The Resource The devil's backbone, Bill Wittliff ; illustrated by Jack Unruh

The devil's backbone, Bill Wittliff ; illustrated by Jack Unruh

Label
The devil's backbone
Title
The devil's backbone
Statement of responsibility
Bill Wittliff ; illustrated by Jack Unruh
Title variation
devils backbone
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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. In The Devil's Backbone, master storyteller Bill Wittliff takes readers on an exciting journey through a rough 1880s frontier as full of colorful characters and unexpected turns of events as the great American quest novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Wittliff grew up listening to stories and memories like these in his own family, and in this imaginative novel, they come to vivid life, creating an engrossing story of a Texas Huck Finn that brims with folk wisdom and sly humor.A rogue's gallery of characters thwart and aid Papa's path - Old 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 dreams - an actual cave that he discovers at last in the canyons of the Devil's Backbone - but will he find Momma before Old Karl finds him?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. In The Devil's Backbone, master storyteller Bill Wittliff takes readers on an exciting journey through a rough 1880s frontier as full of colorful characters and unexpected turns of events as the great American quest novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.Wittliff grew up listening to stories and memories like these in his own family, and in this imaginative novel, they come to vivid life, creating an engrossing story of a Texas Huck Finn that brims with folk wisdom and sly humor.A rogue's gallery of characters thwart and aid Papa's path - Old 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 dreams - an actual cave that he discovers at last in the canyons of the Devil's Backbone - but will he find Momma before Old Karl finds him?
Summary
Shares the adventures of a young boy and his dog in the 1880s Texas frontier as they search for the boy's mother
Tone
Writing style
Character
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10389803
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wittliff, William D
Dewey number
813/.54
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Unruh, Jack
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Families
  • Texas
Target audience
adult
Label
The devil's backbone, Bill Wittliff ; illustrated by Jack Unruh
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn878953323
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9780292759954
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014007075
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)878953323
Label
The devil's backbone, Bill Wittliff ; illustrated by Jack Unruh
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn878953323
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9780292759954
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014007075
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)878953323

Library Locations

    • Carver Branch Borrow it
      1161 Angelina St., Austin, TX, 78702, US
      30.2695584 -97.7240278
    • Central LibraryBorrow it
      710 W. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, 78701, US
      30.271302100000 -97.746016800000
    • Cepeda BranchBorrow it
      651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd., Austin, TX, 78702, US
      30.2590471 -97.7088905
    • Milwood BranchBorrow it
      12500 Amherst Dr, Austin, TX, 78727, US
      30.4223444 -97.7161692
    • Manchaca Road Branch Borrow it
      5500 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX, 78745, US
      30.2166039 -97.79733689999999
    • Old Quarry Branch Borrow it
      7051 Village Center Dr., Austin, TX, 78731, US
      30.3529975 -97.7551561
    • Pleasant Hill Branch Borrow it
      211 E. William Cannon Blvd., Austin, TX, 78745, US
      30.1922461 -97.7771661
    • Ruiz BranchBorrow it
      1600 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX, 78741, US
      30.2298616 -97.7070109
    • St. John Branch Borrow it
      7500 Blessing Ave., Austin, TX, 78752, US
      30.3328231 -97.6937014
    • Spicewood Springs Branch Borrow it
      8637 Spicewood Springs Rd., Austin, TX, 78759, US
      30.4337083 -97.7730809
    • Terrazas Branch Borrow it
      1105 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX, 78702, US
      30.2599154 -97.7334621
    • Twin Oaks Branch Borrow it
      1800 S. Fifth St., Austin, TX, 78704, US
      30.2486884 -97.76239749999999
    • Willie Mae Kirk Branch Borrow it
      3101 Oak Springs Dr., Austin, TX, 78723, US
      30.2729762 -97.699748
    • Yarborough BranchBorrow it
      2200 Hancock Dr., Austin, TX, 78756, US
      30.3234684 -97.74072129999999
Processing Feedback ...