- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First edition (September 18, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374350957
- ISBN-13: 978-0374350956
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Fourmile Hardcover – September 18, 2012
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
With intense bonding and angry, sometimes violent face-offs, this fast, spare novel will appeal to Gary Paulsen fans, especially boys. On their farm in southern Alabama, Foster, 12, is scared of Dax, his widowed mother’s boyfriend, who bullies Foster and even hurts his beloved dog, Joe. Then a stranger, Gary, comes by, and he helps Foster fix up the farm to prepare it for sale. But what is Gary’s secret? What is he running from and why? At the core of the drama is the hard daily work as Gary helps Foster paint the fence and fix up the house. With Dax always an ugly threat, Gary teaches Foster to drive and to shoot a pistol (Gary had a lot of practice as a soldier in Iraq). The plain, present-tense prose in Foster’s first-person narrative—much of it in dialogue—about the rural landscape and daily work on the farm will hold readers as much as the climactic deadly action. Grades 5-6. --Hazel Rochman
“Suspenseful and introspective…” ―Publishers Weekly, starred
“[STARRED REVIEW!] Key has crafted another powerful, riveting coming-of-age tale . . . 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. Confrontations between Dax and Gary are vivid and violent enough to disturb some readers, the violence expertly serving to define yet distinguish their characters. Deeply moving and fast-paced, this life-affirming effort is a worthy addition to the bookshelves of sturdy readers.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Simultaneously poignant and suspenseful, the story will keep readers on the edge of their seats.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“An original and satisfying coming-of-age tale.” ―Horn Book
“Written in the tradition of classics such as Old Yeller and Shiloh but with a decidedly contemporary setting and tone, this will appeal to a broad range of readers.” ―BCCB
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Fourmile is the story of a 12-year-old boy named Foster whose dad has died recently. His mother is about to lose the farm and is dating an unpleasant man named Dax. Foster rightly dislikes Dax and tries to protect himself, his mother, and his dog Joe as best he can--which isn't much. When a Shane-like character comes walking up the road with his backpack and a dog, Foster instantly latches onto him, and the man, Gary, stays a while doing work on the farm. Naturally, Dax and Gary clash. Gary's secret past comes back to haunt him, but not before Gary fights back against Dax and his thuggish friends to protect Foster and his mom.
Fourmile is a heart-wrenching story that is ultimately about fathers and father figures, good and bad. Gary can't solve Foster's problems or his mother's--Gary can't even solve his own. But he can give Foster and his mother a little courage for grabbing hold of the future.
Watt Key is good at writing adventure-suspense novels for boys, but these books are character driven. Key is good at showing just how hard it is to be human. And at showing how people can keep going just the same.
Although I do not often recommend buying books, this one is worth the money. It is one of my favorite books of all time.
The character qualities portrayed are things that all worthy men possess including integrity, hard work, respect, and unselfish love, which are the building blocks for all worthwhile relationships.
It is a good family read- absolutely gripping.
There is some violence that may need to be toned down for young children, and swearing that could easily
be skipped over if a parent would read aloud. The ending is sad, and although you are prepared for the way in which it ends, it is still heartrending. I very much hope the author writes a sequel and finds a WAY to renew the relationships.
Wish I could find more books like this. WONDERFUL!!!!!!!
Most recent customer reviews
I liked the country settings
I recommend to every buddy