Key, Watt. Alabama moon.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

KEY, Watt. Alabama moon. Macmillan, Square Fish. 298p. e2006. 978-0-312-38428-9. $6.99. JS*

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, September 2006: Moon Blake, the ten-year-old protagonist of this novel, is like an idiot savant. He's always lived in the wilderness with his anti-government, few-logs-short-of-a-campfire father. His contact with civilization consists of annual trips down from the mountain to trade animal skins for supplies in the village. All their other needs are met by taking advantage of nature's offerings. When the father has an accident he is unwilling to seer medical care, and dies from infection. Moon must bury him and find a way to Alaska where, according to the father, he'll find other people just like them. Moon has no sense of the modern world, geography, or social relationships. His chances of making it to Alaska from Alabama unimpeded are zero. Instead, he runs afoul of a corrupt cop, a boys' home, and a bully, but he makes friends with another...

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