Heart of a Shepherd

Heart of a Shepherd

When Brother's dad is shipped off to Iraq, along with the rest of his reserve unit, Brother must help his grandparents keep the ranch going. He?s determined to maintain it just as his father left it, in the hope that doing so will ensure his father?s safe return. The hardships Brother faces will not only change the ranch, but also reveal his true calling....

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Title:Heart of a Shepherd
Author:Rosanne Parry
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Genres:Childrens
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:176 pages pages

Heart of a Shepherd Reviews

  • Jeanne
    Sep 25, 2010

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

  • Susan
    Apr 21, 2009

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

  • Abby Johnson
    Oct 19, 2009

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

  • Lindi
    Jul 07, 2011

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

    Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother's dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. A...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Perry When I was in college, guys in my class were called up to go fight in Desert Storm. Right in the middle of the semester these guys had to quit going to school and go to war. I was really freaked out by that because they were my classmates and some...

    "We were blown away by Heart of a Shepherd! It is so beautiful and heart wrenching!" This was part of an email I got from a mother who attends our Family Book Club with her daughter. Indeed, it's one of those books that will get you emotional. Right off the bat, I was sucked into th...

    Ignatius, called Brother since he's the youngest of 5 brothers, wonders what his place will be in the world. All the boys in his family go into the military out of college and then presumably into ranching. In college they major in subjects which will be useful in the Army. Brother's m...

    In present-day rural Oregon, 11-year-old Ignatius ?Brother? Alderman is forced to face the world when his divorced father is deployed to Iraq. Alone with only his grandparents and a hired hand, Brother must take charge of the ranch, keeping the promise he made to his father: the r...

    This book is a gem that took me completely by surprise. "Brother" is the youngest of five sons of an Oregon rancher, an Army reservist who is sent to fight in Iraq. His older brothers must all leave the ranch, too; one is a soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, two are in college, a...

    I loved this quiet, powerful story. I loved that the characters are ones you don't often see in contemporary fiction: Brother is the youngest of 4 or 5 boys; he lives with his dad and grandparents on a ranch in eastern Oregon. All of his brothers are either in the military or will be e...

  • Jess
    Jan 01, 2010

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

  • Becky
    Apr 03, 2011

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

    Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother's dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. A...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Perry When I was in college, guys in my class were called up to go fight in Desert Storm. Right in the middle of the semester these guys had to quit going to school and go to war. I was really freaked out by that because they were my classmates and some...

    "We were blown away by Heart of a Shepherd! It is so beautiful and heart wrenching!" This was part of an email I got from a mother who attends our Family Book Club with her daughter. Indeed, it's one of those books that will get you emotional. Right off the bat, I was sucked into th...

    Ignatius, called Brother since he's the youngest of 5 brothers, wonders what his place will be in the world. All the boys in his family go into the military out of college and then presumably into ranching. In college they major in subjects which will be useful in the Army. Brother's m...

    In present-day rural Oregon, 11-year-old Ignatius ?Brother? Alderman is forced to face the world when his divorced father is deployed to Iraq. Alone with only his grandparents and a hired hand, Brother must take charge of the ranch, keeping the promise he made to his father: the r...

    This book is a gem that took me completely by surprise. "Brother" is the youngest of five sons of an Oregon rancher, an Army reservist who is sent to fight in Iraq. His older brothers must all leave the ranch, too; one is a soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, two are in college, a...

    I loved this quiet, powerful story. I loved that the characters are ones you don't often see in contemporary fiction: Brother is the youngest of 4 or 5 boys; he lives with his dad and grandparents on a ranch in eastern Oregon. All of his brothers are either in the military or will be e...

    I'm putting this on my living "history" book list because I think it's good to help kids learn about some different things and maybe interest them to research more on these topics: war with Iraq, military families, raising sheep, wild fires in Oregon, and catholic and Quaker religions ...

    3 1/2 stars. A debut novel. A 2012 Rebecca Caudill nominee. When his father's army reserve unit ships off to Iraq, 12-year-old Brother is left to mind the family's Oregon ranch with his grandfather, grandmother and an itinerant farmhand. The responsibility of helping to keep the ran...

