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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.

This title has Common Core connections.

South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, MO MASL’s Readers Awards - MASTER LIST, Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year


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...

Praise for Fourmile

“* 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

In the Press

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. - Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

Watt Key

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

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