Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

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Unfortunately, Roy’s first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, if Dana hadn’t been sinking his thumbs into Roy’s temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is intriguing: he was running away from the school bus, carried no books, and–here’s the odd part–wore no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy’s trail. The chase introduces him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparkling tails.
Roy has most definitely arrived in Carl Hiaasen’s Florida.

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 10, 2002 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 304 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The fun lies in Hiaasen’s trademark twisted characters, including Dana Matherson, the class bully who regularly beats up on Roy and whose unwitting help Roy wickedly enlists;

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The Guardian

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It's this older boy who draws Roy into the business with the cute burrowing owls: he has taken it upon himself to sabotage the building of a new Mother Paula's All American House of Pancakes.

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Publishers Weekly

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"With a Florida setting and pro-environment, anti-development message, Hiaasen returns to familiar turf for his first novel for young readers," wrote PW .

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An ecological mystery, an endangered owl and three kids who care about the environment -- that is the heart of 'Hoot,' Carl Hiaasen's Newberry Honor-winning middle grade novel.

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Publisher's Summary: Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

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Book Reporter

Mr. and Mrs. Eberhardt worry about Roy and advise him, but ultimately, Roy figures out a successful plan on his own.

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Common Sense Media

I love all of CaRL hIAASENS books I would defitlently recommend this to your kids even you should read (10+) The book hoot by Carl Hiaasen is fantastic.

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Common Sense Media

Kid hero on his own, tough girl with heart of gold, check, check.

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Kidz World

Based on Carl Hiaasen's best-selling novel, Hoot follows the adventures of three teens who fight to save endangered owls from being bulldozed over.

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Arlington Library

While Roy, "the running boy", and Beatrice, a girl that goes to the same school as Roy, try to find out a way to stop the crazy Pancake House people from building they have to avoid being discovered, for they don't know how they will get themselves out of this one.

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Christianity Today

And instead of going to a hospital, a teen turns to Roy for medical help—even though Roy is neither a friend nor a doctor.

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SBY Teens

Curious about his situation Roy tries to tale him and soon discovers that he is not only a runaway that does not attend school but he is also the main culprit for a series of humorous setbacks that have taken place at a local construction site…like unscrewing and hiding all of the tractor seats s...

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