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By Wendelin Van Draanen | Comments: ( 762 ) | Date: ( May 27, 2020 )

A funny friendship turns serious in this haunting book about secrets, lies, and what it means to be a true friend 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 Luckily, Rusty Cooper knows how to keep a secret Joey is the best friend Rusty s ever had, and hA funny friendship turns serious in this haunting book about secrets, lies, and what it means to be a true friend 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 Luckily, Rusty Cooper knows how to keep a secret Joey is the best friend Rusty s ever had, and he s not going to mess with that 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 a richly layered book that offers a thought provoking look at the boundaries of friendship and what it really means to be true Triumph and tragedy mix in a compelling country tale of boys being boys Kirkus Reviews A poignant, thought provoking novel that will strike a chord with young readers hooked by the boyish antics of the early chapters, later to be emotionally drawn to the honest portrayal of characters struggling with the consequences that follow every action Midwest Book Review


  • Title: Swear to Howdy
  • Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
  • ISBN: 9780440419433
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Wendelin Van Draanen

Wendelin Van Draanen has written than thirty novels for young readers and teens She is the author of the 18 book Edgar winning Sammy Keyes series, and wrote Flipped which was named a Top 100 Children s Novel for the 21st Century by SLJ, and became a Warner Brothers feature film with Rob Reiner directing Her novel The Running Dream was awarded ALA s Schneider Family Award for its portrayal of the disability experience.Van Draanen is also the author of two short chapter book series The Gecko Sticky books, are fun read alouds, perfect for reluctant readers, and the Shredderman books featuring a boy who deals with a bully received the Christopher Award for affirming the highest values of the human spirit and became a Nickelodeon made for TV movie.Van Draanen was a classroom teacher for fifteen years She and her husband reside in California and have two sons.



Comments Swear to Howdy

  • Alejandro Saavedra

    Swear to Howdy by,Wendilin Van Draanen is a very well told novel about to friends that let practical jokes just go a little too far. Every time they do something that nobody is supposed to know about they, “Swear to Howdy” to not tell a soul and when a prank goes just a little too far they end up with something lingering on their conscience. I think that Wendilin Van Draanen does a GREAT job at making the reader want to read more. I personally liked the fact that Russell, In search of a frie [...]


  • Mark

    From time to time my brother, a seventh-grade language arts teacher, passes books on to me. His choices are usually good, but SWEAR TO HOWDY is a little masterpiece. Van Draanen spins a charming story about two young boys, Joey and Rusty, and their small-town adventures chasing huge frogs, shooting cans, and tormenting their older sisters are pure TOM SAWYER. You can almost taste the long summer days. But about two thirds of the way through this breezy tale the book takes an incredible 90-degree [...]


  • smalls

    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? This was a good book. Lots of laughs, but definately some serious stuff an [...]


  • Austin Williams

    A very interesting book from the start to the very end. You start to see the boys develop almost a brotherhood of how they trust each other more and more throughout the book; and Russel shows great character whenever he doesn't tell the stunts that he and Rusty have pulled off to the siblings or parents of either boy. This is a great story that redefines what a true friend is. What is a true friend to you?


  • Janjohn

    So far I've read sixty-four novels this 2011, and, for the first time this year, tears spilled from my eyes after reading. Wendelin Van Draanen's Swear to Howdy did make me cry!I SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER LIKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD


  • Abby

    My class really enjoyed this story for read-aloud. Their attention was captured from the first chapter! It really tied into our "Celebrate life" week at school. While the ending is very sad and gets "real" fast, it is still a funny, entertaining, and worthy read for any class.


  • Literary Strawberry

    First read: June, 2014Second read: August, 2015


  • Sandy Stiles

    A rollicking read that packed a surprising wallop. I will be recommending this one for sure to teachers and students!


  • Storie

    *****Spoiler Alert***** The book ,”Swear to Howdy” has many events taken place. Both good and bad. The author Wendelin Van Draanen is a very talented author. The story really was about the power of friendship and how your friends will always be there for you. Wendelin shows the readers how the friendship between Joey and Russell is very important to the story. If anything happens they are there for each other even if they know it’s wrong. Wendelin sends a message to her readers by showing [...]


  • Michelle

    Read with a student in school. About two boys who have to keep making pacts because they pull pranks. Really fun book for about 80% and then one prank goes very badly. I couldn't believe how the book turned around at the end. Realistic fiction, felt like it was set in the 50s or so. Good but sad.


  • Claydel Jacquilane Patron

    Swear to Howdy is an absolute gem not just for children, but for everyone. As this is the second book of Wendelin Van Draanen's that I have read, once again she shows that the simple little things matter. A book for friends and for the family too. Awesome for light reading.


  • Momruns5

    A really good story for middle grade readers and adults alike about being a friend and when to cross a line of trust to be a true friend.


  • Brenda Kahn

    Decided to reread this old favorite and found it to be as powerful this time around as the first. It was also my 100th book of summer vacation. It's back to school tomorrow!


  • Rebecca

    This book shows how easy a simple seemingly simple act can turn into a life-changing situation.


  • Kevin Comfort

    Great humor in this book! Loved reading it for a second time. No regrets.


  • 711Max

    very entertaining to read. very quick


  • Jose

    I liked this book because It was interesting Joey Banks and Rusty Cooper were best friends that always got into trouble together. They have always lied for each other and did a lot of things that they were never supposed to do. They would always do a promise handshake when they would do something they should never do.


