Mattie Ross, a fourteen-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie -- as vital as she is innocent -- outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.
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by Charles Portis
by Sharon Creech
by Charles Dickens
by Charles Alverson
by Charles Pellegrino
by Charles Stross
by Charles Yu
by Charles Baxter
"A plucky Arkansas lass seeks vengeance for her father's murder accompanied by crusty, one-eyed Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn. The basis for the popular John Wayne movie, this high-spirited comic novella paints an unforgettable portrait of a girl with uncommon courage, heart, and sense. Mattie Ross, portrayed by Donna Tartt, tells her own story. Herself a respected novelist and poet, Tartt, whose authentic Southern accent and high youthful voice fit the character well, does an effective reading. Still, it would be a bit better if she had more finely tuned comic timing and managed to convey that the Mattie who tells the story is a bit older and wiser than the Mattie whose adventures she relates. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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