Watt Key

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Albert Watkins Key, Jr., publishing under the name Watt Key, is an American award-winning fiction author from the South. A resident of Alabama, his debut novel Alabama Moon was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2006 and was the 2007 winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award for older readers. It received a 2006 Parents' Choice Award.[1] Key says that growing up relatively isolated in Point Clear, Alabama, a rural area, inspired him to develop his imagination in a way that led to his decision to write.[2] Alabama Moon has been translated and published in eight languages as of 2012.


  • American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
  • ABC E.B. White Read Aloud Award
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Book Sense Children's Pick
  • Parents' Choice Award Winner
  • VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
  • Alabama Children's Choice Book Award Master List
  • CA Silicon Valley Reads
  • California Young Reader Medal
  • California Young Reader Medal Master List
  • Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master List
  • Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List
  • Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List
  • Maine Student Book Award Master List
  • Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Master List
  • Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Master List
  • Missouri Truman Readers Award Master List
  • Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List
  • Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List

Published Works[edit]


  • Alabama Moon, 2006
  • Dirt Road Home, 2010
  • Fourmile, 2012
  • Terror at Bottle Creek, 2015
  • Among the Swamp People, 2015

Short Fiction[edit]

  • Leghorn, 2008
  • Texas Trip, 2009

Memoir, essays[edit]

  • Swamp Writer series, Mobile Bay Magazine, August 2012 - June 2014
  • Bay Boy series, Mobile Bay Magazine, July 2014 -


  • Alabama Moon, 2009
  • L.A. Dirt, 2012


  • Watt Key makes a brief cameo appearance in the feature film L.A. Dirt.
  • In addition to his writing, Watt Key founded and still maintains ownership in a successful computer software company.
  • When he was nineteen years old Watt received college credit for surviving two weeks in the wild with little more than a bow and arrows. The psychology department at Birmingham-Southern College helped him design the course. He lost fifteen pounds living off armadillos, snakes, and acorns. Watt often describes this experience as the genesis for his debut novel, ALABAMA MOON.


  1. ^ Alabama Moon, Parents' Choice. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
  2. ^ Paddock, Jennifer. (June 26, 2007) Writers in residence Garden & Gun Magazine. Retrieved 2008-08-05.

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