Alabama Moon by Watt Key

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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; he’s 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 Watt Key

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WATT KEY lives in southern Alabama with his family. Fourmile is his third book. You can visit him on the Web at and!/pages/Watt-Key/166702308308.
Published August 3, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 320 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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All his life, Moon Blake has lived with his reclusive father, Oliver, on a remote tract of land in the woods surviving only on what they trap and grow.

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Birmingham Public Library

Early in the tale, we learn that Moon Blake and his father live together in the Alabama woods to avoid the government.

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