  • Cindy Hudson
    Jan 08, 2010

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

  • Jamie
    Mar 27, 2009

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    Apr 16, 2009

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

  • Lisa Ard
    Jul 29, 2011

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

    Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother's dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. A...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Perry When I was in college, guys in my class were called up to go fight in Desert Storm. Right in the middle of the semester these guys had to quit going to school and go to war. I was really freaked out by that because they were my classmates and some...

    "We were blown away by Heart of a Shepherd! It is so beautiful and heart wrenching!" This was part of an email I got from a mother who attends our Family Book Club with her daughter. Indeed, it's one of those books that will get you emotional. Right off the bat, I was sucked into th...

    Ignatius, called Brother since he's the youngest of 5 brothers, wonders what his place will be in the world. All the boys in his family go into the military out of college and then presumably into ranching. In college they major in subjects which will be useful in the Army. Brother's m...

    In present-day rural Oregon, 11-year-old Ignatius ?Brother? Alderman is forced to face the world when his divorced father is deployed to Iraq. Alone with only his grandparents and a hired hand, Brother must take charge of the ranch, keeping the promise he made to his father: the r...

    This book is a gem that took me completely by surprise. "Brother" is the youngest of five sons of an Oregon rancher, an Army reservist who is sent to fight in Iraq. His older brothers must all leave the ranch, too; one is a soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, two are in college, a...

    I loved this quiet, powerful story. I loved that the characters are ones you don't often see in contemporary fiction: Brother is the youngest of 4 or 5 boys; he lives with his dad and grandparents on a ranch in eastern Oregon. All of his brothers are either in the military or will be e...

    I'm putting this on my living "history" book list because I think it's good to help kids learn about some different things and maybe interest them to research more on these topics: war with Iraq, military families, raising sheep, wild fires in Oregon, and catholic and Quaker religions ...

    3 1/2 stars. A debut novel. A 2012 Rebecca Caudill nominee. When his father's army reserve unit ships off to Iraq, 12-year-old Brother is left to mind the family's Oregon ranch with his grandfather, grandmother and an itinerant farmhand. The responsibility of helping to keep the ran...

    Well-written account of a 12-year old boy, nicknamed "Brother," living in Oregon and learning to be a rancher; when Dad and his National Guard unit are called up to go to Iraq, the boy and his grandparents take over running the homestead. I loved the scenes that took place at the schoo...

    I started Rosanne Parry's book Heart of a Shepherd at 9:30pm and didn't go to sleep until I'd finished it that same night. This is a heartwarming coming-of-age story about Ignatius, a pre-teen boy facing the biggest challenge of his life. His father is called up to serve in Iraq and hi...

  • Christina
    Jan 17, 2010

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

    Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother's dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. A...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Perry When I was in college, guys in my class were called up to go fight in Desert Storm. Right in the middle of the semester these guys had to quit going to school and go to war. I was really freaked out by that because they were my classmates and some...

    "We were blown away by Heart of a Shepherd! It is so beautiful and heart wrenching!" This was part of an email I got from a mother who attends our Family Book Club with her daughter. Indeed, it's one of those books that will get you emotional. Right off the bat, I was sucked into th...

    Ignatius, called Brother since he's the youngest of 5 brothers, wonders what his place will be in the world. All the boys in his family go into the military out of college and then presumably into ranching. In college they major in subjects which will be useful in the Army. Brother's m...

    In present-day rural Oregon, 11-year-old Ignatius ?Brother? Alderman is forced to face the world when his divorced father is deployed to Iraq. Alone with only his grandparents and a hired hand, Brother must take charge of the ranch, keeping the promise he made to his father: the r...

    This book is a gem that took me completely by surprise. "Brother" is the youngest of five sons of an Oregon rancher, an Army reservist who is sent to fight in Iraq. His older brothers must all leave the ranch, too; one is a soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, two are in college, a...

