Swear to Howdy by Wendelin Van Draanen

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Joey Banks is a walking adventure. He’s funny, daring, mischievous—and frequently in trouble. Or he would be if anyone found out about half the stuff he’s done. But Rusty Cooper knows how to keep a secret. And Joey’s the best friend he’s ever had. But then comes a secret that is at once too terrible to tell and too terrible to keep. A secret so big it threatens to eat them alive. What would a true friend do now?

Wendelin Van Draanen has written her most compelling, richly layered book yet. It’s a thought-provoking look at the boundaries of friendship and what it really means to be true.

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About Wendelin Van Draanen

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WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN was a teacher for many years before turning to writing full-time. Her first Sammy Keyes mystery, Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award. She lives in Central California with her husband and two sons.
Published December 18, 2008 by Yearling. 144 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"This trenchant tale introduces two best friends who are constantly making pacts," wrote PW .

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For example, Joey is swimming as he teaches Rusty how to "make righteous farts" on command, a fish grabs onto Joey's "privates," and Joey avenges himself by frying the fish "to a crisp" and eating it.

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But when a tragic accident occurs, Rusty realizes that friendship, loyalty and secrecy are not always bound together, and that telling what appears to be a harmful secret might sometimes be beneficial in the end.

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