The Whipping Boy [NOOK Book]

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With The Whipping Boy, Speer Morgan delivers a rollicking page-turner. I read it once with a fierce compulsion to find out what would happen, a second time for the pleasure of the language and craft. --Wally Lamb
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The Whipping Boy

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Overview

With The Whipping Boy, Speer Morgan delivers a rollicking page-turner. I read it once with a fierce compulsion to find out what would happen, a second time for the pleasure of the language and craft. --Wally Lamb
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tom Freshour, the mixed-blood teenaged hero of this engaging story set in the waning days of the last century, is a product of the Choctaw Indian orphanage in the Oklahoma Territory, where he has grown up living an insular life subjected to military-style discipline and regular beatings. When he and the other boys are taken to Fort Smith, Ark., to witness a hanging--a lesson in criminal justice inflicted by the minister in charge of the orphanage--Tom is offered a job as errand boy to a hardware salesman. The minister gladly sheds responsibility for the teenager, and Tom is given to Jake Jaycox, an aging, soft-hearted drummer with whom the lad becomes fast friends. As the pair ply the trade between Oklahoma and Arkansas, Tom discovers ``civilization,'' racism and sex. Aiding in his coming of age is Samantha King, a provocative ``older'' woman who, through a bizarre mishap, becomes attached to the selling pair. Benefiting from extensive research by Morgan, a writing professor at the University of Missouri and author ( Belle Starr ), the book nicely captures the atmosphere of Indian Territory and environs nearly 100 years ago. (May)
Library Journal
Set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1894, this is the story of an unlikely trio: good-natured hardware salesman Jake, a half-Indian orphan named Tom, and Samantha King, a mysterious but compelling young woman. The story unfolds slowly; at first, only Jake is fully developed, but gradually Tom's background is sketched in and Sam's history uncovered. As these two come into focus along with Jake, the novel picks up speed, and what seemed at first like a tame attempt to take over the hardware store is revealed as a sinister plot to steal thousands of acres of land from poor Indians and farmers. Can the intrepid threesome foil this plot? Suspense builds nicely, and readers who stick with the story through the slow start will have an enjoyable read enhanced by the bleakly challenging Western landscape that lends an authentic feel to this tale by the author of The Assemblers (Dutton, 1986; Harlequin, 1989. reprint). Recommended.-Beth Ann Mills, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000834558
  • Publisher: Speer Morgan
  • Publication date: 3/12/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 911,418
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 368 KB

Meet the Author

Born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Speer Morgan is the author of five books. His first novel, published in 1979, was set in Arkansas and the Indian Territory during the late 1800s. Among his other four novels, three have been set in Arkansas and Oklahoma - one in 1894, another in 1934, and another in the 1980s."The Whipping Boy" (1994)was aided by an NEA Individual Fellowship in fiction. His latest novel, "The Freshour Cylinders"(1998), won Foreword Magazine's Silver Award for the best book of the year. It also won an American Book Award in 1999. Morgan teaches in the English Department at the University of Missouri where he has edited The Missouri Review for 30 years.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2011

    Great story

    Enjoyed this book very much, it is very well written and filled with interesting characters. The story takes place in Oklahoma and Arkansas during the late 1800s and provides fascinating insight into the historical period it portrays. It also is a coming of age story for Tom who has led a sheltered life in an orphanage and is now experiencing the freedom and wonders of the outside world.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Love and peace

    Then why did she say it wasfive stars. I like this book even though i didnt read it my brother loved it very much

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Thte

    Stupid is this book

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Reading for reson

    I have 2 read this for school. I am middle school and I am a 6th grader. If u read this u now know the resin why I am reading this book.

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