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Heart of a Shepard
Roseanne Parry
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Heart of a Shepard

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Published 2009 by Random House
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Melissa West
Nov 07, 2016 Melissa West rated it it was amazing
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Heart of a Shepherd is good for intermediate grades. The main character, called brother, is left to take care of the ranch. His dad is called to serve on Iraq for 14 months. He steps up to the job and grows in the process. I like this book as it is well written and can encourage students who are going through the same struggles with being separated from someone significant to them. In a reading classroom setting it would be good to have this in the classroom library or as an option for reading ...more
Feb 19, 2012 L12aliciacarrera rated it it was amazing
Ignatius, who is known as Brother in the story, is an eleven year old boy who is growing up in Oregon on a ranch. His father has been called to serve in Iraq for 14 long months. Ofcourse, Brother does not want his father to leave but as his grandfather has said, your father has took "a vow when he put on that uniform. A promise is a binding thing. Brother, before the law and God too." Brother isn't certain that he is up to the task of caring for the ranch, but he is left with no other choice ...more
Jun 27, 2010 Ariel rated it really liked it
At the Simmons Summer Symposium (2009) Vicky Smith (of Kirkus) called Heart of a Shepherd the best book of the year, and I've wanted to read it ever since (who wouldn't?).
Brother lives in a rural, Christian, patriotic, ranching community. I appreciated the window into a world I've never lived in, and don't know much about.
I definitely cried at the end. It finished strong.
It reminded me of a contemporary, boy-centered Calpurnia Tate. Both Calpurnia and Brother are middle grade kids, growing up
Oct 21, 2012 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This book was a wonderful surprise. The thing I love most about this book is that it does not feel like a young adult book. While the main character is in the 6th grade he faces adult problems so that the book is appealing to youth and adults alike. Parry remarkably blends many different themes into a cohesive and heartwarming coming of age story. The book incorporates single-parenthood, war, religion, family, death and ranching all into a brilliantly told story. The book has a uniquely rustic ...more
Jan 08, 2011 Jerilyn rated it really liked it
Such a quiet little Middle Grade story, but I loved the characters in it. I loved the struggle that was too big for the main character to keep up with their sheep farm while his dad is deployed to Iraq and his grandparents are getting older, and how he handles it if not with grace, with a lot of grit and gusto. I loved how religion and sheep herding are interwoven into the tale in an effortless yet pertinent way that isn't overbearing. If you can get your hands on the book I highly recommend it, ...more
Aug 11, 2010 Miste rated it really liked it
Very sweet coming of age book about a young, teenage boy in eastern Oregon who has to look after things when his dad is called up for the Iraq war. Very tender story and realistic depiction of how hard life on the farm is, how deeply spiritual people can be and how small communities come together. It resonated with me but perhaps that's because it was close to home with small town/ranch thing. From the middle school reading list where I work
Oct 14, 2012 Staciel rated it liked it

I finished this book over 6 weeks ago, and I am still thinking about it off and on... while I don't know many children who would enjoy it, as an adult I did-- I think that the father's talks to 'Brother' about bravery and duty were wonderful, and they have stuck with me... I think that any military family should have this on their shelf.
Sep 24, 2013 Jamie rated it liked it
Not a bad little novel. The setting felt authentic, the characters home-grown. I liked that it wove together the war in Iraq, ranching life, and religious faith (Catholic and Quaker). There are lots of obvious moments of foreshadowing, but that's probably a good thing for kiddos who are getting used to recognizing foreshadowing.
May 26, 2013 Jodie rated it really liked it
A boy is left in charge of the family farm while his brothers are away at school and his dad is serving overseas. His grandparents are there and they both work very hard, but he is determined to not cause worry for any of his family. He learns about himself during this time.
Juanita Baltz
Nov 24, 2011 Juanita Baltz rated it it was amazing
I have read this six times but not wth out deep heart felt tears. It includes patriotism, family loyalty, community life and some how finding the starting point of your life path. Keep track of each person that tells the young boy "you have the heart of a shepard".
Jan 03, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it
i think this book is great. i recommend this book to everybody who likes the old wild west. this book ends sad.
Susan Coley
Jan 15, 2012 Susan Coley rated it really liked it
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A sweet book for fifth and sixth graders. Kid is left behind at family sheep ranch with grandparents while dad goes to middle east as soldier. This is one I'd like to read to my class.
Sep 10, 2013 Landry rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting. It's about a father going to war and a son taking care of his family. It is a good book.
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