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The Good Oak (Western Literature Series)

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"Growing up is never easy, but thirteen-year-old Matt Echbar is finding it particularly difficult. His widowed father is too busy for him, and his grandfather is an embarrassment, an unschooled Basque shepherd whose language and customs are completely alien to Matt's all-American lifestyle. Matt is in serious trouble at school, and his father is threatening to move them back to the grandfather's farm to help the old man. Things only get worse when his grandfather steals a flock of sheep and dragoons Matt into helping him drive them to a secret
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"Growing up is never easy, but thirteen-year-old Matt Echbar is finding it particularly difficult. His widowed father is too busy for him, and his grandfather is an embarrassment, an unschooled Basque shepherd whose language and customs are completely alien to Matt's all-American lifestyle. Matt is in serious trouble at school, and his father is threatening to move them back to the grandfather's farm to help the old man. Things only get worse when his grandfather steals a flock of sheep and dragoons Matt into helping him drive them to a secret camp high in the Arizona mountains." "As Matt and his aitatxi, accompanied by their two faithful sheepdogs, drive the flock across the burgeoning suburbs of Phoenix and into the remote mountains, the boy learns the ancient skills of the sheepherder and discovers the unexpected wisdom that has given his Old Country grandfather the strength and patience of a sturdy oak. By the time the journey reaches its fateful conclusion, Matt has developed a new bond with the old man along with a new confidence in himself. Moreover, he has learned that becoming an adult includes accepting one's heritage." This is a novel about the precarious borderlands between childhood and manhood, between an American and an ethnic identity. Matt's adventure as an apprentice sheepherder is a tale about the angst and frustration of growing up, and the pride that comes from surviving hard work and honoring the culture of one's forebears.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874176025
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Series: Western Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 153
  • Sales rank: 1,421,579
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005

    Highly Recommended

    Martin Etchart is an excellent author. His book exemplifies American literature. I appreciated his use of humor to demonstrate the central themes of the story. I've since recommended the book to close friends who have also enjoyed the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2004

    Should be called the Great Oak

    This book is a phenominal read from cover to cover. Very Very Funny story for any season and any age. This book is among the new classics and this author has renewed my faith in American Literature. I ended up purchasing several as Christmas gifts for friends and family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004

    What a heart warming story

    After reading the review online of this book I decided to give it a try and I was not disapointed. I find myself laughing outload in some spots. This author knows how to write a good story. It draws you in and doesn't let go. I have a hard time puting it down.

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