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True Grit

True Grit
Author: Charles Portis
Publisher: Overlook Juvenile
Genre: Teen / Western
ISBN: 978-1-4683-0125-0
Pages: 240
Price: $7.99

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True Grit was first published in serial format in The Saturday Evening Post in 1968. The following year it was released as a film starring John Wayne. This Young Readers Edition presents the adapted story along with reader’s guide discussion questions and commentary specifically written for teens.

Mattie Ross is a strong-willed fourteen year-old girl, intent on avenging her father’s murder. After hiring US Marshal Rooster Cogburn to assist her, and finding that Texas Ranger LaBoeuf will be joining them, she heads out into the wilderness to hunt down and convict Tom Chaney.

The idea that a fourteen year-old girl would join these men on such a dangerous mission is preposterous, but Mattie’s pluck and determination, as well as her obvious intelligence, make this story believable. This classic western novel would be a great read for all teens.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 20, 2014 Posted by | teen, western | Leave a comment

Graphic Classics Vol. 20: Western Classics


Featured stories:

  • Out Where the West Begins by Arthur Chapman
  • Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
  • Knife River Prodigal by Robert E. Howard
  • The Right Eye of the Commander by Bret Harte
  • The Holdup by Clarence E. Mulford
  • La Perdida by Gertrude Atherton
  • The Last Thundersong by John G. Neihardt
  • El Dorado by Willa Cather

Illustrators:  Al Feldstein, Cynthia Martin, George Sellas, Reno Maniquis, Dan Spiegle, Arnold Arre, Ryan Huna Smith, John Findley
Publisher: Eureka Productions
Genre: Western
ISBN: 978-0-9787919-9-5
Pages: 144
Price: $17.95

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This latest Graphic Classics volume features westerns. It contains a nice mix of stories, from the comical Knife River Prodigal, to the drama of Riders of the Purple Sage, the Native American The Last Thundersong, and even some Spanish influence in The Right Eye of the Commander and La Perdida.

Each of the artists portrays the stories in their own unique manner. Some choose a more realistic approach, while others use a comic-book style, all perfectly suited to the stories they illustrate.

These Graphic Classics books allow us to read classic literature that we may never have been exposed to be before. I know very little about the western genre, yet I enjoyed reading this compilation of adapted works. If you enjoy westerns, this volume would be a wonderful addition to your collection.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 22, 2011 Posted by | classics, graphic novel, western | Leave a comment