by Charles Portis

Reviewer Rating:


I generally don't read Westerns, but I had heard that True Grit is well-written and funny.  It was exciting, and the characters were likeable and entertaining.  The book begins when Mattie Ross sets off to square her father's account in Fort Smith, Arkansas, after he is killed by his hired hand.  Through sheer stubbornness and spunk, she sells back the horses her father bought before his death and hires Rooster Cogburn to hunt down the man who killed her father.  Mattie convinces Cogburn to take her into the Indian Territory so that she can see the man come to justice herself.  Together with a Texan ranger who is looking for the same criminal, they follow the trail through the wintry West.  This was a fast-paced, amusing novel, and it was definitely worth reading.  Fourteen-year-old Mattie will make you laugh, while also engendering a sincere hope that her hunt will be successful.  

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