Read "Alabama Moon" by Watt Key available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. For as long as ten-year-old. Get this from a library! Alabama moon. [Watt Key] -- After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon leaves their forest shelter home and is sent to an Alabama. Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Grade –Moon, 10, has spent most of his life in a camouflaged shelter in the forest with his father, a Vietnam.

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When Moon's father dies, Moon follows his father's last instructions: to Alabama Moon is a Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. Get print book. No eBook available Alabama Moon. Front Cover. Watt Key. Dressler Alabama Moon · Watt Key No preview QR code for Alabama Moon . Dirt Road Home--A Novel. Alabama Moon (Series). Book 2. Watt Key Author ( ). Series · Alabama Moon. Using OverDrive. Meet Libby · Getting started · Help.

Chapter 9. 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 Alabama Moon won the E. White Read-Aloud Award and has been translated in seven languages.

Key's second novel, Dirt Road Home , was published in Chapter 1. Chapter 4. Chapter 5. Chapter 6. Chapter 7.

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Chapter 8. Please try again later. site Edition Verified download. This is a five star book for one reason: Watt Key has written something really special with his character Moon Blake. I read the synopsis of this book months ago and even had it recommended to me by a friend, but I didn't pick it up because while it sounded interesting, the plot didn't leap out at me.

There's really only one thing you need to know about the story: Moon's Pap has died and left him to fend for himself in the woods where they had always lived alone, survivialist style, with instructions to head for Alaska. The rest of the book is all Moon as he confronts the real world and navigates friendship, trouble and where he fits in, and he is fabulous.

Moon is confused and angry at all the grown-ups trying to control his life now that his dad is gone and there's no one else to take him in-- ostensibly he has no family other than his deceased father.

He knows so much about how to live by himself in the forest, and yet is so naive about how the world works.

I cried at the beginning when Moon's Pap dies and then laughed as Moon refuses to back down repeatedly, "whipping up" on multiple adults who underestimate him throughout the book. It's really a poignant story of loss and love and finding a sense of normalcy.

There aren't that many truly unique characters out there, where you feel like the author gets it exactly right, but Moon is one. He sticks with you after the book is done. He's really something. Paperback Verified download. Having just started and put down a deeply crappy book meant for 9- to year-old boys by a well-known author whose name I will refrain from mentioning, it was an absolute shock to my system to read its polar opposite, the brilliant Alabama Moon.

Utterly competent living in the forest, Moon Blake experiences the height of culture shock when his survivalist father dies and he runs smack into the outside world. Moon is unfamiliar with things like fatty food or enough food , television, and clothes made out of things other than animals skins, let alone the wrongheadedness and lies of certain supposed representatives of the law. Trying to fulfill his father's last instructions to go to Alaska and live with other people who hate the government, Moon soon escapes from the locked boys' home where he's been dumped, taking two other boys with him.

Well, more at first, actually--that part's very funny! But Moon is starting to change, realizing that, unlike his father, he's not happy being alone. When things go wrong out in the forest, Moon begins making new kinds of decisions. Of course, it doesn't help that the wacked-out small-town constable whose pride Moon has wounded is after him, and not exactly with lawful intent.

Moon is the most real, intriguing protagonist I've read about since Maniac Magee. I had to catch my breath when I finished this book, it was that good. I then ran to my computer to tell you: It's one of the best things to hit children's literature in years! This one belongs high on the list of coming of age tales and is, not only a great story about a young man growing up in very unusual circumstances, but it offers a wealth of information about how to survive, especially on one's own in the wilderness.

Moon is living with his father deep in the forests of Alabama. When he is only ten years old, his father dies and Moon is left alone to fend for himself. The civilized world is not ready to let him do that, especially one constable who is determined to lock this young man away in some jail or institution.

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As the lawman pursues him, Moon constantly outsmarts him; and along the way makes a couple of new friends who bring him to the realization that he does not want to live his life alone any more. I won't spoil the page turner, but will say that things turn out favorable in the end.

This book is a keeper. If I could, I would give it to every young man in this age group or even older to show them there is more to life than TV and video games. Highly recommended. One person found this helpful. I began reading this book as a way to connect with a new grandson, who is I am continuing the books because the story has become much more than a way to connect to him but a truly interesting series.

I really enjoyed reading it because it has more details than the movie. Wonderful story about a boy raised by a mentally ill father who taught him to survive in the wilderness and not to rely on anyone. A great read-geared toward young men, but this grandma loved it too! Bought this for my grandson, by his request, and he just loved it. My 12 year old grandson told me about this book.

I think they had to read it in school this past term.

I thoroughly enjoyed it because I went to undergraduate school in Sumter County, AL back in 's and even deer hunted on that same International Paper Company land. See all reviews.

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