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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780374324414240 Pages, Ages 9-12
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 the author of one of the most highly acclaimed children's survival adventures of the last decade comes this 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.
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, South Carolina Children's Book 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...