  • Lana Krumwiede
    Sep 03, 2009

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

  • CuriousLibrarian
    Jan 11, 2010

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

  • Mary Ann
    May 03, 2009

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

  • H
    Jan 31, 2011

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

  • Josiah
    Feb 26, 2010

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

  • Kathy
    Feb 24, 2009

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

  • The Reading Countess
    Dec 26, 2009

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

  • Anne Osterlund
    Oct 21, 2014

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

    Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother's dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. A...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Perry When I was in college, guys in my class were called up to go fight in Desert Storm. Right in the middle of the semester these guys had to quit going to school and go to war. I was really freaked out by that because they were my classmates and some...

    "We were blown away by Heart of a Shepherd! It is so beautiful and heart wrenching!" This was part of an email I got from a mother who attends our Family Book Club with her daughter. Indeed, it's one of those books that will get you emotional. Right off the bat, I was sucked into th...

    Ignatius, called Brother since he's the youngest of 5 brothers, wonders what his place will be in the world. All the boys in his family go into the military out of college and then presumably into ranching. In college they major in subjects which will be useful in the Army. Brother's m...

    In present-day rural Oregon, 11-year-old Ignatius ?Brother? Alderman is forced to face the world when his divorced father is deployed to Iraq. Alone with only his grandparents and a hired hand, Brother must take charge of the ranch, keeping the promise he made to his father: the r...

    This book is a gem that took me completely by surprise. "Brother" is the youngest of five sons of an Oregon rancher, an Army reservist who is sent to fight in Iraq. His older brothers must all leave the ranch, too; one is a soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, two are in college, a...

    I loved this quiet, powerful story. I loved that the characters are ones you don't often see in contemporary fiction: Brother is the youngest of 4 or 5 boys; he lives with his dad and grandparents on a ranch in eastern Oregon. All of his brothers are either in the military or will be e...

    I'm putting this on my living "history" book list because I think it's good to help kids learn about some different things and maybe interest them to research more on these topics: war with Iraq, military families, raising sheep, wild fires in Oregon, and catholic and Quaker religions ...

    3 1/2 stars. A debut novel. A 2012 Rebecca Caudill nominee. When his father's army reserve unit ships off to Iraq, 12-year-old Brother is left to mind the family's Oregon ranch with his grandfather, grandmother and an itinerant farmhand. The responsibility of helping to keep the ran...

    Well-written account of a 12-year old boy, nicknamed "Brother," living in Oregon and learning to be a rancher; when Dad and his National Guard unit are called up to go to Iraq, the boy and his grandparents take over running the homestead. I loved the scenes that took place at the schoo...

    I started Rosanne Parry's book Heart of a Shepherd at 9:30pm and didn't go to sleep until I'd finished it that same night. This is a heartwarming coming-of-age story about Ignatius, a pre-teen boy facing the biggest challenge of his life. His father is called up to serve in Iraq and hi...

    2-17-10 I just finished reading Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry. If you have not already read this book you must stop immediately whatever you are doing, buy a copy ? buy several; you?ll be glad you did ? and read it. It is the most poignant, touching, frightening, strong, ...

    Brother doesn?t know where he belongs. In the operation that is his Grandpa?s cattle ranch. Or his grandmother?s Catholic faith. Or the family?s military legacy that has shipped his father to Iraq. Nothing stays the same. Not even in a rural community with a two-room schoolh...

  • Emily
    May 10, 2011

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

  • Leslie
    Nov 26, 2012

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

    Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother's dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. A...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Perry When I was in college, guys in my class were called up to go fight in Desert Storm. Right in the middle of the semester these guys had to quit going to school and go to war. I was really freaked out by that because they were my classmates and some...

    "We were blown away by Heart of a Shepherd! It is so beautiful and heart wrenching!" This was part of an email I got from a mother who attends our Family Book Club with her daughter. Indeed, it's one of those books that will get you emotional. Right off the bat, I was sucked into th...

    Ignatius, called Brother since he's the youngest of 5 brothers, wonders what his place will be in the world. All the boys in his family go into the military out of college and then presumably into ranching. In college they major in subjects which will be useful in the Army. Brother's m...

