Printer Friendly

Ives, David. Scrib.

IVES, David. Scrib. HarperCollins. 188p. c2005.0-06-059841-7 $15.99. JS

The cover, featuring a cowboy hat, pencils, and paper flying through the air, riddled by bullets, sums up this rollicking tale nicely. The front page provides a lengthy subtitle that describes the plot: "Some Characters, Adventures, Letters, and Conversations from the Year 1863, Including a Deadly Chase in the Wilderness of the Fearsome Canyon, All as Told by Billy Christmas, Who Was There." Billy, known as "Scrib," is a 16-year-old scribe who travels about the Old West writing and delivering letters for "ill-letterates," as he calls them, including a Paiute Indian who writes to President Lincoln, and a lovesick rancher. He is stalked by an unknown enemy, beaten up, and then accused of thievery and sentenced to hang; luckily, he is saved in the nick of time by the outlaw Crazy James Kincaid.

Like Sid Fleischmann's Jim Ugly, this combines humor with Old West legends and lore to create an entertaining tale. Ives, author of Monsieur Eek as well as off-Broadway plays, has a lot of fun with words (e.g., "mazewell" for "may as well," "ettikat" for "etiquette"; Scrib is described as "born and breaded for words"), and readers from fifth grade or so on up will get a kick out of Scrib's many adventures and his unique way of describing them. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescent and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
COPYRIGHT 2005 Kliatt
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2005, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Publication:Kliatt
Article Type:Young Adult Review
Date:Mar 1, 2005
Words:250
Previous Article:Horowitz, Anthony. Scorpia.
Next Article:Jeapes, Ben. The new world order.
Topics:


Related Articles
Stahler, David Truesight.
Stahler, David, Jr. Truesight.
Bordowitz, Hank, ed. Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley Reader.
Money Basics for Young Adults.
Time Pieces: The Book of Times.
Delacorte/Knopf Press.
Shapiro, David L. Sara's Journey.
MacHale, D.J. The Quillan Games.
Stahler, David, Jr. Doppelganger.
Melling, O.R. The summer king.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters