characters and their actions. The girls may be lost on an island, but it is there that they truly find themselves and each other.

Strong characters and an engaging plot are often enough to propel a story forward. But the real star of the show is Jones’s use of language. Her descriptions of the flora and fauna of the island, the water and the sky, the sand and the stones are as poetic as they are vivid. With its well-crafted, fluid sentences, this is prose to be lingered over, not skimmed through. You can taste the salt in the air, feel the grit of the sand, smell the seaweed drying in the sun. You’ll never want to leave Maud and Addie’s island. Or, for that matter, the company of these two believable and endearing characters. Buy this book! by Cynthia Conrad Full Review: BookTrib Review

AvalinahsBooks: What an amazing read – I couldn’t even decide whether this was to be considered middle grade, or if it’s for adults – I think this book is perfect for both children and adults. It talks about very real and important things, maturing in our relationships and becoming less selfish, seeing the bigger picture. Also, it’s just an incredible story of survival and healing. It’s definitely a must-read! Full Review

Forward Reviews: Filled with adventure, discovery, and a splash of sibling rivalry, Maureen Buchanan Jones’s historical novel Maud & Addie includes sweet messages about the importance of family. […] Sure to enchant, Maud & Addie is a touching novel complete with old skeletons, new friends, and the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood. Vivian Turnbull, Foreword Reviews

Kirkus Reviews: An absorbing tale of two young sisters from Halifax, Nova Scotia, who are swept out to sea and their trails and risk-taking as castaways. […] With confident pacing that rises and falls like the waves, the book charts the girls’ progress as they enter survival mode, growing more resilient and resourceful with each test. Kirkus Reviews.

Sometimes you write things
you don’t want to.
You want your pen to move
in a different direction, but
you don’t have the energy,
or the focus, or the strength
of character to keep it in its
track, so you let it loose,
say Don’t go far in a half-hearted
voice and watch the pen
run off into the under-growth
and start scratching. You
know something is going
to get dug up. Something
you’ll want to get off
your hands later, something
that has hot, red eyes.
But it’s too late, ink is
getting spilled.
(from blessed are the menial chores)