Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Watt Key

Who says that there are no books for boys out there?? If you are looking for a really, really great "boy" book, read Watt Key's award winning book Alabama Moon.

As part of our book conference, several wonderful groups within our community also brought in an author to speak to the ninth graders (see our previous post about the fifth grade author Ingrid Law).

Watt Key started his speech with a completely gross story about trying to go out into the woods and live off the land . . . he ate a cottonmouth snake. And, it was
still squirming around after he had cooked it. And, while he was eating it. Yeah . . .gross. Naturally, he had those ninth graders' attention from the get-go!

Alabama Moon tells the story of a boy who is the son of an anti-government Vietnam vet. His mother had died when he was two-years-old, and the boy had been living with his father in the woods in Alabama his whole life. When the boy's father dies, Moon has to survive on his own, eventually returning to the society he has feared his whole life. But, he does so, as (in Watt's words) "a total badass".

This is a beautifully written book that is full of all things "Southern boy"--guns, snakes, adventure, jails and trucks. But, I have to confess that this Southern belle absolutely loved it. I was right there with Moon, feeling every bit of his confusion, instinctive reactions, and general "badassness".

Put it in your must read pile, and you should also add the companion book Dirt Road Home which will be coming out in July.



Little Ms J said...

Hm. I don't know about the snake sandwich, but I'm all in for the badassness. To my TBR pile!

Sharon Mayhew said...

It sounds like an awesome book! I'll have to put it on my TBP list (to be purchased).

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Sounds like HATCHET, a book I love.

Will look into it!

Katie said...

Oh man. Watt was one of the most entertaining speakers I've ever heard!!!!! What a story.

I haven't read the book but I'm dying to now. His speech was hysterical - and grossly fun at the same time.

Loved it!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oooo, I love boy books! They're my favorite. Thanks for the suggestion - I'm on it. :-)

Rick said...

Sounds interesting even for an old guy like me.

Lisa and Laura said...

SOLD! Can't wait to read it.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Checked this out yesterday and am loving it. Thanks!

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