Ashley’s December Recommendation

Fourmile by Watt Key

“A boy must contend with the loss of his father, a failing farm and his mother’s shady boyfriend.  He finds help and friendship with a drifter (who has his own baggage).  The fourmileboy and the drifter fix up the farm as his mother’s boyfriend’s faults shine throught.  The story ends in a dangerous and dramatic showdown that you’ll have to read to believe.  This book is a fast-paced, well written tale with compelling characters.  Key trusts middle grade readers with some tough topics–that I’m sure many will identify with.  This is a great read for boys and reluctant tween readers–but the book has a great deal of adult appeal.  While a story of this nature can help a young person understand the world around them–it can also help adults understand a child’s point of view in times of tragedy”.

Read about or request Fourmile from the library catalog!

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