Recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best children's mystery, author Wendelin Van Draanen has written several acclaimed children's books. In Swear to Howdy, she crafts the story of two mischievous boys, Joey and Rusty, who share a good friendship and a bunch of secrets. Jeff Woodman's playful narration enhances this colorful story of friendship and trust.
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by David Patneaude
by Paul Zindel
by Robert Cormier
by Wendelin Van Draanen
by Robert Asprin
""I swear to Howdy, if you tell a soul . . . " Joey Banks drawls, eliciting promises of secrecy from his best friend Russell Cooper. "Rusty Boy" readily complies in this story, reminiscent of Robert Newton Peck's tales of boyhood buddies--but with a dark twist. In keeping with his ear for character, Jeff Woodman breathes life into a full cast of characters. Joey is alternately alight with outrageous plans, wild with hyperactive enthusiasm, or desperately pleading in the face of his drunken father's gruff-voiced rage. In contrast, Rusty's no-nonsense father elicits trust and, ultimately, the truth from a son torn between loyalty to his best friend and gut-wrenching guilt over the death of Joey's annoying sister, Amanda Jane. Both humorous and tragic, SWEAR TO HOWDY is a riveting journey. T.B. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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