Flush by Carl Hiaasen

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Bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen is back with another hysterical mystery adventure for young readers, set in the Florida Keys.

You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.

Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor–which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can't prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah's dad is stuck in the clink.

Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally . . . somehow. His allies may not add up to much–his sister Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter; Lice Peeking, a greedy sot with poor hygiene; Shelly, a bartender and a woman scorned; and a mysterious pirate–but Noah's got a plan to flush this crook out into the open. A plan that should sink the crooked little casino, once and for all.

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About Carl Hiaasen

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Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Then it was hunt-and-peck stories about neighborhood kickball and softball games. Now Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Sick Puppy and Nature Girl.Hoot, Hiaasen's first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. And Flush, his second book for kids, spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list. You can read more about Hiaasen's work at www.carlhiaasen.com.
Published September 13, 2005 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 272 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The whole here is rather less than the sum of its parts, as the plot takes some time to take off and Noah’s first-person narration necessarily limits the loony heights (or depths) Hiaasen can attain in plumbing the psyches of his villains.

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Flush by Carl Hiaasen 304pp, Doubleday, £12.99 If I summarise this book, it will sound like something the Children's Film Foundation might come up with if Greenpeace had gone to them for some agitprop: a gambling mogul saves money by discharging toilet waste from his floating casino on to an unsp...

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Miami Herald reporter Carl Hiaasen has been writing comic crime novels for adults since 1986, but in 2002, he found that his blend of narrative whimsy, creeps-vs.-crusaders sensibility, and pro-nature messages were tailor-made for children's books as well, and his first young-readers novel, Hoot,...

Oct 26 2005 | Read Full Review of Flush

USA Today

A young boy named Noah and his little sister, Abbey, live with their sensible mother and their idealistic, impassioned father.The book opens with Noah visiting his father, who is in jail for sinking a floating gambling casino.Dad sunk the boat because the vile owner is emptying the casino toilets...

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Teen Reads

Noah and Abbey also receive help from some unlikely sources including "Lice" Peeking, a former worker on the Coral Queen;

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Common Sense Media

But with everyone mad at their father, hired goons guarding the refloated boat, members of local law enforcement paid off by the owner, and the owner's son beating up on Noah, getting that proof looks well-nigh impossible.

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Flush is a story that revolves around the author’s concern for the environment and the book is aimed for the young readers.

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When Noah goes to visit his dad, Paine claims that the captain of the Coral Queen, Jasper “Dusty” Muleman, was dumping sewage from the boat’s holding tanks into the ocean.

Dec 18 2005 | Read Full Review of Flush

Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

I would recommend it to young and older adult readers alike, especially those who like funny mysteries and who enjoyed either Hoot or Hiaasen’s other delightful novels.

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