    In present-day rural Oregon, 11-year-old Ignatius ?Brother? Alderman is forced to face the world when his divorced father is deployed to Iraq. Alone with only his grandparents and a hired hand, Brother must take charge of the ranch, keeping the promise he made to his father: the r...

    This book is a gem that took me completely by surprise. "Brother" is the youngest of five sons of an Oregon rancher, an Army reservist who is sent to fight in Iraq. His older brothers must all leave the ranch, too; one is a soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, two are in college, a...

    I loved this quiet, powerful story. I loved that the characters are ones you don't often see in contemporary fiction: Brother is the youngest of 4 or 5 boys; he lives with his dad and grandparents on a ranch in eastern Oregon. All of his brothers are either in the military or will be e...

    I'm putting this on my living "history" book list because I think it's good to help kids learn about some different things and maybe interest them to research more on these topics: war with Iraq, military families, raising sheep, wild fires in Oregon, and catholic and Quaker religions ...

  • Beth Nieman
    Feb 12, 2011

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

    Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother's dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. A...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Perry When I was in college, guys in my class were called up to go fight in Desert Storm. Right in the middle of the semester these guys had to quit going to school and go to war. I was really freaked out by that because they were my classmates and some...

    "We were blown away by Heart of a Shepherd! It is so beautiful and heart wrenching!" This was part of an email I got from a mother who attends our Family Book Club with her daughter. Indeed, it's one of those books that will get you emotional. Right off the bat, I was sucked into th...

    Ignatius, called Brother since he's the youngest of 5 brothers, wonders what his place will be in the world. All the boys in his family go into the military out of college and then presumably into ranching. In college they major in subjects which will be useful in the Army. Brother's m...

    In present-day rural Oregon, 11-year-old Ignatius ?Brother? Alderman is forced to face the world when his divorced father is deployed to Iraq. Alone with only his grandparents and a hired hand, Brother must take charge of the ranch, keeping the promise he made to his father: the r...

    This book is a gem that took me completely by surprise. "Brother" is the youngest of five sons of an Oregon rancher, an Army reservist who is sent to fight in Iraq. His older brothers must all leave the ranch, too; one is a soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, two are in college, a...

    I loved this quiet, powerful story. I loved that the characters are ones you don't often see in contemporary fiction: Brother is the youngest of 4 or 5 boys; he lives with his dad and grandparents on a ranch in eastern Oregon. All of his brothers are either in the military or will be e...

    I'm putting this on my living "history" book list because I think it's good to help kids learn about some different things and maybe interest them to research more on these topics: war with Iraq, military families, raising sheep, wild fires in Oregon, and catholic and Quaker religions ...

    3 1/2 stars. A debut novel. A 2012 Rebecca Caudill nominee. When his father's army reserve unit ships off to Iraq, 12-year-old Brother is left to mind the family's Oregon ranch with his grandfather, grandmother and an itinerant farmhand. The responsibility of helping to keep the ran...

    Well-written account of a 12-year old boy, nicknamed "Brother," living in Oregon and learning to be a rancher; when Dad and his National Guard unit are called up to go to Iraq, the boy and his grandparents take over running the homestead. I loved the scenes that took place at the schoo...

  • Belinda
    Feb 17, 2010

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

    Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother's dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. A...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Perry When I was in college, guys in my class were called up to go fight in Desert Storm. Right in the middle of the semester these guys had to quit going to school and go to war. I was really freaked out by that because they were my classmates and some...

    "We were blown away by Heart of a Shepherd! It is so beautiful and heart wrenching!" This was part of an email I got from a mother who attends our Family Book Club with her daughter. Indeed, it's one of those books that will get you emotional. Right off the bat, I was sucked into th...

    Ignatius, called Brother since he's the youngest of 5 brothers, wonders what his place will be in the world. All the boys in his family go into the military out of college and then presumably into ranching. In college they major in subjects which will be useful in the Army. Brother's m...

    In present-day rural Oregon, 11-year-old Ignatius ?Brother? Alderman is forced to face the world when his divorced father is deployed to Iraq. Alone with only his grandparents and a hired hand, Brother must take charge of the ranch, keeping the promise he made to his father: the r...

