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Alabama Moon (Alabama Moon #1)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  2,585 ratings  ·  430 reviews
After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon leaves their forest shelter home and is sent to an Alabama institution, becoming entangled in the outside world he has never known and making good friends, a relentless enemy, and finally a new life.
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Published January 4th 2004 by Recorded Books
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Deborah Markus
This is one of several reviews I wrote for the late lamented Secular Homeschooling Magazine. We ran an article about homeschoolers in fiction, and I rated a lot of YA novels based on how good they were and how well they handled homeschooling. Mostly, homeschoolers were hauled out as the reliable weirdos in story after story; but it was still fun to do so much reading and call it my job.

So: Alabama Moon, by Watt Key

Category: Creepy backwoods illegal homeschooling

Summary: Occasional trips into tow
I'm going to read this book but I can say with confidence that it will be 5 stars regardless of actual content.
I can say that because my son is at that age where he is perfectly between girl-crazy/Calvin and Hobbes adoring/outdoor survival obsessed. I believe it's called "pre-adolescence".
And the other day for the first time EVER he sat in his room for hours reading alone and listening to music too loudly.
When he got up to use the bathroom I teased him by asking if his seclusion was the beginnin
It was surprising to me, how even though the overal subject seemed just okay, it's really when you get down and read that the little details suck you in and make you keep reading. He really makes your feelings for Moon twist and turn between "tough guy" and helpless ten year-old. In the beginning, "I jumped up on the seat of my chair and leaped across the counter to land on Mr. Abroscotto" (Key 27) posses him as a ferocious kid. He keeps even this "outsider" with his childish roots, "I bit into ...more

I heard of this book through my book club and at first, I wasn't very eager to read it as it wouldn't be a book I would pick up on a library shelf. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed it and I am very happy that I read it! I liked the plot in general, learned a LOT of things about wilderness and survival skills, I enjoyed the description paragraphs, the character developments, I went through a series of emotions and feel attached to several characters. I got into the
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I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it hadn't reminded me so strongly of My Abandonment , a slightly more fantastic book about a child coping with the modern world after being raised all savage-like in the woods by a paranoid and Vietnam-scarred father.

Even ignoring that, the author has managed to create one of the most awesome prepubescent heroes I have ever read. There aren't many ten-year-olds who have bathed in deer blood, buried their own father, shot an aspirin bottle at 300 f
Moon is a 10-year-old boy who's been raised in the woods by his father. When his father dies, he has no idea who to trust or where to go, and immediately gets himself into trouble with the law. When I read the summary, I thought the story was going to take place a long time ago, but the setting is Alabama in 1980.

The characters in this story are fascinating and believable, and the story made me cry. I would recommend it to fans of wilderness survival (Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain) or realist
Ani Abgaryan
I choose this book because I had seen the movie and was so excited to hear that there was a book. This book is about a young boy named Moon who lived in a little home in the forest who had also lost his mother and father. Before his father’s passing he had told Moon that when he died Moon would feel loneliness, and that he would have to plan a way to get as far as he could from the law and protect himself. Moons father died the next day and after the burial Moon made a plan to go to Alaska. Unfo ...more
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The reason i chose this book is because its about the outdoors, hunting and ect. this book is about a kid named Moon Blake he lives with his dad under a tree. There living under there cause Pap the dad doesnt like the goverment. This book mainly takes place in a forest. Moon and his dad were out checking there traps to see if they got anything. One trap was across a river that was frozen. The dad went first to make sure it was safe to walk on. As soon as the dad walked on the ice it broke and he ...more
David Barajas
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Mrs. Strudthoff
Finally! A book for Gary Paulsen's Hatchet fans!

Moon and his father live in a makeshift cave on the abandoned property of a logging company. Moon's mother died years ago and is buried up near the cedar grove. Moon is really not sure when his family came to live in the forest. All he knows is that his father hates the government and is preparing for the day when a war breaks out. Moon's father teaches him everything he needs to know to live off the land and even has time to teach him how to read
I grew up in a swamp and this book made me want to go back. Not to get ticks or redbugs and I never wore a coonskin hat or used deer sinew as fishing lines. But the feeling of looking up through a tree to see sunlight trickling down. Feeling part of something big as a forest and small as an ant.

Moon is the best narrator. He's very smart and observant. Vulnerable and lonely. He's a best friend unless you talk about his daddy then he'll have to whip up on you.

