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The Young Forester

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  98 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Pearl) Zane Grey (1872-1939) was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and pulp fiction that presented an idealized image of the rugged Old West. He became especially interested in the West in 1907, after joining a friend on an expedition to trap mountain lions in Arizona. Grey wrote steadily, but it was only in 1910, and after considerable efforts ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 21st 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 1910)
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C.p. Bialois
The book was given to him when he was a boy so the act made it a extra special book for me. Known mainly for writing westerns, Zane Grey’s The Young Forester is often lost in the shuffle. While it’s often considered a children’s book, The Young Forester follows a young man, Kenneth, in his quest to become a forest ranger.

After gaining his father’s permission to go west to work with a childhood friend, Ken stumbles on a lumbering operation that’s stripping the trees and leaving nothing behind. Th
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Tait Sougstad
Oct 28, 2012 Tait Sougstad rated it really liked it
The Young Forester reads like exciting, fantastic conservation propaganda for teen boys. This may not sound like the opening line of a review that gave the book four-stars ("really liked it"), but I mean well by it. Anyone who has read a few of the classics novels will recognize that this is, by no means, great literature. Nonetheless, anyone who spends any time day-dreaming about spending time in the wilderness will relate to the protagonist, and the frequent exultation of natural beauty is eas ...more
Dan
Jun 16, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it
Just to change things up a bit I read this 100 year old book (original edition!) which came across my path. I don't normally read westerns, but this book had a premise unique to western novels that piqued my interest. The hero is an aspiring young forester promoting sustainable forestry practices (which are still not often followed today) and who plays a role in stopping an illegal logging operation in the West. True to its genre, the novel is highly action-oriented and simplistic, but was a fun ...more
Amanda Pigford
Jul 17, 2015 Amanda Pigford rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, westerns
OKAY FINE. I liked it.
Rk Wild
Howdy Doody Meets the Forest Service, December 15, 2010

This review is from: The Young Forester (Kindle Edition)

Oh, my, how the prolific Mr. Grey could dash out these pulp westerns. This one, published 100 years ago in 1910, is a tidy little morality tale introducing Mr. Grey's contemporaries to the wonders of this new concept: "government forestry."

Here's the plot summary (spoiler alert)(sort of): insanely naive boy has summer free after high school and before college; boy volunteers to be ju
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Tom Kepler
Dec 24, 2014 Tom Kepler rated it liked it
Shelves: western
The Young Forester is one of the most simply constructed plots that I've read of Zane Grey's western romance novels. It has also contains something new, though, that adds to its readability: the protagonist wants to enter a career path new to America--that of the forester, of protecting and nurturing the forests rather than clear-cutting them.

To see the principles of forestry and environmental protection promoted in a western romance first published in 1910 is an education of both how far our cu
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Wes
Feb 14, 2012 Wes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book it is a very fast paced novella/novel. It is a quick read and full of action and adventure. The kindle edition that I read was full of misspellings but it was a free book so I can't complain. If you read it you will see words like beard instead of heard. h and b seemed to keep getting mixed up. The book was fun and exciting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was my first Zane Grey book and I will be reading more of his after this.
Jim
Jun 21, 2013 Jim rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jim by: Previous novels.
I am trying to read all of Zane Grey's novels, but some of them are not very interesting to me. Some are very good, so, I will keep on reading.
Lyn
Nov 13, 2009 Lyn rated it liked it
If my forestry career had started out like this I wouldn't have lasted a day!
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Pearl Zane Grey was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the rugged Old West. As of June 2007, the Internet Movie Database credits Grey with 110 films, one TV episode, and a series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater based loosely on his novels and short stories.
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