    This book is a gem that took me completely by surprise. "Brother" is the youngest of five sons of an Oregon rancher, an Army reservist who is sent to fight in Iraq. His older brothers must all leave the ranch, too; one is a soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, two are in college, a...

    I loved this quiet, powerful story. I loved that the characters are ones you don't often see in contemporary fiction: Brother is the youngest of 4 or 5 boys; he lives with his dad and grandparents on a ranch in eastern Oregon. All of his brothers are either in the military or will be e...

    I'm putting this on my living "history" book list because I think it's good to help kids learn about some different things and maybe interest them to research more on these topics: war with Iraq, military families, raising sheep, wild fires in Oregon, and catholic and Quaker religions ...

    3 1/2 stars. A debut novel. A 2012 Rebecca Caudill nominee. When his father's army reserve unit ships off to Iraq, 12-year-old Brother is left to mind the family's Oregon ranch with his grandfather, grandmother and an itinerant farmhand. The responsibility of helping to keep the ran...

    Well-written account of a 12-year old boy, nicknamed "Brother," living in Oregon and learning to be a rancher; when Dad and his National Guard unit are called up to go to Iraq, the boy and his grandparents take over running the homestead. I loved the scenes that took place at the schoo...

    I started Rosanne Parry's book Heart of a Shepherd at 9:30pm and didn't go to sleep until I'd finished it that same night. This is a heartwarming coming-of-age story about Ignatius, a pre-teen boy facing the biggest challenge of his life. His father is called up to serve in Iraq and hi...

    2-17-10 I just finished reading Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry. If you have not already read this book you must stop immediately whatever you are doing, buy a copy ? buy several; you?ll be glad you did ? and read it. It is the most poignant, touching, frightening, strong, ...

  • M.
    Mar 22, 2011

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

    Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother's dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. A...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Perry When I was in college, guys in my class were called up to go fight in Desert Storm. Right in the middle of the semester these guys had to quit going to school and go to war. I was really freaked out by that because they were my classmates and some...

    "We were blown away by Heart of a Shepherd! It is so beautiful and heart wrenching!" This was part of an email I got from a mother who attends our Family Book Club with her daughter. Indeed, it's one of those books that will get you emotional. Right off the bat, I was sucked into th...

    Ignatius, called Brother since he's the youngest of 5 brothers, wonders what his place will be in the world. All the boys in his family go into the military out of college and then presumably into ranching. In college they major in subjects which will be useful in the Army. Brother's m...

  • Chase
    Nov 19, 2010

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

    Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother's dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. A...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Perry When I was in college, guys in my class were called up to go fight in Desert Storm. Right in the middle of the semester these guys had to quit going to school and go to war. I was really freaked out by that because they were my classmates and some...

    "We were blown away by Heart of a Shepherd! It is so beautiful and heart wrenching!" This was part of an email I got from a mother who attends our Family Book Club with her daughter. Indeed, it's one of those books that will get you emotional. Right off the bat, I was sucked into th...

    Ignatius, called Brother since he's the youngest of 5 brothers, wonders what his place will be in the world. All the boys in his family go into the military out of college and then presumably into ranching. In college they major in subjects which will be useful in the Army. Brother's m...

    In present-day rural Oregon, 11-year-old Ignatius ?Brother? Alderman is forced to face the world when his divorced father is deployed to Iraq. Alone with only his grandparents and a hired hand, Brother must take charge of the ranch, keeping the promise he made to his father: the r...

  • Teresa
    Jan 05, 2011

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

  • Angie
    Mar 31, 2011

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

    Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother's dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. A...

  • Maricor
    Mar 03, 2011

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

  • Erin Forson
    Nov 29, 2011

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

    Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother's dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. A...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Perry When I was in college, guys in my class were called up to go fight in Desert Storm. Right in the middle of the semester these guys had to quit going to school and go to war. I was really freaked out by that because they were my classmates and some...

  • Earl
    Nov 20, 2014

    With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Oregon ranch going, while coming to realize what he really wants to do with his life. Wonderfully moving story of a sensitive kid trying to...