I got the chance to meet Mr. Watt as I
i actually just read that book because my library had this one in it's original language and there are not many books in their original language for young readers.
the book is about a boy called moon, who grew up living in a forest far from civilization with his father. When his father dies moon is 10 years old and now on his own. His father told him to go to alaska cause there would be a lot people who live like they did.
The story is not really very good and i took a while to accept the writing
I thought it was ok, but nothing really interested me. I would read it again if i had to, but not for enjoyment. I thought it was going to be really good, but i was dissapointed. I didn't think it was well written. There was no really impressive vocabulary. I could have enjoyed it more if i was a 3 rd grader. Thats how easy it was for me to read. I didn't like when kit, moon's bff died. The only really good character was kit. To me moon was too perfect.He would act like how a kid with ni clue a ...more
Julie Cotton
~ Moon Blake was raised in the forest with his government hating (Vietnam Syndrome afflicted) father where he learns everything he needs to know to live alone - except how to not be lonely after his dad dies.
~ Lots of changing action makes you want to pick this book up all throughout the day just to see what kind of trouble Moon will get himslf into next.
~ Fabulous, simple dialogue creates his characer as well as others.
~ Very fun to read, but I also found myself caring so much about Moon.
294 pa
I've never read a book as exciting as Alabama Moon by Watt Key. It’s action packed and it's a thrill ride. You won't ever want to put the book down. It’s about a boy named Moon who lives out in the woods with his dad. They trap their own food, make their own clothes and Moon can beat someone three times his size and he is only ten! What doesn't sound exciting about that, but if you also add in the fact that he escapes a boys home, beats up cops and leaves them in the woods in the middle of nowh ...more
Dini Azmi
I was so surprised to know that Moon and his father survived on their own in the forest. I've just started reading Alabama Moon and I've never been more surprised. Maybe it's me imagining the worst of their home. Anyway, how is it even possible? Part of me celebrated when Moon was sent to the home for boys. He had a hard time adjusting to his new home especially with Hal around (the bully) but he should be fine. It's funny that Moon attacks almost everyone who approaches him and his thought of e ...more
Susan Wight
Moon has been brought up in the forest where his dad has educated with a heavy emphasis on survival skills. Outside contact has been limited to occasional trips to the store to sell the goods they’ve trapped or grown. When Moon’s dad breaks his leg, he refuses to seek medical help, instead accepting that he will die out in the forest. He tells Moon to make his way to Alaska where he will find other people ‘like them’ who ‘hate the government’. Moon tries to do just that but quickly winds up cros ...more
Carol Royce Owen
Missed this book until this year, but now that I have found it I am sure I will share it with many. Alabama Moon is about a 10 year old boy who has been brought up living off the land and hiding from the law. His father has never trusted the government, and has drilled into Moon that same distrust. When his dad dies Moon knows he can continue to live on his own, but the authorities have other plans for him. Before long he has angered the local constable, Sanders, and landed in a boys home from w ...more
Although this book was in my book club's group, this book was really fasinating. At first, I thought this book would have a really bad ending since Moon's father died and he ended up not believing anything he said even though he always loved his father and his father everything to him. He had hope at the beginning of the book but then he lost mostly all of it. I thought that it was really sad for him to loose such hope. Hope is such a precious thing and if you really do believe in it, then u sho ...more
Jordyn C.
In the book Alabama Moon. this little boy named Moon Blake is only 10 years old and on his own. his father and him were a family that hated the government so much that they made a shlter in the ground, made there own food, cloths, traps, and medicine. Moons father though has died and Moons mother was never really around because she passed away when Moon was younger. Before Moons father died though he told Moon that he needed to go to Alaska and find people that are just like him there( people wh ...more
Wayne brown
i thimk that this book was masing on how it was set up and i liked how its was a serval book and it keep me at the ege of my seat the hole book. and i belive this is my most fravert book i read so far. books need took up to this book. infact i just singed it out of the libery so that i may read it again.
Zack J
The book that I have read and absolutely loved is Alabama Moon by Watt Key. I loved it because it was a really detailed and gripping story that kept me on the edge of my seat. It also played out well for me because of its adventurous characteristics that I adore in books. In the book Moon goes through an epic adventure providing for himself and his 2 "friends". During the story some main characters are faced with obstacles that kept me on edge. I know this because the author kept the story going ...more
Bernard Adri
The book Alabama Moon by Watt Key is about a ten year old boy named Moon who has been living in the wilderness all his life with his Dad. Moon has only heard bad things about the outside world to him by his father who eventually dies and moon has been given orders by his dad to go to Alaska. But that will all change when Moon is caught by a police officer who takes him to a boy's orphanage. Moon doesn't like it their and has troubles fitting in a first. When becomes more friendly the boys start ...more
Jake Wavra
This book started out as a 3 star, moved up to a 4, and ended with a 5 star rating from me. I really enjoyed the author's portrayal of the the little boy, Moon, and his first person narration. Great illustrations of outdoor survival/backcountry living.
May 30, 2015 Trini rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Trini by: Christina
My best friend in school, Christina, recommended this to me one day. I took her advice and picked up this book. Then I had no time to read it, but now I've gone back to read it again because she pressured me to read it once more. Now, I don't really know what to think about this. I tried to love it. I really did. But something about it didn't click with me. Congrats, Alabama Moon, for being my first 2 star review.

Summary: Moon Blake is only ten years old when his father passes away due to an inf
I read this to Christine; it was one that made me look forward to our evening reading time. Original plot, and no stark characters. Parts are sad, parts are funny. Good ending.
A solid read for adolescents about independence and community, and survival in both, though hard to believe the protagonist is only 10 years old.
Alabama Moon is an excellent example of a survival story. Although it was boring in some parts I believe it is a great book for kids. The story teaches many useful life long lessons and advice. I felt like Watt Key portrayed Moon perfectly. His small but powerful attitude and atmosphere give the reader an intrigued experience. However, I didn't like the part in the book when he was in the foster home. I feel like the author could have done more to keep the author engaged. Overall, this book has ...more
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