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Reeve is a contributing writer for the Journal of the American Custom Gunmaker’s Guild .ONE EXTRAORDINARY RIFLE: CHRONICLE OF A FINE CUSTOM GUN is Reeve’s nearly complete chronicle about the making of a one-of-a-kind masterpiece African hunting rifle.
She teaches a memoir writing class, Legacy Writers, through the community college.This YA novel has one of the best starts of any I have read. aloud to students elicits a most powerful reaction.As I read, their eyes grow larger and they lean forward, an indication of their involvement.Agent: Sandra Bishop Reeve Abraben is a nationally recognized custom gunmaker and a member of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild.A graduate of the Colorado School of Trades, a gunsmithing school, he is an avid collector of antiquarian sporting books, and has complied an extensive library of hunting, African hunting, fishing, gun, and shooting books dating back to the 1850’s.Photos and essays detail the building of this collector’s model rifle, valued at over $100,000, which has made its way through the hands of the world’s most renowned artisan gunmakers, and from the walnut orchard in Australia where the wood was harvested for the stock to the checkering cradle in Montana; from the steel mill in Michigan to the engraver’s vise in Arizona — where it now sits waiting for final customization.
The book includes photos by award winning firearms photographer Ron Toews and descriptive narrative from many of the contributing artisans.
(Harper Collins, 2011) OLA Best Bet, Young Adult Fiction, 2012 “Pacing is fast and suspenseful throughout.
Reef and Leeza’s frustrated love story and Reef’s justifiable anger at the manipulative politician Decker are the emotional threads that propel readers through the plot.
(Harper Collins Canada, Fall 2007) Highly Recommended, cm Magazine Shortlist, 2008 White Pine Award, Ontario Library Association “Relayed in first person narrative, Jace reveals himself to be a complex and richly layered character whose attempts to fill in the spaces in his notebook reward him with something more valuable than what he initially expected to find in Mexico- a sense of identity, and resolution.
Immensely powerful, and ranging from comical to heartbreaking, the narration is intimate, detailed and profound, leaving readers with their own spaces to interpret and fill in from Jace’s observations.
His young adult fiction has earned him numerous awards, among them the Canadian Library Association’s Honour Book Award for The Space Between, the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award for The First Stone, Atlantic Canada’s Ann Connor Brimer Award for The First Stone and Of Things Not Seen, and the Canadian Authors Association’s Lilla Stirling Award for Of Things Not Seen and One on One.