Albert Watkins Key, Jr., publishing under the name Watt Key, is an award-winning southern fiction author. While enjoyed by all ages, his novels are widely used in elementary and middle grade classrooms for their success with young reluctant male readers.

His debut novel, ALABAMA MOON, was published to international acclaim in 2006. ALABAMA MOON won the 2007 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award, the 2006 Parent’s Choice Gold Award. is listed on the ‘100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time’ list by Time Magazine, and has been translated into eight languages. The companion novel, DIRT ROAD HOME, was published in 2010. Key’s third novel, FOURMILE, was released in 2012 and earned STARRED REVIEWS from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and more.

His newest novels, AMONG THE SWAMP PEOPLE and TERROR AT BOTTLE CREEK, were released in September, 2015 and January, 2016 respectively.