True Grit

True Grit

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Pursuing a murderer who has escaped into Indian Territory, U.S. Marshal Rooster J. Cogburn teams up with a bounty-hunting Texas Ranger and Mattie Ross, a cantankerous young lady who is bent on revenge.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2010
Edition: Center Point Large Print ed
ISBN: 9781602859371
Branch Call Number: FICTION PORTIS
Characteristics: 255 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
LPL_KateG Jan 09, 2019

Mattie's adventures have made for great book club discussions. This classic is filled with energy, dry humor, and a healthy dose of sass. If you are interested in trying out a Western, I'd start with this one as well as a contemporary title, 'News of the World' by Paulette Jiles.

Laura_X Oct 16, 2018

Don't like "westerns"? You're missing out! Young Mattie hires a cowboy with "true grit" to help her avenge her father... but no one has as much grit as our young heroine. Fantastic story!

DBRL_KrisA Sep 01, 2018

Unlike the usual, books-to-movies question of "Is the book better than the movie?" I kept getting asked "Which movie is better", as if the book didn't even deserve a seat at the table. For the record, the book, though pretty short, is every bit as good as either of the movies.

May 31, 2018

A book that can be read and re-read. All the characters are smart (even the “dumb” ones), and these characters are lively, coming off the page and filling the imagination. Top notch. Highly recommended. The two movies made from this book are terrific, but the book outdoes them.

May 27, 2018

This classic western novel features Mattie Ross, a sassy and over-confident 14-year-old girl who sets out to seek revenge against the low-life criminal who killed her noble father. This classic book is full of dead-pan humor, and Mattie is an iconic American character, much along the lines of Huckleberry Finn or Scout Finch. But, frankly, the book felt a bit dull and dusty.

DBRL_DanaS May 21, 2018

I am not a reader of westerns, but I picked this one up as it is often said that it has broader appeal to those who don't typically read in the genre. I liked the fact that there was a snarky female narrator but otherwise this just wasn't my cup of tea. I'm sure fans of the western genre would enjoy this.

Apr 22, 2018

I was a bit too familiar with the story of Maggie and Rooster for this to be truly enjoyable, having seen both movie versions. That is, there are no surprises here, as both movies are quite faithful to the book. Mattie is a difficult character to like, and one never can see past her unreasonable conviction in her own rectitude (which is totally in character, by the way, as she's fourteen; I can recall having it all figured out at that age). Rooster is much less a character in the books than the actors who play him make him out to be. He drinks, he was a Confederate, and he's reportedly a great tracker, though not apparently in this account. That's all, really. The story is (now, at least) Western cliché. This is not a bad story, and it has its charms, but it would probably be more revelatory to a younger reader than I.

Feb 13, 2018

This book has a great feel. The voice of the narrator is vivid and brings the whole western atmosphere to life. I personally like the wild west thing so I can't say if it'll be a general reader's cup of tea or not but there's a lot of action, the characters are interesting, and it has style. It's the sort of book you find yourself wanting to read again. I was a bit disappointed with the ending though. It felt a bit abrupt.

Jul 22, 2017

You don't have to love westerns to love this book! The humor is surprising, the characters are entertaining and the action just keeps coming!

Dec 16, 2015

Yeah, I didn't know "True Grit" was a novel either. The basis for the John Wayne film and the Coen Brothers' reboot, "True Grit" (1968) is an overlooked classic from the reclusive, Arkansas-born Charles Portis. Using a classic Western plot (revenge), Portis crafts a book that transcends genre, full of potent, eccentric dialogue, colorful characters and tough action sequences. Walker Percy and Roald Dahl were fans of the novel.

View All Comments


Add a Quote
ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“Rooster said, "Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!" and he took the reins in his teeth and pulled the other saddle revolver and drove his spurs into the flanks of his strong horse Bo and charged directly at the bandits. It was a sight to see. He held the revolvers wide on either side of the head of his plunging steed. The four bandits accepted the challenge and they likewise pulled their arms and charged their ponies ahead.”

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“You can expect that out of Federal people and to make it worse this was a Republican gang that cared nothing for the opinion of the good people of Arkansas who are Democrats.”

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“I will go further and say all cats are wicked, though often useful”

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“That's bold talk for a one-eyed fat man.” Mattie Ross

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

"Men will live like billy goats if they are let alone.” Mattie Ross

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

"I always go backwards when I am backing up.” Rooster Cogburn

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“I know what they said even if they would not say it to my face. People love to talk. They love to slander you if you have any substance.” Mattie Ross

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“There is no knowing what is in a man's heart.”

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“If you want anything done right you will have to see to it yourself every time.” Mattie Ross

SPL_STARR Jun 23, 2015

"People do not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father's blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day."

View All Quotes


Add Age Suitability
Dec 07, 2015

orange_cat_2655 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and under

May 28, 2013

hcbrandley thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Sep 04, 2011

marishkajuko thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Jan 19, 2011

Violet_Dog_46 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 13


Add a Summary
Jan 16, 2011

Everyone knows the plot of this novel, I expect the Coen Brothers movie to be better than this good novel.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SAPL

To Top