- Shelley Lantz
Alabama Moon, by Watt Key, is a great adventure tale. The story starts with Moon on his own--completely on his own. His dad, who has just died, was a recluse who hid in the woods and had very little contact with the outside world. He raised Moon to be suspicious of people and to trust his own skills for survival. But Moon is only 10 years old when he is left all alone, and he questions what his father has taught him. Can he survive and build a life for himself? Is that the life he wants? Is there anyone he can trust? He ends up getting caught by "Authorities" and is sent to an institution for troubled youth. But, they can't keep him for long. He escapes! And is on the run...
Alabama Moon is on the “Good Reading” list for grade 6, but older and younger kids will really like it, too. It is high adventure and definitely a story boys would enjoy, especially if they like hunting, camping, etc. It reminded me a little of Maniac Magee, so if you are a fan of Spinelli you may like this, too. It is a great book for tween readers. Even though the character is ten, older tweens will enjoy the adventure and the outdoor setting.