Scat by Carl Hiaasen

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Bestselling author and columnist Carl Hiaasen returns with another hysterical mystery for kids set in Florida's Everglades.
 
Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, is missing. She disappeared after a school field trip to Black Vine Swamp. And, to be honest, the kids in her class are relieved.
 
But when the principal tries to tell the students that Mrs. Starch has been called away on a "family emergency," Nick and Marta just don't buy it. No, they figure the class delinquent, Smoke, has something to do with her disappearance.
 
And he does! But not in the way they think. There's a lot more going on in Black Vine Swamp than any one player in this twisted tale can see. And Nick and Marta will have to reckon with an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat named Chelsea, a wannabe Texas oilman, a singing substitute teacher, and a ticked-off Florida panther before they really begin to see the big picture.
 
That's life in the swamp, kids.


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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 January 7, 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 386 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hiaasen’s third outing for young readers might be a little slow in pacing and the character types might be recognizable to experienced readers, but fans of Hoot and Flush (2002, 2005) will not be disappointed by this funny, believable, environmentally friendly tween thriller.

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The New York Times

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Not many authors are equally successful at writing books for adults and children, but Carl Hiaasen seems to have made an effortless transition.

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The Guardian

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Scat, by Carl Hiaasen (Orion, £9.99) Like PG Wodehouse and Terry Pratchett, Carl Hiaasen always returns to the same fictional – or semi-fictionalised – world, but manages to unearth an apparently endless supply of convoluted plots and entertaining characters with improbable names.

Oct 17 2009 | Read Full Review of Scat

Examiner

One caveat: Although this book is located in the Juvenile section of the library, the language and violence in the book makes it more appropriate for readers older than ten.

May 29 2010 | Read Full Review of Scat

Christian Science Monitor

Scat, Carl Hiaasen’s new book for middle-graders, begins when Mrs. Bunny Starch and her students set out on a field trip to learn about Florida’s fauna and flora.

Feb 16 2009 | Read Full Review of Scat

The Bookbag

Yes Pages: 368 Date: September 2010 Publisher: Orion Children's Books ISBN: 978-1444000597 Nick and his friend Marta are ordinary kids.

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Teen Reads

The school's principal believes that Mrs. Starch is just taking a leave of absence, but Nick and Marta know better --- there's no way that super-dedicated Mrs. Starch would ever let a substitute take over her class for days at a time, especially one as weird and incompetent as Wendell Waxmo.

Jan 27 2009 | Read Full Review of Scat

Common Sense Media

When I was choosing a book to read I choosed the SCAT because even the cover looked mysterious and I thought I could read first few pages and if it was not good I could read other books.

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Common Sense Media

The actions Nick immediately takes to understand and support his father are concrete, believable, and highlight Nick's exceptional talent for empathy, a trait that comes into play in all of the various plot strands.

Jan 01 2009 | Read Full Review of Scat

Kidz World

During a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp, the most feared teacher at Truman School vanishes.

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Youth Services Book Review

The book Scat is definitely a book to be enjoyed.

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