The devil's backbone

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Unruh, Jack, illustrator.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2014.
First edition.
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228 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Round Rock Public Library - Adult (2nd floor)  1 available


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The last the boy Papa saw of his Momma, she was galloping away on her horse Precious in the saddle her father took from a dead Mexican officer after the Battle of San Jacinto, fleeing from his Daddy, Old Karl, a vicious, tight-fisted horse trader. Momma's flight sets Papa on a relentless quest to find her that thrusts him and his scrappy little dog Fritz into adventures all across the wild and woolly Hill Country of Central Texas, down to Mexico, and even into the realm of the ghostly "Shimmery People." A rogue's gallery of characters thwart and aid Papa's pathOld Karl, hell-bent on bringing the boy back to servitude on his farm, and Herman, Papa's brother who's got Old Karl's horse-trading instincts and greed; Calley Pearsall, an enigmatic cowboy with "other Fish to Fry" who might be an outlaw or a trustworthy "o'Amigo"; o'Jeffey, a black seer who talks to the spirits but won't tell Papa what she has divined about his Momma; Mister Pegleg, a three-legged coyote with whom Papa forms a poignant, nearly tragic friendship; the "Mexkins" Pepe and Peto and their father Old Crecencio, whose longing for his lost family is as strong as Papa's; and blind Bird, a magical "blue baby" who can't see with his eyes but who helps other people see what they hold in their hearts. Papa's adventures draw him ever nearer to a mysterious cave that haunts his dreamsan actual cave that he discovers at last in the canyons of the Devil's Backbonebut will he find Momma before Old Karl finds him?

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Wittliff, W. D., & Unruh, J. (2014). The devil's backbone (First edition.). University of Texas Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Wittliff, William D and Jack, Unruh. 2014. The Devil's Backbone. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Wittliff, William D and Jack, Unruh. The Devil's Backbone Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Wittliff, William D., and Jack Unruh. The Devil's Backbone First edition., University of Texas Press, 2014.

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