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Alabama Moon by Watt Key
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Mar 31, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: teen
Read in May, 2007

Moon and his pap live in the forest in a hole in the ground. Though Moon's never known any other way, he does know how they live is different, and everything changes when the land around them begins to be sold. Suddenly, Moon's life turns upside down, as his father breaks his leg and dies from the wound, as he refuses to see a doctor. Moon is now property of the state until they can locate other relatives, and is sent to a boys' home. He can't stand being locked indoors, and devises an escape plan.

This fast paced adventure novel is a souped up version of My Side of the Mountain. Moon is a likable boy, and readers will thrill at everything he can accomplish while living in the wild, as well as all his escapes. This isn't an innocent novel, though, as there is harsh language, abuse and a deranged police officer who enjoys being in power. Moon's father, we learn by the end, was emotionally hurt by Vietnam, so he's given up on the government and society, and there is a happy ending for Moon (which feels a little forced, but it's not too far-fetched). An excellent book for that teen that loved Hatchet and Jean Craighead George's novels.

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