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Swear to Howdy by Wendelin Van Draanen
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Jun 20, 12

bookshelves: realistic-fiction, read-alouds, middle-grade
Read from June 19 to 20, 2012

Wendelin Van Draanen has two sons. She should probably thank them for helping her write Swear to Howdy, because I swear to howdy, she totally understands a boy's mind. Frog poop that looks like fried green tomatoes? Shooting cans with a 22? Blood brothers? Yup. No one who has daughters could have written so vividly in guy language.

This skinny book putts along, making you, its unsuspecting reader, chuckle. "What a cute, light read." Until-BAM! You're knocked on your butt.

Swear to Howdy would make a great first read aloud:
-it's skinny and could be forged through in a week and a half, easy
-it's funny and will keep both guys and gals entertained
-it has a depth to it that's surprising

Lots of meat in this one. Highly recommended, I swear to howdy.
(Sorry, I couldn't resist).
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