Daily Archives: January 17, 2013

Lone Star Ranger

by Zane Grey
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

Category: Western

Personal Evaluation: This one is also for adults because there just aren’t many westerns for kids in my library system. This one has the benefit of having a young girl as one of the main characters, and she gets rescued by the hero of the story.

What might interest children: Buck is a likeable character and tries to do the right thing, even though he lives in a world with many fewer laws than ours and doing the right thing is more dangerous for him. He is admirable in that he leaves his parents as a young man and takes care of himself on the run. I imagine that if a girl picked this up, she might identify with Jenny. Overall, though, not really for kids, and again, I don’t see lots of kids wanting Westerns, at least not on the East Coast where I work.