True Grit: Young Readers Edition

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9781468313154: True Grit: Young Readers Edition

The #1 New York Times bestseller with over two million copies in print, now available for a whole new generation of Portis fans with discussion questions

True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen when the coward Tom Chaney shoots down her father in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash. Determined to avenge the killing, Mattie enlists the help of Rooster Cogburg, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, and pursue the killer into Indian Territory. As Mattie outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten types in her path, her vitality and resourcefulness amuse, impress, and touch the reader.

What happens―to Mattie, to the gang of outlaws unfortunate enough to tangle with her, to Rooster and the swaggering Texas Ranger LeBoeuf―rings with the dramatic rightness of legend. An instant bestseller and critical success upon its first publication and the basis for two Academy Award-winning films, True Grit is an American Classic through and through.

The Young Readers Edition includes the complete text of True Grit, an afterword by Leonard S. Marcus and discussion questions.

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About the Author:

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, was the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, and was a writer for The New Yorker.

Review:

“Like Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn ... Charles Portis's True Grit captures the naïve elegance of the American voice.” –Jonathan Lethem

“Portis has made an epic and a legend. Mattie Ross should soon join the pantheon of America’s legendary figures such as Kit Carson, Wyatt Earp, and Jesse James.” — The Washington Post

"Like Twain, Portis respects his young narrator as a human being with a fully developed moral sensibility, even when the adults in the novel don't." — Los Angeles Times

"Teens will be drawn into the book's adventure-packed storyline, strongly delineated characters, and moments of unexpected humor." — School Library Journal

"True Grit is the best novel to come my way in a very long time... Marvelous." — –Roald Dahl

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