Hoot

Author Hiaasen, Carl.
Language English
Publisher
Leamington Spa: Scholastic, 2007




Annotation:

4-6



Subjects :

  • Juvenile fiction
  • Fiction
  • Owls
  • Burrowing owl
  • Bullying
  • Environmental protection
  • Teenage boys

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Best Books :

  • Best Children's Books of the Year, 2003 Bank Street College of Education
  • Capitol Choices, 2002 The Capitol Choices Committee
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, Supplement, 2003 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Choices, 2003 Cooperative Children's Book Center
  • Great Middle School Reads, 2004 ALSC American Library Association
  • Looking at the Enviroment, 2004 Bank Street College of Education
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Eighth Edition, 2003 H.W. Wilson
  • Notable Children's Books, 2003 ALSC American Library Association
  • Smithsonian Magazine's Notable Books for Children, 2002 Smithsonian
  • Teachers' Choices, 2003 International Reading Association
  • Teen Read Week: Get Active, 2006 American Library Association
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2003 American Library Association
  • Young Adults' Choices, 2004 International Reading Association

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 2003 Winner United States
  • Agatha Award, 2002 Nominee Unites States
  • American Booksellers Book Sense Book of the Year (ABBY) Award, 2003 Finalist United States
  • Blue Hen Book Award, 2004 Nominee Delaware
  • Borders Original Voices Award, 2002 Finalist United States
  • Cuffies: Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2002 Honorable Mention United States
  • Cuffies: Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2002 Winner United States
  • Cuffies: Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2002 Winner United States
  • Golden Archer Award, 2007 Winner Wisconsin
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 2006 2nd Runner-up Wyoming
  • John Newbery Medal, 2003 Honor Book United States
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2005 Honor Book Massachusetts
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 2006 Winner Minnesota
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award, 2006 Winner United States
  • Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 2004 Winner Pennsylvania
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 2005 Winner Illinois
  • SEBA Book Award, 2003 Winner United States
  • White Ravens Award, 2003 Winner United States
  • Young Reader's Choice Award, 2005 3rd Place Pacific Northwest
  • Askews Torchlight Children's Book Award, 2004 Shortlist United Kingdom

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Arizona Young Readers' Award, 2005; Nominee Arizona
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 2004-2005; Nominee Maryland
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2005-2006; Nominee Colorado
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 2003-2004; Nominee Vermont
  • Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 2004-2005; Nominee North Dakota
  • Garden State Teen Book Award, 2005; Nominee New Jersey
  • Golden Archer Award, 2006-2007; Nominee Wisconsin
  • Golden Sower Award, 2004-2005; Nominee Nebraska
  • Great Lakes Great Books Award, 2005; Nominee Michigan
  • Great Stone Face Award, 2003-2004; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 2005-2006; Nominee Wyoming
  • Iowa Teen Award, 2005-2006; Nominee Iowa
  • Lone Star Reading List, 2003-2004; Texas
  • Mark Twain Award, 2004-2005; Nominee Missouri
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2004-2005; Nominee Massachusetts
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 2005-2006; Nominee Minnesota
  • Nene Award, 2005; Nominee Hawaii
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award, 2006; Nominee Connecticut
  • Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 2003-2004; Nominee Pennsylvania
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 2005; Nominee Illinois
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award, 2004; Nominee Rhode Island
  • Sequoyah Book Award, 2004-2005; Nominee Oklahoma
  • Sunshine State Young Reader's Award, 2003-2004; Nominee Florida
  • Voice of Youth Award, 2004-2005; Nominee Illinois
  • West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA), 2004; Nominee Australia
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2004-2005; Master List Kansas
  • Wisconsin Battle of the Books, 2006; Booklist Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Battle of the Books, 2010-2011; Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Battle of the Books, 2010-2011; Wisconsin
  • Young Hoosier Book Award, 2005-2006; Nominee Indiana
  • Young Reader's Choice Award, 2005; Nominee Pacific Northwest
  • Maine Student Book Award, 2003-2004; Nominee Maine

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Reading Measurement Programs:


9780375821813, 0375921818, 0375821813, 9780375921810
Alfred A. Knopf: (New York:) 2002.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.2
Accelerated Reader Points 9

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 760
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 15


0375829164, 9780375829161
Alfred A. Knopf (New York:) 2004.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.2
Accelerated Reader Points 9

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 15

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Reviews :

Mary Jane (BookHive (www.bookhive.org))
It's never easy being the new kid. Roy Eberhardt should know since Trace Middle in Coconut Grove, Florida is his sixth school since kindergarten. It's always the same - sitting alone at lunch, no real friends and some dim-witted bully picking on him. Boring! But everything changes when he spots the mysterious running boy. In searching for the boy, he runs into some pretty quirky characters, including a barefooted eco-terroist, a tough tire-chomping girl and some potty- trained alligators. This hilarious adventure turns into a rescue mission as Roy and his new friends fight to save an endangered species. Category: Adventure; Humor; Mystery; Realistic Fiction. Grade Level: Intermediate (4th-6th grade). 2002, Alfred A. Knopf. Ages 9 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

