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Shane (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
     

Shane (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Jack Schaefer
 

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A reformed gunfighter trying to escape his past befriends a family of homesteaders whom a local rancher is trying to drive out.

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A reformed gunfighter trying to escape his past befriends a family of homesteaders whom a local rancher is trying to drive out.

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Children's Literature
The cover illustration sets the stage—a lone rider on his horse travels a dirt road into a stark, compelling landscape. That rider is Shane; he is about to change the lives of a homesteader family—Joe Starrett, his wife, Marian and their son, Bob. It is young Bob who first spots Shane as he nears their property, and the child finds him fascinating—"He rode easily....Yet even in this easiness was a suggestion of tension. It was the easiness of a coiled spring, of a trap set." The Starrett family befriends Shane, and Bob's father asks him to stay on as a hired hand. But he warns his son not to become attached because some day Shane will move on. Shaeffer's novel—his first—was published in 1949; this Wild West tale became a classic western movie. Afterward, Schaeffer adapted his novel for young readers. It is this adaptation that Wendell Minor illustrates with loving thoroughness. Minor visited Wyoming, consulted artist-cowboy friend Geoff Parker, studied early illustrators of Western genre such as N. C. Wyeth and Maynard Dixon for inspiration, even talked to Schaeffer's son, Carl. Minor, in his moving introduction recalls that Schaeffer dedicated his novel "to Carl, my first son, my first book." Wendell's dedication is also to Carl Schaeffer. This book is a fine way to start—or renew—that 1950s addiction to the American cowboy. 2001 (orig. 1949), Wendell Minor/Houghton Mifflin, $22.00. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Judy Crowder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881030471
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
09/28/1983
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
151
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Jack Schaefer was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and studied at Oberlin College and Columbia University. Shane, his first piece of fiction, began as a short story. Mr. Schaefer went on to write many other stories and novels set in the West, earning a devoted following of readers that continues to grow. He died in 1991.

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Shane 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
sunger More than 1 year ago
The author, Jack Schaefer, wrote a novel that every GATE student should read. The book contains a "story within a story", and it takes a great deal of effort to see this. shane is attempting to change his life, and the difficulties he faces are tremendous. The metaphores used by the author are at first difficult to spot, but with help, students aquire the ability to see the foreshadowing presented in the book. A must read for students (5th grade and up) and adults.
speed_demon More than 1 year ago
Shane is one of the best western novels I have ever read. This story is filled with excitement and thrillig action. This is one of those books that you just don't want to put down, after reading this you'll think I want to be more like Shane. The characters are amazing and very creative and went well with the western genre. This book is for anyone the vocabulary is fairly simple and the organization of this story is superb, The author did an amazing job writing this story. This is one book that I would love to read over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love western stories of all kinds by a variety of authors but in my opinion this is the best western ever written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He wasn't that huge guy, 6'5"-230#, he was just a normal sized guy. but he had heart and had no fear and the story gives you a a since that he was indestructible. Shane is "High-Noon", "The Searchers", The Magnificent Seven", and Hondo all rolled into one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly told from a boy's perspective. Beautiful and clear story on courage, pride, loyalty, family, and doing what's right. Wonderful and relevant lessons throughout. This book is largely character driven, and by that i mean the character of the characters. A little slow at first, this book took me chapters to get in it, but once I did, I really enjoyed how the rich imagery and writing style really brought to life such a simple story and idea. Lovely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this for school and it is too detailed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although often categorized as 'young adult fiction,' Schaefer's first novel was not originally intended as such. Even though thoroughly enjoyable by young adults, it is actually the more mature reader who will likely be struck by the deepest chords the story has to offer. At first reading, it may indeed seem written in an almost over-sentimental, simplistic style. The observant reader, however, will soon realize that it is this very simplicity by which he/she is being drawn into an inescapable emotional experience by a master storyteller. Truly a life-long companion, I first read this novel when I was 12 and have been re-reading it ever since. The film adaptation, as famous as it became and being touted as the 'archetypal blueprint for all Western films that followed,' was painful to watch in contrast with the polar opposite theme of the novel. Stick with the novel, especially if you enjoy the reluctant-warrior motif, regardless of genre. I'm not even a fan of westerns, yet this is one of my favorite novels, as it transcends genre altogether.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My grandmother gave this to me when I was about nine years old and I just never got around to reading it. But now at the age of 19 I'm glad I just did. It took me only a weekend to enjoy this book and now my dad is reading it. I haven't seen the movie yet but it's like your favorite western. The plot is amazing and quick. It doesn't have all the fluff that some books have. Since it's first person, if Bob (the 'narrator') didn't see it it's not in the book. If you haven't read it, I ask what are you waiting for? Buy a copy today and you won't be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recomend this book to anyone who reads. My dad read it to me when I was 6 years old now im still reading it at 81! I really don't think there was one bad part. The author exspressed himself in such imoition! You will love this book so read it please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just re-read Shane, hadn't seen it in over 30 years. (Nook seems to have the only digital version available.) I wanted to read it again before I introduce my 12 and 13 year old boys to it. Unless I'm way off the mark, they'll love it and want their sons to read it in 30 years, because it seems timeless even though westerns have gone out of vogue.
BookLoverRB More than 1 year ago
Jack Schaeffer set the standard for Classic western stories with this novel. No author has surpassed the standard he set with this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
by Jack Schaefer A book written in the year of my birth it epitomizes the ethos of the legendary wild west gunfighter, who having once established his reputation found it impossible to escape it. And so a man named only Shane rides into the life of a pioneering farm family in cattle country, a land where fences and barbed wire were fighting words and open range reigned supreme. Shane is lean and rock hard, ever vigilant with a haunted, hunted look in his eyes. We get the sense of a coiled spring ready to jump into action instantly at need. There is deep irony in seeing such a man wield an ax, till the soil, or mend fence but he does it with grace and absolute economy of motion, no effort wasted. When the inevitable confrontation comes our hero reluctantly proves himself equally adept with his fists as he is fast with the draw. But when he can barely keep his feet after beating down a gang of tough cowhands he is described as being carried out of the bar like a child. He rides off into the sunset gut-shot with what was probably a fatal wound but legends can never die. Several movie versions of the book have been made but you owe it to yourself to read the original.
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I read all the reviews and it sounds like a pointless blind written book for rednecks and hilbilies srry aabout spelling thanks for ur time
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My boyfriends name is Shane. He's absolutly wonderful in every way. I love everything about him. Although his humor could use some work, he can always make me laugh. I feel like its just the two of us when we talk. He always has a kind word when I am upset. He probably won't read this reveiw. I think the whole world should know how wonderful he is. This book was fantastic. I loved most all aspects of it. The story was truly touching. Love is a magical feeling. Dont ever forget how it feels.
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