Hoot (Newbery Honor Book, 2003) by Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen shows the darker side of the Florida coast with wry humor in his bestselling mysteries.

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Hoot (Newbery Honor Book, 2003) by Carl Hiaasen


  • Hardcover: 304 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.01 x 8.46 x 5.80
  • Publisher: Knopf; (September 10, 2002)
  • ISBN: 0375821813

    Roy Eberhardt is the new kid--again. This time around it's Trace Middle School in humid Coconut Grove, Florida. But it's still the same old routine: table by himself at lunch, no real friends, and thick-headed bullies like Dana Matherson pushing him around. But if it wasn't for Dana Matherson mashing his face against the school bus window that one day, he might never have seen the tow-headed running boy. And if he had never seen the running boy, he might never have met tall, tough, bully-beating Beatrice. And if he had never met Beatrice, he might never have discovered the burrowing owls living in the lot on the corner of East Oriole Avenue. And if he had never discovered the owls, he probably would have missed out on the adventure of a lifetime. Apparently, bullies do serve a greater purpose in the scope of the universe. Because if it wasn't for Dana Matherson...

    In his first novel for a younger audience, Carl Hiaasen (Basket Case, etc.) plunges readers right into the middle of an ecological mystery, made up of endangered miniature owls, the Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House scheduled to be built over their burrows, and the owls' unlikely allies--three middle school kids determined to beat the screwed-up adult system. Hiaasen's tongue is firmly in cheek as he successfully cuts his slapstick sense of humor down to kid-size. Sure to be a hoot, er, hit with middle school mystery fans. (Ages 10 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert

    Reader Reviews
    Fun Summer Reading, August 19, 2003 Reviewer: Audra Koliba from Texas I just read ?Hoot? because my little brother had it lying around as part of his summer reading list. I actually read three of his summer books just because they all sucked me in within the first few pages. I am always disturbed when I hear people, adults and children alike, state that they hate to read. I wonder how anybody can hate to read when there are books like ?Hoot?. I immediately fell in love with Roy, the small, bullied kid who has such a great outlook on life. Maybe if more children read about a kid who was being pushed around but saw that he could endure and still be a productive individual, more people would come out in this world and feel as though they can contribute and are worth something to society. I thank Carl Hiaasen for a very entertaining and thought provoking read.

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