Chap Reaver A Little Bit Dead

ISBN 13: 9780385308014

A Little Bit Dead

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9780385308014: A Little Bit Dead

Reece tries to heed his father's dying words and do the right thing, but doing the right thing could get one killed in the rough land in which Reece lives.

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Grade 8-12--A Little Bit Dead is a little bit hokey, but overall it's a charming story of the old West. When 18-year-old Reece lumbers out of the mountains after trapping all winter, he finds himself unavoidably saving the life of a young Indian, Shanti. The bad guys don't like having their prey snatched away, especially when they believe Shanti has the map to a lost horde of gold. But worse trouble arises when one of them is murdered and Reece is blamed. That's the main plot; the two subplots are the whore-with-the-heart-of-gold and the doomed battle of the Indians to fend off the white man. It is not difficult to figure out how all this will turn out, but suspense is not the reason to read this book. The plot is highly melodramatic and slow in places, but its quirky humor carries it right over the rough spots and there is more than enough action to satisfy any reader. It is earthy in places, but Reece is such an innocent guy that he blushes in the right places. He comes fully to life, although none of the secon dary characters do, with the delightful excep tion of his horse, Packy. The theme definitely imposes modern attitudes on a far different era, but the friendship between the Indian boy and the white boy rings so true that Reaver neatly sidesteps the trap of didacticism. A sparkling book with a serious message. -- Kathy Fritts, Jesuit High School, Portland, OR
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From Publishers Weekly:

Set in 1876, this fast-paced western adventure opens when 17-year-old Reece comes upon three government agents preparing to lynch an Indian in the wilderness. Raised with a strong sense of propriety, the boy stops the lynching and rescues the Indian, whose name is Shanti. This act of kindness sets Reece and Shanti on a trail of intrigue, revenge and murder that reaches its harrowing climax in a shoot-out at a hidden gold mine. Finally, Reece and Shanti are forced to grow up and to decide what course their lives will take. Reaver has fashioned a complex, tightly woven tale that moves through scene after gripping scene with sure-footed grace, stumbling only slightly in the heart-wrenching coda (set 30 years after the main action). Reece's naturalistic, first-person narrative voice is utterly persuasive and makes him a likeable hero with whom readers will easily identify. Following the success of his Edgar Award-winning first novel, Mote , Reaver moves into the vanguard of YA authors with this consummately drawn yarn. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Published by Delacorte Pr (1992)
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