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A vintage and out of print book (copyright 1949), this is a thoroughly enjoyable read for any marble collector!
There was one thing Tip wanted more than anything else - to learn to play marbles well. The story tells not only how he learned to play, but how he became
assistant to a professional magician. Incidentally, that helped with the marbles.
The book is full of fascinating information about marbles, but this is secondary to a fast-moving story with good characterization. I cannot emphasize enough how
much I, a passionate marble collector, enjoyed this story. It really conveys how, once-upon-a-time, a children's world revolved around these beautiful orbs that I
now enjoy collecting so much. I shared Tip's excitement when he found an old cigar box of marbles belonging to his friend the magician - A bear sulphide, an
onionskin, a peppermint swirl, Chinas, Commies and the "Shining Shooter" - a realie agate! Tip goes on to win the tournament and it was as thrilling as if I had
been there myself. If you are passionate about marbles, this book will only serve to make you more so!
It may be any edition or printing I can find (there have been green and blue covers). Book will be used (sometimes a library copy with the usual condition markers:
card pocket in rear, discard stamp in front, etc.) The top and bottom corners may be bumped, and there may be minimal creases or shelf wear, but all pages are present
and the book is in good, readable condition.
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The Shining Shooter - A Story About Marbles (Marion Renick)
I loved this book! !! Worth every penny :) !!!!!!! 1/19/2015
Reviewer: Michael (Yorba Linda, CA.)
Dear Land Of Marbles,
I think 5 Stars does not do "The Shining Shooter" justice! It is a wonderful book. :) I got the Blue Book; it was a Library book so parts of some pages were underlined; (like how to play the games.) I know grown-ups like me who are still kids at heart will love this book; and I'm sure their kids will too. :)I plan to build a box to store it in... with red velvet inside :)and glass in the lid so I can see it. :) :) :) I read it SO FAST!!! the pages and chapters just flew by me. :) I could just not put it down! Oh and by the way it came in like a day or 2; how great is that!!! :) In closing it is a great book well worth a place of honor on your bookshelf or in a special case like I'm planning to make for mine! Enjoy yours and treasure it...
A trip back to your childhood Marbles world 8/7/2012
Reviewer: Terry (, TX)
This is one of the few Marbles centric books I have discovered over the years. If you loved to play Marbles as a child, grew up in the 1950'-60's, or you are fascinated by the childhood culture of bygone days. This is a must have. As I read the book I was transported back to the happier days of my Marbles playing epoch in La Habra, Ca. I could smell the grass, hear the shouts of excited children, and feel the warm southern California sunshine once more.The feel of that real Agate "Shining Shooter" was back. Nothing like it. I have two copies of this book. Get yours!
Love this Story 7/25/2012
Reviewer: Pete Caparelli (Bayside, NY)
I collect any book about marbles, and this is a favorite. As a collector, I really enjoyed reading about the vintage marbles I collect in the context of the every day life of a kid in the mid 20th Century. Thoroughly enjoyable, I reccomend it highly!