Book Reviews of Alabama Moon

Alabama Moon
Alabama Moon
Author: Watt Key
ISBN-13: 9780374301842
ISBN-10: 0374301840
Publication Date: 9/5/2006
Pages: 304
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed this book. The characters were engaging and the story of Moon was appealing and yet wasnt overly "cute" . He had quirks as most young boys do. I feel the ending was wrapped up alittle to "nice" though.
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Reviewed by Grandma Bev for TeensReadToo.com

Watt Key has introduced an unforgettable character in ten-year-old Moon Blake. He has lived in the wilderness with his father for as long as he can remember. Moon's father is anti-government and they live a reclusive life, surviving on what they can trap and raise with just an occasional trip to the little country general store. When Moon's father suffers a broken leg, and refuses to seek medical help, his subsequent death leaves Moon alone. Moon manages to see to his wilderness burial, but following his father's instructions to go to Alaska and find others that live their way of life is more difficult. While Moon is very resourceful, he doesn't understand the ways of the modern world and has no idea where Alaska is, or how to get there. The attorney that recently purchased the land where Moon and his father lived believes that he is doing the best thing for Moon, and turns him over to a boys home.

Moon is determined to escape and so he and two other boys manage steal a bus and run away. Moon's survival skills keep them one step ahead of the abusive and determined constable and out of jail. Moon has a chance to learn firsthand about what friendship means and to be able to interact with boys his own age for the first time. The boys are very sympathetic characters...even the bloodhound sent to track them down decides to join them.

Moon begins to question the lessons his father taught him about how bad the government is and to question even his father's lifestyle. Moon is a character that I'll never forget. This action-packed story is filled with chases, captures, and escapes. If you want to encourage reluctant readers, give them this exciting first novel by Watt Key. I'm hoping for another story...Moon is just too good a character to not have a sequel.
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Great story about a boy raised by his father in the woods of Ala. When the father dies the boy Moon is left alone to me his way in a world he has never seen much less knows about. Wonderful story! I loved it!
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Reviewed by Grandma Bev for TeensReadToo.com

Watt Key has introduced an unforgettable character in ten-year-old Moon Blake. He has lived in the wilderness with his father for as long as he can remember. Moon's father is anti-government and they live a reclusive life, surviving on what they can trap and raise with just an occasional trip to the little country general store. When Moon's father suffers a broken leg, and refuses to seek medical help, his subsequent death leaves Moon alone. Moon manages to see to his wilderness burial, but following his father's instructions to go to Alaska and find others that live their way of life is more difficult. While Moon is very resourceful, he doesn't understand the ways of the modern world and has no idea where Alaska is, or how to get there. The attorney that recently purchased the land where Moon and his father lived believes that he is doing the best thing for Moon, and turns him over to a boys home.

Moon is determined to escape and so he and two other boys manage steal a bus and run away. Moon's survival skills keep them one step ahead of the abusive and determined constable and out of jail. Moon has a chance to learn firsthand about what friendship means and to be able to interact with boys his own age for the first time. The boys are very sympathetic characters...even the bloodhound sent to track them down decides to join them.

Moon begins to question the lessons his father taught him about how bad the government is and to question even his father's lifestyle. Moon is a character that I'll never forget. This action-packed story is filled with chases, captures, and escapes. If you want to encourage reluctant readers, give them this exciting first novel by Watt Key. I'm hoping for another story...Moon is just too good a character to not have a sequel.
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Although this book is allegedly set in Alabama, the procedural aspects of this book are so flawed that if the circumstances had occurred anywhere in the United States virtually every adult in the book would be subject to civil liability and/or criminal prosecution. This dreck is so completely and unremittingly wrong that there would only be two reasons to have your child read it: 1) to use it asa teaching tool to show how the legal system really works in this nation or 2) to scare the bejezus out of a child who has outgrown the "monsters under the bed" stage. How this got past any editor with the slightest concept of American civics is beyond me.