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Albert Watkins Key, Jr., publishing under the name Watt Key, is an award-winning southern fiction author. He grew up and currently lives in southern Alabama with his wife and family. Watt spent much of his childhood hunting and fishing the forests of Alabama which inspired his debut novel, ALABAMA MOON, published to national acclaim in 2006. ALABAMA MOON won the 2007 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award, the 2006 Parent's Choice Gold Award and has been translated into seven languages. The companion novel, DIRT ROAD HOME, was published in 2010. Key's third novel, FOURMILE, which has already earned a coveted STARRED REVIEW from Kirkus Reviews is was releaased in 2012. He is hard at work on a brand new novel!

Alabama Moon and Awards"Excellent. A terrific choice for reluctant readers." —Starred, Booklist

"An unusual coming-of-age story." —The New York Times Book Review

"A winningly fresh look at life and culture almost never seen in children's books." —The Horn Book

"Key writes honestly about hunting, trapping and the hardships of survival in this rather unusual coming-of-age story." —Kirkus Reviews

"Well written with a flowing style, plenty of dialogue, and lots of action." —School Library Journal

"Absorbing." —Publishers Weekly


Dirt Road Home"The tension, positioning, threats, and shifting alliances among the boys are believable and will hook readers." —School Library Journal

"Key nicely paces his tale, steadily building the tension . . . . There's more than enough action to keep the fidgitiest adolescent boy glued to the page here." —Mobile Press-Register

"With authentic characters and a candid first-person narrative, Key's story offers a disturbing appraisal of life in a juvenile facility, and a riveting battle for justice." —Publishers Weekly



Fourmile by Watt Key
FOURMILE earned a coveted STARRED REVIEW from Kirkus Reviews!

"Key (Alabama Moon, 2006, etc.) has crafted another powerful, riveting coming-of-age tale that doesn’t stint on violence to advance the action... Deeply moving and fast-paced, this life-affirming effort is a worthy addition to the bookshelves of sturdy readers." —Kirkus Reviews

"Like Moon, the protagonist of Key’s Alabama Moon, 12-year-old country boy Foster is a rough-edged hero with a barrelful of troubles and a large, compassionate heart.... Key masterfully unveils secrets, leading up to an explosive climax that tests the courage of everyone involved. Suspenseful and introspective, Key’s novel is an intimate portrait of the messy complexities of modern small-town life."  —Publisher's Weekly, Children's Reviews