Overview

Whichaway has the distinction of being published by 3 different publishers over the decades -- by Random House in 1966; Alfred Knopf (Borzoi Books) in 1992, and again by Northland Press (Rising Moon Books) in a trade paperback edition in 1997. That makes this fine little Western adventure a "classic" in any reader's estimation.

It gets bone lonesome being the only boy on a remote Arizona ranch. No wonder Whichaway's always talking to himself ...
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Whichaway

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Overview

Whichaway has the distinction of being published by 3 different publishers over the decades -- by Random House in 1966; Alfred Knopf (Borzoi Books) in 1992, and again by Northland Press (Rising Moon Books) in a trade paperback edition in 1997. That makes this fine little Western adventure a "classic" in any reader's estimation.

It gets bone lonesome being the only boy on a remote Arizona ranch. No wonder Whichaway's always talking to himself or his horse. No wonder he forgets things, has trouble concentrating, and tends to wander off into the blue. Why else would he take a notion to ride out to a sinister place like Crazy Men Mesa -- especially when a storm's brewing?

The next thing he knows, a huge dust devil strikes the windmill he's greasing, leaving Whichaway stranded 30 feet off the ground on a wooden platform with two broken legs. What will he do? Nobody knows where he is except a couple of cattle rustlers, and they've left him alone to die. The other passersby in these parts are few...and murderous. The sun brands him. Days and nights pass with no water and no rescue. The boy's world shrinks until it was as small as his own skin and skull. Even in his ankle pain and delirium, though, one thing is clear: now would be a good time to take charge of things and learn to think like a man. For unless he gets down from this windmill somehow by himself, he is going to die....

Find out what a boy called Whichaway does in this exciting story of bravery and self-reliance set against a rugged Arizona landscape. This terrific story would make a great little period Western for teens and families, and has actually been optioned 3 different times over the years for a possible TV-Movie or low-budget feature, but film rights have reverted to the Swarthout literary estate.

Here's another good review --

"It took only two pages for the story to jump the hurdles and be off and running -- and never stop until its triumphant finish...This is one of the rare ones." Publisher's Weekly
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Editorial Reviews

Sunday Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado - Dale Walker
"Whichaway is a fifteen-year-old ranch boy at the Box O, a spread near Prescott, Arizona who gets stranded atop a 30-foot windmill with both legs broken and nobody but a couple of cattle rustlers for company down below. This is a terrific, good-humored story, full of the spirit of an unforgettable kid who lingers in the mind long after the last page is turned."
Kirkus book reviews - anonymous anonymous
"Whichaway is not a question readers will have to ask. Once they start this, they'll read it right through to the end without stopping or losing their place....Unusual and absorbing, it's a book young people can enjoy discussing."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012964953
  • Publisher: Rising Moon Books, Northland Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/6/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 567,955
  • File size: 423 KB

Meet the Author

Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout wrote 6 young adult novels over the decades into the 1980's together, and Whichaway is their best-known title, having been published in 3 different editions by 3 different publishers over the decades, making this same story aptly classified as a "Classic." In adult fiction, husband Glendon wrote 16 novels, 8 of which were filmed by Hollywood, including some well-known titles -- They Came To Cordura (Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth, Columbia Pictures, 1959); Where the Boys Are (George Hamilton, Connie Francis, MGM, 1960); Bless the Beasts & Children (Stanley Kramer directed, Columbia Pictures, 1972); and The Shootist (John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, Paramount Pictures, 1976). Dr. Swarthout also was twice nominated by his publishers for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for They Came to Cordura and Bless the Beasts & Children. More about this famous author and photos and reviews of his bestsellers and films on his fancy literary website, www.glendonswarthout.com
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