Dirt Road Home: A Novel

Dirt Road Home: A Novel

by Watt Key
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Overview

Dirt Road Home: A Novel by Watt Key

The story of of the orphan boy Moon, begun in Watt Key's award-winning Alabama Moon, continues with Dirt Road Home

After his recapture, gutsy 14-year-old Hal Mitchell is sentenced to live at Hellenweiler, an institution that is more like a jail than the boys' home it's supposed to be. Hal could walk out in just a few months if he keeps out of trouble. But in a place like Hellenweiler, the more he tries to avoid the gangs and their violence, the stronger Hal's fellow inmates try to make him fail. This title has Common Core connections.

"Key does a fabulous job of keeping his readers involved in the story and vested in the characters. Even reluctant readers will most likely find this one hard to put down." -- VOYA

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429933353
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 07/20/2010
Series: Alabama Moon , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 612,149
Lexile: HL540L (what's this?)
File size: 186 KB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Albert Watkins Key, Jr., publishing under the name Watt Key, is an award-winning southern fiction author. He grew up and currently lives in southern Alabama with his wife and family. Watt spent much of his childhood hunting and fishing the forests of Alabama, which inspired his debut novel, Alabama Moon, published to national acclaim in 2006. Alabama Moon won the 2007 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award and has been translated in seven languages. Key's second novel, Dirt Road Home, was published in 2010.
Albert Watkins Key, Jr., publishing under the name Watt Key, is an award-winning southern fiction author. He grew up and currently lives in southern Alabama with his wife and family. Watt spent much of his childhood hunting and fishing the forests of Alabama, which inspired his debut novel, Alabama Moon, published to national acclaim in 2006. Alabama Moon won the 2007 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award, was included on Time Magazine's list of the Best One Hundred YA Books of All Time, and has been translated in seven languages.

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Dirt Road Home 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Hal Mitchell finds himself back in a boys' home after having escaped the Pinson Home with two other boys. They headed for the woods and almost eluded the authorities in ALABAMA MOON. Now, Hal's lawyer tells him he'll only have to stay at Hellenweiler Boys' Home until a few things get straightened out - and until his dad proves he has given up alcohol and is capable of providing a decent home for Hal. It turns out that Hellenweiler is much worse than Pinson. There are two gangs, the Hounds and the Ministers. Leaders from both groups insist that Hal needs to pledge allegiance to one or the other, but he is determined to remain neutral. His only goal is to stay clean, serve his time, and get out as soon as his lawyer gets everything straightened out for his release. As the days pass, Hal discovers that it's not just the inmates that can make trouble for him. Those in charge of the boys' home are out to make life miserable for him, as well. He learns about faked paperwork, guards who look the other way when gang leaders want to use physical violence, and he personally experiences the pain of solitary confinement. It quickly becomes obvious that Hal will have to use cleverness and trickery to uncover the illegal activities going on behind closed doors. Author Watt Key follows up his survival adventure, ALABAMA MOON, with this story about Hal Mitchell's determined efforts to return to life with his father. Key takes readers into the mind of a young man desperate to maintain control of his temper and emotions so he can satisfy the legal requirements that will allow him to rebuild his life.
Logan Pitts More than 1 year ago
epic action packed awesome
HollowellTheForgottenRoom More than 1 year ago
Hal struggles to stay straight while living inside Hellenweiler Boys' Home. If he can avoid gang fighting and repeated stays in solitary, he just might make it. Hal impresses a few others while on the inside. They are tough guys, like him, who are victims of circumstance but who are also courageous and able to maintain their dignity. Watt Key has created a gripping young adult novel that is unlike any other. It is set almost entirely inside a juvenile detention center. The book is action-packed, and the tension mounts as Hal tries to expose guard corruption. The ending is extremely satisfying. Young readers will enjoy this edge-of-your-seat novel. Watt Key understands what troubled teens must endure and in Dirt Road Home, he gives them hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having been in on the escape from Pinson with Moon Blake, Hal Mitchell has a short term to serve so that he can get back home to his dad, his truck, his girl, and his interests. But he has to keep his cool and stay out of trouble. That's not easy to do in a facility where the mists of doom poison the air and the adults in charge consider the kids dogs fighting for their place, boys who are just part of a human landfill and future fodder for the penitentiaries. To survive here, the inmates must be part of a gang: the Death Row Ministers, whose leader is an insane, bullying repeat offender named Jack; or the Hell Hounds, whose leader is an big, oddly unusual Mexican named Paco. Hal finds himself drawn to the huge, silent unencumbered boy called Caboose who manages to live in no-man's land. How does Caboose survive alone, and can he? After studying his options and being beaten, Hal uses two "friends" to help him come up with a plan to destroy the facility instead of letting it destroy him when he realizes the superintendent's plan is to keep all the boys in Hellenweiler until they are eithteen by padding conduct reports and losing information he does not choose to include. This is a poignant story of one boy's courage and determination in the face of corruption.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy love alabama moon so i wonderbif this will be as good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The way he tries to survive in the book is fascinating he went through alot of things in the prison and he stood strong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is at result thirty now.
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