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Watt Key
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Born Albert Watkins Key, Jr.
(1970-10-28) October 28, 1970 (age 47)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Occupation Writer
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg  American
Alma mater Birmingham-Southern College
Notable worksAlabama Moon,( ISBN   978-0-374-30184-2 (1st edition hardback) [1]
Dirt Road Home, [2]
Fourmile [3]
Notable awards E.B. White Read-Aloud Award (2007) [4] [5] [6]
Spouse Katie Feore Key (1994-present)
Children 3

Albert Watkins Key, Jr., publishing under the name Watt Key, is an American fiction author. [7] [8] A resident of Alabama, [9] his debut novel Alabama Moon [10] 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. [11] [12] Alabama Moon has been translated and published in eight languages as of 2012. In 2015 Alabama Moon was listed by TIME Magazine as one of the top 100 young-adult books of all time. [13] [14]

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Debut novel first published by an author

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Alabama Moon was made into a 2009 feature film starring John Goodman. [15] [16] [17] [18]

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Personal life

Watt Key received his BA from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. He subsequently earned an MBA from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. While working as a computer programmer, he began submitting novels to major publishers in New York City. When he was 34 years he sold his debut novel, Alabama Moon, to publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Watt currently lives with his wife and three children in Mobile, Alabama.

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