Alabama Moon

Alabama Moon

Alabama Moon

This action packed adventure set in rural Alabama revolves around Moon, a ten-year-old boy who has lived his entire life living off the land in the forest with his father, a Vietnam Veteran survivalist, who dislikes rules and distrusts the government. After his father dies from a broken leg, refusing to see a doctor, Moon is left on his own. Before his father died, he told Moon to go to Alaska so Moon sets out to do this, but folks have different ideas about what is right for Moon. When Moon makes his first friend, tastes his first sweet roll and begs to stay in jail saying it has the, “best bed he ever had”, he begins to wonder if everything his father told him was right. This first time novel by author Watt Key left a memorable character in Moon that will not easily be forgotten! Recommended by: Kimberly Andersen, West Indianapolis Library

You get a real sense of what it is to live off the land in this book. The author, Watt Key, lived for 14 days in an Alabama swamp as part of a school project so he knows what he’s talking about. This experience eventually lead to Mr. Key writing this story. Author: Watt Key

An Alabama Moon movie is coming, althought I don’t know when. Here is a video clip about the premiere on September 27, 2009.

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  1. Staff Recommend: Kimberly Andersen, West Indianapolis Library

    This action packed adventure set in rural Alabama revolves around Moon, a ten-year-old boy, who has lived his entire life living off the land in the forest with his father, a Vietnam Veteran survivalist, who dislikes rules and distrusts the government. After his father dies from a broken leg, refusing to see a doctor, Moon is left on his own. Before his father died, he told Moon to go to Alaska and he sets out to do this, but folks have different ideas of what is right for Moon. When Moon makes his first friend, tastes his first sweet roll and begs to stay in jail saying it was the, “best bed he ever had”, he begins to wonder if everything his father told him was right. This first time novel by author Watt Key left a memorable character in Moon that will not easily be forgotten!

  2. There IS an Alabama Moon movie, although I don’t know when it will be in theaters around here, or whether it will only come out on DVD. The premiere was September 27, 2009 in Birmingham, Alabama at The Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. I added the trailer to the blog post.

  3. Loved the book. I know its been made into a movie, but I can’t find it in any of the theatres in California or on dvd anywhere. Does anyone know where I can rent the movie? The book was one of the best I have ever read.

  4. I’m glad this question came up again. For a long time it was hard to find any information about this movie. Today, when I looked on the movie’s official website http://www.alabamamoonthemovie.net/en/press.php it says that the movie is going to appear at The Dallas International Film Festival in April 2010 and at the Omaha Film Festival in March of 2010. That is the first news I have heard about it in a long time. So, it’s still out there – perhaps it will be coming to theaters or to DVD soon.

  5. My 14 (almost 15-yr. old) picked this book out at Barnes and Noble, much better than all the fantasy that everybody else seems to be reading.

  6. If you liked Alabama Moon you might like Watt Key’s new book (2010) Dirt Road Home. It tells the story of Moon’s friend, Hal Mitchell.

  7. on amazon.com look up Alabama Moon and on may 29,2011 you can buy the movie for $19.99 and i just finished reading Alabama Moon in my class[6th]and i am reading Dirt Road Home/i just hated that Kit died in Alabama Moon/IT STILL ROCKS

  8. Huh – the Alabama Moon movie IS finally listed on Amazon (it comes out March 29, not May 29 though). @Cole – what did you think of Dirt Road Home?

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