To Tame A Land



Author:  Louis L’Amour                                                                                                                  

Title:  To Tame A Land                                                                     

Publication Date: 1955                                                                     

Pages:  269

Genre:  Western

Geographical Setting:  Western United States

Time Period: Mid 1800’s

Subject Headings:  Western stories

Appeal:  Fast-paced, suspenseful, optimistic, well-developed characters, strong secondary characters, action-oriented, linear, detailed, romance, descriptive, frank, resolved ending

Plot Summary:   Orphaned twelve-year-old Tyler learns how to survive on his own when he is abandoned on the westward trail in the middle of Indian country.  He learns to live off the land and develops a reputation for his quick, sharp shooting skills.  Tyler’s wanderings introduce him to an array of dramatic characters and situations.  This fast-paced story is filled with vivid descriptions of western landscape and is told with a refreshing frank style.

Three terms that best describe this book:  Fast-paced, action-oriented, descriptive

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Name:  Debbie Jancik

Read July 19, 2011















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