Author: Watt Key
Publish Date: September 18, 2012
Genre: Middle Grade/YA, Coming of Age
Plot (from Goodreads):
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.
Why I Read this Book: My library just got this book and I wanted to check it out.
This is a wonderful coming of age novel about a boy dealing with the grief of his deceased father while also dealing with Dax, the wretched man whom his mother is dating. Foster does not like the way that Dax treats his mother, but his mother is too frightened to get rid of him. Everything changes when a mysterious man comes to town.
This book was an emotional roller coaster. I was moved by the troubles that Foster was having in his life. I was hoping that things would get better for Foster. The writing style of Fourmile was amazing. I was gripped by the story and I fell in love with the characters (all except Dax and his friends of course). The story was realistic and believable. I cannot wait to read more from Watt Key.
Recommended Reading Age: 13+ for some violence and foul language
Overall Rating: 5/5