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Fourmile (Paperback)

Author:  Watt Key
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0374350957
ISBN-13: 9780374350956
Sku: 227158781
Publish Date: 9/18/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1T
Pages:  227
Age Range:  13 to 16
 
A mysterious stranger arrives at a boy''s rundown Alabama farm home, just as adangerous situation is unfolding for the 12-year-old and his widowed mother.
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"A mysterious stranger arrives at a boy's rundown Alabama farm home, just as a dangerous situation is unfolding for the twelve-year-old and his widowed mother"--

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.

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Grief, abusive relationships, and family troubles thread through this compelling young adult novel, becoming more challenging and likely to snap with each new event. Having lost his father in a tragic accident a year earlier, 12-year-old Foster does everything he can to help his mother run their struggling farm in rural Alabama. Barely able to make ends meet since her husband's death, Foster's mother has decided to fix up the farm to sell it. However, her boyfriend, Dax, only adds to their daily challenges by being cruel and abusive to Foster. When Gary, a kind, taciturn Iraq veteran shows up, he helps repair the farm. Foster likes Gary, but knows that something is amiss. Dax has taken a powerful disliking to Gary, creating a mounting tension that will change everything.

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"Suspenseful and introspective, Key's novel is an intimate portrait of the messy complexities of modern small-town life." 08/13/2012

"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." (starred review) 08/01/2012

"Key masterfully plots the story of home, family, and fat, and readers will race to the conclusion, sensing the trouble to come between Dax and Gary; throughout, it's the uncertainty surrounding Gary's identity and past that will readers intrigued. An original and satisfying coming-of-age tale." November/December 2012

"This is a moving portrait of a boy coming to terms with loss and learning to survive on his own. Simultaneously poignant and suspenseful, the story will keep readers on the edge of their seats." November 2012

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   09
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0227
Product attributePublisher:   Farrar Straus Giroux
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