What an amazing book! I confess that as much as I try to read a book that's been made into a movie before I see a movie, quite often I fail. In this case, I haven't seen the original movie, which stars John Wayne, but I have seen the excellent Coen Brothers version of this book, and I immediately loved the character of Mattie Ross. I can say the book more than lived up to my expectations and only enhanced my love for this character. Highly recommended.