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ISBN13: 9780374301842
ISBN10: 0374301840
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I could trap my own food and make my own clothes. I could find my way by the stars and make fire in the rain. Pap said he even figured I could whip somebody three times my size. He wasn't worried about me.

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, apparent 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.

In this compelling, action-packed book, Watt Key gives us the thrilling coming-of-age story of the unique and extremely appealing Moon.

Review:

"First-time author Key's absorbing survival tale features a 10-year-old hermit, who feels more at home among forest creatures than people. Raised in a primitive shelter deep in the Alabama woods, Moon Blake knows only two people: Pap, a Vietnam veteran holding a grudge against the government, and Mr. Abroscotto, the storekeeper in Gainsville who buys their vegetables and sells them provisions. After Pap dies, Moon fully intends to carry out his father's wishes by finding his way to Alaska, a place where 'no one would find him' and 'people could still make a living off trapping.' But the authorities want to make Moon a ward of the state. During a harrowing cat-and-mouse game against mean-spirited Constable Sanders, Moon gets a taste of society, and he even makes friends during his brief stint at a boys' home, where he carries out an escape plan and brings two boys back to the forest with him. Over time, however, Moon begins to question his father's lifestyle and beliefs, especially when his friend Kit takes ill and is in need of medical attention. Besides offering adventure, the book provides a detailed account of lessons Moon's father has taught him on being self-sufficient. If Moon emerges as too sociable and articulate a character for someone who has grown up in an isolated environment, he remains likable; readers will admire his ability to outwit authority figures. Ages 10-up." Publishrers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Moon is a wonderful character who can do just about anything, and the reader pulls for him to find his place in the world." Children's Literature

Review:

"The survival skills portrayed...will please adventure fans. Moon endures so much that the rosy ending, although a bit contrived, seems fitting and forgivable." VOYA

Review:

"Moon learns that the world his father retreated from is black and white and every shade of gray. There are no easy answers to how to survive in such a world, but, for certain, Moon will find a way." KLIATT

Review:

"The language is in keeping with the characters' personalities and the situations. Although Moon is only 10, older readers will also enjoy the book and will better understand the adults' perspectives." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

After losing his father, a boy has to find a way to survive on his own.

Synopsis:

I could trap my own food and make my own clothes. I could find my way by the stars and make fire in the rain. Pap said he even figured I could whip somebody three times my size. He wasnt worried about me.

 

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 Moons father dies, Moon follows his fathers last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesnt know or understand, apparent 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.

 

In this compelling, action-packed book, Watt Key gives us the thrilling coming-of-age story of the unique and extremely appealing Moon.

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

Synopsis:

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 Moons father dies, Moon follows his fathers last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesnt know or understand; hes 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.
 
Alabama Moon is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author

Watt Key is a first-time author. He lives in southern Alabama with his family.

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kimmiedawn13, April 26, 2009 (view all comments by kimmiedawn13)
Alabama Moon is a delightful and thrilling read. Writer Watt Key is able to grasp a flood of all emotions from laughter, worry, compassion and sorrow from its reader. There are many things that we can all learn from 10 year old Moon's story. I highly recommend this book to all ages.
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kate5thgrade, January 8, 2009 (view all comments by kate5thgrade)
i loved this book it was very good i am 10 years old
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374301842
Author:
Key, Watt
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Wilderness survival
Subject:
Bullies
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Family/Orphans
Subject:
Foster Homes
Subject:
Action
Subject:
Adventure/General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Subject:
Social Issues - Bullying
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.76 x 5.42 x 0.9 in
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 320 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374301842 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "First-time author Key's absorbing survival tale features a 10-year-old hermit, who feels more at home among forest creatures than people. Raised in a primitive shelter deep in the Alabama woods, Moon Blake knows only two people: Pap, a Vietnam veteran holding a grudge against the government, and Mr. Abroscotto, the storekeeper in Gainsville who buys their vegetables and sells them provisions. After Pap dies, Moon fully intends to carry out his father's wishes by finding his way to Alaska, a place where 'no one would find him' and 'people could still make a living off trapping.' But the authorities want to make Moon a ward of the state. During a harrowing cat-and-mouse game against mean-spirited Constable Sanders, Moon gets a taste of society, and he even makes friends during his brief stint at a boys' home, where he carries out an escape plan and brings two boys back to the forest with him. Over time, however, Moon begins to question his father's lifestyle and beliefs, especially when his friend Kit takes ill and is in need of medical attention. Besides offering adventure, the book provides a detailed account of lessons Moon's father has taught him on being self-sufficient. If Moon emerges as too sociable and articulate a character for someone who has grown up in an isolated environment, he remains likable; readers will admire his ability to outwit authority figures. Ages 10-up." Publishrers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Moon is a wonderful character who can do just about anything, and the reader pulls for him to find his place in the world."
"Review" by , "The survival skills portrayed...will please adventure fans. Moon endures so much that the rosy ending, although a bit contrived, seems fitting and forgivable."
"Review" by , "Moon learns that the world his father retreated from is black and white and every shade of gray. There are no easy answers to how to survive in such a world, but, for certain, Moon will find a way."
"Review" by , "The language is in keeping with the characters' personalities and the situations. Although Moon is only 10, older readers will also enjoy the book and will better understand the adults' perspectives."
"Synopsis" by ,
After losing his father, a boy has to find a way to survive on his own.
"Synopsis" by ,
I could trap my own food and make my own clothes. I could find my way by the stars and make fire in the rain. Pap said he even figured I could whip somebody three times my size. He wasnt worried about me.

 

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 Moons father dies, Moon follows his fathers last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesnt know or understand, apparent 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.

 

In this compelling, action-packed book, Watt Key gives us the thrilling coming-of-age story of the unique and extremely appealing Moon.

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

"Synopsis" by ,
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 Moons father dies, Moon follows his fathers last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesnt know or understand; hes 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.
 
Alabama Moon is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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