Journalist; writer. Born–October 1, 1908, Delphi, Ind. Parents–Charles Barnes and Daisy Lee Lewis Shaffer.  Married–Norton McGiffin, July 6, 1937.  Children–one. Education– De Pauw University, 1927-29; Syracuse University; University of Alabama, B.A., 1931. Worked as reporter for Syracuse Post Standard, 1931-35;  Buffalo Evening News, 1935-37. Freelance writer after 1937; wrote short stories, children’s books, radio scripts.  Received New York Herald Tribune Children’s Spring Book Festival Honor Award, 1956; Texas Institute of Letters Juvenile Award, 1961;  Theta Sigma Phi Awards, 1961, 1963, 1964.  Died  June 7, 1978.


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A Coat for Private Patrick. New York; Dutton, 1964

The Fifer of San Jacinto. New York; Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1956.

High Whistle Charlie. New York; Dutton, 1962.

The Horse Hunters. New York; Dutton, 1963.

The Mustangers. New York; Dutton, 1965.

Pony Soldier. New York; Dutton, 1961.

Rebel Rider. New York; Dutton, 1959.

Ride for Texas. New York; Dutton, 1960.

Riders of Enchanted Valley. New York; Dutton, 1966.

Swords, Stars, and Bars. New York; Dutton, 1958.

Ten Tall Texans. New York; Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1956.

Yankee Doodle Dandies; Eight Generals of the American Revolution. New York; Dutton, 1967.

Yankee of the Yalu; Philo Norton McGiffin, American Captain in the Chinese Navy, 1885-1895. New York; Dutton, 1968.