Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Alabama Moon

Alabama Moon

Alabama Moon (Volume 1)

Watt Key

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)



For as long as ten-year-old Moon can remember, he has lived out in the forest in a shelter with his father. They keep to themselves, their only contact with other human beings an occasional trip to the nearest general store. When Moon's father dies, Moon follows his father's last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesn't know or understand; he's become property of the government he has been avoiding all his life. As the spirited and resourceful Moon encounters constables, jails, institutions, lawyers, true friends, and true enemies, he adapts his wilderness survival skills and learns to survive in the outside world, and even, perhaps, make his home there. This title has Common Core connections.

Alabama Moon is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

TN Intermed Volunt State Book Award ML, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Book Sense Children's Pick, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, CA Silicon Valley Reads, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, Alabama Children's Choice Book Award ML, Parents' Choice Award Winner, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master List, California Young Reader Medal Master List, ABC E.B. White Read Aloud Award, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction MS Readers, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Missouri Truman Readers Award Master List, Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award ML, Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book A ML, California Young Reader Medal, Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Master List, Alabama Children's Choice Book Award Master List


Praise for Alabama Moon

“Excellent. A terrific choice for reluctant readers.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“An unusual coming-of-age story.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A winningly fresh look at life and culture almost never seen in children's books.” —The Horn Book Magazine

“Key writes honestly about hunting, trapping and the hardships of survival in this rather unusual coming-of-age story.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Well written with a flowing style, plenty of dialogue, and lots of action.” —School Library Journal

“Compelling.” —Voices of Youth Advocates

“Absorbing.” —Publishers Weekly

“For boys who dream of unfettered life in the great outdoors . . . Moon's a bona fide hero.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Watt Key

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.

Watt Key

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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