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com HEART OF A SHEPHERD is a beautiful book by first-time author Rosanne Parry. It draws the reader right into life on an Oregon ranch and into the life of a spiritual family dedicated to the land, their country, and one a...

    I'm stubbornly giving this a 4th star, though I'm not sure how many kids will be attracted to or like this quiet tale of a 12 year old boy growing up on a modern day ranch in Oregon. Ignatius (called "Brother" by one and all) is the youngest of 5 motherless boys who live with their fat...

    This is a quiet, sensitive book about a 12-year old boy who takes on some new responsibilities when his father is shipped off to Iraq. It has a strong sense of family and a VERY strong sense of place. It also does a great job of talking about spirituality in a very "un-didactic" w...

    Ignatius (everyone calls him "Brother") is the youngest of five boys and the only one left at home when his dad is called to fight in Iraq. He must help his grandfather keep up the ranch - tough work for any kid, but especially for Brother who has never felt called to the ranching life...

    A book like this, quiet and deep, is a rare find these days when so many books are fast-lane action all the way. Now I love a good thriller as much as anyone else, but books like "Heart of a Shepherd" are of equal merit. The sense of place is strong and real. I love the way the mai...

    Wonderful story about a young boy whose brothers and father must leave their ranch in Idaho to go to school and to war. Left with his grandparents and a hired hand, the boy called Brother feels the responsibility of the ranch but doesn't know if he'll be able to handle it all. Told ...

    Lovely and lyrical. A refreshing break from school bullies and fantasy, this is a tale of a 12 yr old left to help his aging Grandparents keep the family ranch running while his father is shipped to Iraq and his brothers (he has 4) are away at school. Brother loves the ranch and feels ...

    Within the first several years after the beginning of the second U.S. war in Iraq, novels for readers of all ages began to emerge that featured themes related to the war. In my view, Rosanne Parry's Heart of a Shepherd is one of the best and most insightful of these books. Right ...

    An absolutely beautiful book. Eleven-year-old Ignatius (called Brother) is the youngest of 5 brothers and the only one at home on their rural Oregon ranch with his grandparents when his father is called to Iraq. The four older brothers are either away at school or in the Army themselve...

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment to think about the families who have sent fathers, sons and brothers to fight in war. The Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, tells the story of an twelve-year old boy whose father is sent to fight in Iraq with the rest of his ...

    Loved the picture of this boy's life in rural Oregon, and the hardships he faces as his dad goes off to Iraq with the Reserves. His older brothers are gone, too; one's in the service and 2 are at boarding high school--the local school is only two rooms, K-8. Brother (his real name is I...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009) Contemporary Fiction, 176 pages Taking care of an entire farm is tough work, but for sixth grader Brother, the pressure is on as the only remaining son to help his grandparents run their Oregon ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq and...

    It's rare that I read a book and think, "This book could win the Newbery." But this was definitely one of those books. When the publisher's box came, I set this one aside to read. It called to me in some way. But I kept putting off reading it. It is not my thing at all - ranchers, m...

    Eleven-year-old Ignatius is the youngest of five sons, which is why everyone just calls him Brother. Growing up on a ranch in slightly populated Malhuer County, Oregon, Brother feels he has always been overshadowed by his older more capable brothers, who have always been around to do t...

    A slim but moving story about a rural family of ranchers and soldiers who are spiritually inclined - doesn't exactly sound exciting, does it? But for readers who like stories with great characters and vivid settings, this is a treat. It's also not a dull, actionless story. Sure, a big ...

    This book was recommended to me by a friend/author, and so the bar was set high when I received it in the mail. I was not disappointed. I have read a few books about kids whose parents are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (trying to seize the moment of TIMELINESS, I suppose). However, t...

    Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother's dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. A...

    Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Perry When I was in college, guys in my class were called up to go fight in Desert Storm. Right in the middle of the semester these guys had to quit going to school and go to war. I was really freaked out by that because they were my classmates and some...

    "We were blown away by Heart of a Shepherd! It is so beautiful and heart wrenching!" This was part of an email I got from a mother who attends our Family Book Club with her daughter. Indeed, it's one of those books that will get you emotional. Right off the bat, I was sucked into th...