Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Alabama Moon (Albama Moon, #1)” as Want to Read:
Alabama Moon (Albama Moon, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Alabama Moon (Alabama Moon #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  3,288 Ratings  ·  521 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Square Fish (first published January 4th 2004)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Alabama Moon, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Nathan Adams
Feb 14, 2017 Nathan Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Afraid of the government and wanting to go to Alaska that is thousands of miles away. only having some food a rifle and a wheelbarrow. you get caught a few times and are in jail. this is what happened to the protagonist in the story Alabama moon. I highly recommend this book to readers that like adventure, action, and survival.
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
Jan 16, 2012 Malbadeen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2013 Dalton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Danielle Estrada
Aug 28, 2015 Danielle Estrada rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book that I am currently reading is Alabama Moon and it is about a boy named Moon and his Pap. They find a place to live but instead Moon has to go to a boys home because he was in the woods and his Pap died from an infection in his foot. He meets some boys in the boys home.
Then Hal, Kit, and Moon decide to escape from the boys home, so they did.
I don't like this book because it doesn't have any action in it or comedy, and I usually prefer mysteries. It's boring because it’s sad because th
Nov 09, 2014 Yuyu_reads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Alison Strandell
Nov 06, 2016 Alison Strandell rated it liked it
I chose to read this book in honor of my teammate who loves it - Lauren Waters. :) I think that boys in particular would connect to this all-male character list, starring 10 year old ward of the state Moon Blake. Between living in the forest, to being held in a boys home, to breaking out and living in the wild again, there is never a dull moment. It is also interesting to watch Moon's friendships with Hal and Kit develop, since friends are really all he has. Finally, knowing that a ten year old ...more
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
i love the plot of the book. It is a baller book and the end is sad. The ending is the best part of the book and it makes you enjoy your family. I can see why this book is rated so good by all the critics.
Brook Chromy
Aug 25, 2015 Brook Chromy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot is that Moon parents died the mom died of some kind of sickness, the dad dies of an infection of the leg. The beginning takes place in a shelter in the woods. Moon’s dad hated the government and when he had the infection in his leg he told Moon to go to Alaska. Moon does not go to school and does not go into town. The only person that they trust is Mr. Abroscotto. He works at a convenience store near where they live. When his dad dies he took a wheelbarrow and put his dad in it and too ...more
David Barajas
Oct 15, 2012 David Barajas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dec 06, 2010 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mrs. Strudthoff
Nov 14, 2013 Mrs. Strudthoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Eric Keck
Jan 13, 2016 Eric Keck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Alabama Moon" by Watt Key is a book that couldn't really interest me from it's blurb. But I must say that once I read a few chapters I realized how strong this book is. By which I mean that it has such a great message which is clearly expressed by Watt Key. And that message is; One does not need much to captivate his/her life, all you need is skill, responsibility, independence, and appreciation of what you have. I find this message to be perfect regarding the fact that this book was made for y ...more
Ani Abgaryan
Mar 09, 2014 Ani Abgaryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sara Jacobs
Sep 02, 2015 Sara Jacobs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading Alabama Moon in reading class with my teacher and classmates. It is a very good book. It’s a good book because it’s funny when it comes to Sanders trying to find Moon and the other boys.
The plot of the book is Moon is a little boy who lived in a forest with his dad. Before his dad died he told Moon to got Alaska to live with people who were just like them. On his way there he got caught by Constable Sanders and they took him to jail. After he left the jail they took him to
Feb 10, 2010 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nik Garcia
Aug 25, 2015 Nik Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moon’s Pap died after he had a broken leg. He got taken to Pinson, which is a boys’ home by a man named Sanders who is the Constable of Sumter County. While in Pinson, he met Kit and Hal. Then they eventually escaped into the wilderness. Then after a couple weeks Hal was getting sick of living out there with Kit and Moon. He decided to leave and we haven’t seen him since. Now Sanders is back and Moon set a trap and he toppled down a hill. Currently we are at the point where Kit gets sick. Moon g ...more
Dec 05, 2010 Viktoria rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, children
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
Mr. Holt
"Alabama Moon" by Watt Key tells the story of a teenage boy raised in the forests of Alabama by his eccentric father. The author did a fine job crafting a coming-of-age adventure story about a boy finding his place in the world after his father dies and he is left alone in the woods. It's a cross between a buddy story and a wilderness adventure saga. The writing style makes it an easy read while also allowing for vivid imagery to be constructed in the reader's mind. Despite the trouble Moon caus ...more
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
Jul 14, 2012 Julie Cotton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~ 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 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
Aug 04, 2016 Greydan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alabama Moon is an incredibly captivating book to anyone with even the slightest interest in the outdoors. The story of a young boy and his countless enemies and loyal friends along with his immense knowledge of the wilderness will keep you on the edge of your seat. Watt Key's style of writing keeps the plot moving and the reader guessing until the very last page. On the top of my favorites list.
Moon Blake, ten years old, lives in the wilderness of Alabama with his father, who mistrusts the government and teaches Moon how to live off the land and prepare for war when it comes. When his father dies, Moon sets out for Alaska, unable to accept that he should find other people to take care of him.

Watt Key creates an exciting story of a lost child and his search for a home. Part Pictures of Hollis Woods, part Hatchet-- my students will love this book when I share it with them this fall.
Wayne brown
May 02, 2012 Wayne brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jake Wavra
Oct 16, 2012 Jake Wavra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jeff Mere
Nov 01, 2016 Jeff Mere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, especially for reluctant readers.
Nov 18, 2008 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A solid read for adolescents about independence and community, and survival in both, though hard to believe the protagonist is only 10 years old.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Black Duck
  • Oh Rats! The Story of Rats and People
  • Night of the Howling Dogs
  • When I Crossed No-Bob
  • Heart of a Shepherd
  • North
  • The Great Wide Sea
  • Kimchi & Calamari
  • Black Storm Comin'
  • Reaching for Sun
  • The Year the Swallows Came Early
  • Trouble
  • Crossing the Wire
  • A Drowned Maiden's Hair
  • Bone by Bone by Bone
  • Home of the Brave
  • Adam Canfield of the Slash
  • First Light

Other Books in the Series

Alabama Moon (2 books)
  • Dirt Road Home (Alabama Moon, #2)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »