Thursday, October 11, 2007

Swear to Howdy by Wendelin Van Draanen

What does it mean to be a good friend? Should you keep a promise no matter what? Those are the big questions in this funny/sad book. Rusty and Joey are best friends. They do lots of "guy" stuff like catching frogs, harassing their older sisters, and shooting at tin cans. Every time they do something they might get in trouble for they "swear to howdy" that they won't tell a soul. Then they hammer fists, punch knuckles, prick their fingers, and mix their blood to seal the pact. Joey is the wild one of the two, but he always means well. Unfortunately he has a father with a drinking problem who is a dangerous man. So when Joey makes mistakes, he really needs Rusty to keep his secrets. This short, funny book takes a big turn at the end that will really make you think.

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