Reporter. 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 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.