  • Audrey C

    Never will I love a book more than I love this one. I read this book back when I was in elementary school, and it was a textbook example of the right book at the right time. This book is a little unknown masterpiece that I will forever adore, it's simply delightful. Even now I still love reading it, it's the perfect mix of hilarity and tragedy, and the most honest coming of age novel of it's kind. Main character Rusty Cooper's narration is flawless, and the book's gradual transition from childho [...]


  • Sebastian

    Taking it too far. Sometimes a joke goes too far, and someone gets hurt. Sometimes a prank doesn't work quite right, and someone gets hurt. When you are doing something you have to be aware of the consequences. People can get hurt, without you meaning to hurt them, you shouldn't do things that are risky, illegal or dangerous that involve other people. Because when someone gets killed, your tight.In the book, Swear To Howdy by, Wendelin Van Draanen The two main characters, Joey and Rusty are best [...]


  • Yael Sanchez

    Have you ever thought about what you would do with all the secrets you've kept from your parents??? Swear to Howdy is realistic fiction. I really enjoyed reading this book because I feel that it realky stood out to me. ***SPOILER ALERT *** Swear to Howdy is about two kids named Joey Banks and Russel Cooper who are constantly making things go bad but always "swear to howdy " that they wont tell anyone about what had happened. They both live in a farmlike land next to a little river. They both bec [...]


  • Mary

    This book could have been written about many of the young men who attend our school. We have many students with a great sense of humor. Sometimes that sense of humor gets them into trouble. Joey is a prankster. He is constantly dreaming up practiacal jokes and schemes. Rusty on the other hand is a bit more reserved but goes along with Joey’s ideas (when he gets over the shock of them.) Rusty and Joey keep the truth of their adventures secret with a handshake and a “swear to howdy” promise. [...]


  • Teresa

    Gritty novel, great for discussion for older kids. Two 12-yr-old boys have all kinds of rowdy adventures--Rusty meets Joey; Joey's family is not as involved, shall we say, with his upbringing as Rusty's parents are. The boys swim, fart, catch frogs, put bugs in their mutual teen sisters' sodas, and generally cut up. After Rusty's dad tests him to be sure that Joey has explained gun safety properly, his parents even let him help Joey shoot the squirrels that plague Joey's dad. (Rusty feels sick a [...]


  • Tasha

    In the book Swear to Howdy, Rusty has just moved to Lost River. In search of a friend, he begins spending time with the neighbor boy his age, Joey. They become best friends and are always in search of the next mischievous activity. You join Rusty and Joey on their adventures of teasing their sisters and stirring up trouble. Most of it is harmless, until one day it goes terribly wrong. Swear to Howdy was a cute book for me to read. Despite it being target towards younger aged kids, I could still [...]


  • Sydney

    Swear to Howdy is a story about about two boys, Joey and Rusty, and their sisters, Amanda Jane and Sissy. They do silly things from getting bit by crappies to putting bugs in baseball watcher's coke cups. The boys make a pact with everything they do. They share their blood and "swear to howdy." The boys got a little carried away with one of their pranks one night. They ended up killing someone they loved very much, and hurt several around them. I LOVE this book! I'm not really one to read things [...]


  • Erin

    Swear to Howdy is a very quick read about the challenges of friendship between two boys, Russell and Joey, after a prank of theirs goes terribly wrong. More than the first half of the book contains stories about the adventures of Joey and Rusty-boy and pranks they get involved with, which attests to the closeness and power of their friendship. In one such scenario, being charged with getting rid of squirrels a buck a pop, Joey accidentally shoots his violent and abusive father’s cat. Russell h [...]


  • Ruhama

    Russell can’t believe his luck—his new neighbor (he’s just moved to the area) has taken his weird name in stride and has decided everyone should call him Rusty. The two become best friends quickly, and often find themselves needing to “swear to howdy” about adventures they have. From Rusty’s first use of a gun to the biggest frog ever to a recreation of a ghost, the two are typical boys trying to stay out of trouble and yet keep busy. Van Draanen has written a strangely perfect book [...]


  • Jennie

    I lost this book. Er, well, my brother lost it. It was two weeks overdue before I found the book, and while I hurried to read it on the way to the library, unfortunately I couldn't manage to finish it. So I have maybe twenty pages left.That said, I'm a bit so-so about it. Other reviewers have said it is a boy's book, and that's true. It's also a lot more Children's than YA, and despite my love of YA, I tend to have a harder time getting into Children's books. I have a feeling something bad is go [...]


  • Sylvia

    This book is about two boys named Russell and Joey and their friendship with each other. Joey has a very imaginary and creative mind. He loves to play pranks on other people, especially with his sister. Whenever Russell and Joey plans a prank, they make a pact and they both swear to never tell anybody about their pranks. has a way of turning everything into an adventure, and also makes Russell swear to never to tell anyone about their pranks. In the end, Russel breaks his promise to Joey and tel [...]


  • Kimberlee

    Van Draanen is an excellent, adaptable writer. I loved the dialect of this YA novel. My son and daughter had this book read outloud to them in 7th grade and recommended that I read it. Van Draanen is able to distinguish between her characters (and voices as evidenced by "Flipped") while making each character believable. I liked that there was a "bad guy" in this story but the horrible thing that happens (which I was warned about by both kids) wasn't because of this character, which is what I tho [...]


  • Danielle Spencer

    AUTHOR PRESENTATIONThis book is about the main character, Rusty, and his best friend Joey. The novel starts with their boyish adventures, but soon takes a more serious tone. Joey has an abusive father, and eventually, Rusty and Joey accidentally cause the death of Joey's sister. As he has done in the past, Joey makes Rusty swear not to tell, but neither boy is dealing well with the secret. In the end, Rusty barely prevents Joey's suicide. It seems like Joey will never forgive Rusty for telling, [...]


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