My thoughts on Fourmile by Watt Key: A boy must contend with the loss of his father, a failing farm and his mothers shady boyfriend. He finds help and friendship with a drifter (who has his own baggage). They boy and the drifter fix up the farm as his mother’s boyfriend’s faults shine through. Thus story ends in a dangerous and dramatic showdown that you’ll have to read to believe.
Thus 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 readers in grades 5-8.