Fourmile

Watt Key

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Twelve-year-old Foster knows in his gut that Dax Ganey, the man dating his widowed mother, is a bad seed. Then a mysterious stranger arrives at their Alabama farm, a former Army Ranger in Iraq rambling across the country, and Foster believes he has found an ally against Dax. The stranger proves a fascinating mentor, full of wisdom and secrets. And Dax soon has reason to resent not just him and Foster but also Foster’s mother. A spurned Dax will be a dangerous enemy, but Foster is increasingly aware that the stranger is just as dangerous, if not more so.

From Watt Key, the author of one of the most highly acclaimed children's survival adventures of the last decade, comes Fourmile, a tautly wound new novel reminiscent of classic westerns, about a boy caught in the middle of a clash that may turn out to be his own battle to fight.

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I heard Mother calling, but I didn’t answer. I lay in the scattered hay and stared at the afternoon sunbeams angling through the big bay doors of the barn. Against the wall were damp, moldy bales that had been in the same place for over a year. They smelled more of wet dirt and decay than anything fresh-cut. Two sheets of tin had blown off the roof during the winter and the place was rotting. There was too much to do now. Mother and I couldn’t keep up.
I rolled over and faced my dog, Joe. He lifted his chin and nosed the chewed-up stick lying in front of

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* "Suspenseful and introspective." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Key has crafted another powerful, riveting coming-of-age tale. . . . Foster’s first-person voice is richly authentic as he gradually acquires the wisdom that will eventually lead him to a believable though heart-wrenching resolution to some of the crushing conflicts in his life. Confrontations between Dax and Gary are vivid and violent enough to disturb some readers, the violence expertly serving to define yet distinguish their characters. Deeply moving and fast-paced, this life-affirming effort is a worthy addition to the bookshelves of sturdy readers." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Simultaneously poignant and suspenseful, the story will keep readers on the edge of their seats." —School Library Journal, starred review

"An original and satisfying coming-of-age tale." —The Horn Book

"Written in the tradition of classics such as Old Yeller and Shiloh but with a decidedly contemporary setting and tone, this will appeal to a broad range of readers." —BCCB

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FOURMILE by Watt Key | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of FOURMILE . Key (<em>Alabama Moon<em>, 2006, etc.) has crafted another powerful, riveting coming-of-age tale that doesn't stint on violence to advance the action.
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Watt Key

WATT KEY lives in southern Alabama with his family. Fourmile is his third book.

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year, , Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List

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Trade Paperback
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February 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250039958
ISBN10: 1250039959
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 256 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$7.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374350956
ISBN10: 0374350957
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$16.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780374324414
ISBN10: 0374324417
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
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