Bill Ott (Booklist, Oct. 15, 2002 (Vol. 99, No. 4))
It seems unlikely that the master of noir-tinged, surrealistic black humor would write a novel for young readers. And, yet, there has always been something delightfully juvenile about Hiaasen's imagination; beneath the bent cynicism lurks a distinctly 12-year-old cackle. In this thoroughly engaging tale of how middle-schooler Roy Eberhardt, new kid in Coconut Cove, learns to love South Florida, Hiaasen lets his inner kid run rampant, both the subversive side that loves to see grown-ups make fools of themselves and the righteously indignant side, appalled at the mess being made of our planet. When Roy teams up with some classic children's lit outsiders to save the home of some tiny burrowing owls, the stage is set for a confrontation between right-thinking kids and slow-witted, wrongheaded civic boosters. But Hiaasen never lets the formula get in his way; the story is full of offbeat humor, buffoonish yet charming supporting characters, and genuinely touching scenes of children enjoying the wildness of nature. He deserves a warm welcome into children's publishing. Category: Books for Middle Readers--Fiction. 2002, Knopf, $15.95. Gr. 5-8.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
Carl Hiaasen masters the genre best in his literary romp, Hoot. Children will relate to his hero, Roy Eberhardt. Roy, new to Florida and middle school, runs into a nasty bully the first time he takes the school bus. He has moved a lot and is used to these situations, so he stares out the window and dreams of his Montana past. Then, he sees a mysterious figure--a boy running barefoot with such speed and agility, Roy is fascinated and decides he must find out about this strange child. Hiaasen plays another successful kid-card when he sets up this mystery. The child is Mullet Hands, a young outlaw who can catch fish in his bare hands, escape bumbling law officials, and won't tell anyone his name. Mullet Hands is determined to protect owls endangered by the construction of a Mother Paula's Pancake House. Hiaasen most definitely has a message. But it is integral to the way Roy grows and changes, and mystery definitely comes before moral. Hiassen has kid-speak right. He sees humor easily and knows about bullies. And what child wouldn't love a book where the mysterious underdog places alligators in the bad guys' porta-potty? Hiassen succeeds so well, he should give his colleagues a little free advice. His fellow authors don't need much, just a reminder to follow the rules that have given them recognition. After all, they probably wouldn't put up with much. Adults like lecturing even less than young adults. 2002, Knopf, $15.98. Ages 9 up.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

Maria Salvadore (Children's Literature)
Roy Eberhart is again the new kid, this time at Trace Middle School in Coconut Cove, Florida. It is very different from the Montana home that Roy loved, but his father's job causes the family to move often. In fact, this is Roy's sixth school since he started and his tenth town since he could remember. Sly humor is the hallmark of this fast-paced novel. The southwest Florida setting is complete with heat, humidity, pop-up thunderstorms, alligators and small burrowing owls that may be devastated by the construction of a new Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House. Roy, with the tacit and active support of his parents, ultimately overcomes apathy, greedy politicians, and a menacing pancake executive to save the owls. Along the way he overcomes his tormenter, solves the mystery of the mysterious boy, and establishes himself in his new school. The episodic plot provides a vehicle to allow readers to meet and come to know a wide range of quirky, memorable, consistently well developed characters that include Dana, the not-too-bright bully who torments Roy; ambitious Officer Delinko trying to solve the mysterious goings-on at the construction site; and soccer playing Beatrice Leep and her baffling brother. Even the title is sly, as the novel is a "hoot" in more ways than one and will be enjoyed on several levels. 2002, Knopf/Random House, $15.95. Ages 11 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 2003)
Best-selling author for adults Carl Hiaasen has taken his distinctive over-the-top portrayal of south Florida's petty criminal low-life to a new and younger audience. Hiassen strikes just the right tone in this story of middle-schoolers fighting big business to preserve a habitat for burrowing owls. The construction site for a new Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House appears to be just another vacant lot, but a renegade adolescent known as Mullet Fingers recognizes that the area harbors underground dens for burrowing owls, which will be destroyed by development. He single-handedly attempts to sabotage the site by pulling up survey stakes, putting alligators in the port-a-potties, and letting loose a posse of cottonmouth snakes (albeit with their mouths taped shut) to delay work. He's joined in his crusade by a recent newcomer to Florida, a lonely teenager named Roy, and Mullet Finger's no-nonsense, soccer-playing sister Beatrice. Together they conspire to protect the owls, both by creatively disrupting construction and by raising awareness of Mother Paula's under-handed attempt to bypass a required Environmental Impact Study. Although Mullet Finger's acts of vandalism are illegal, his intentions are undeniably sterling, and readers cannot help but cheer him on. The kids are clever, the dialogue is witty, and almost all of the adults (with the notable exception of Chuck Muckle, Mother Paula's sleazy company V.P.) turn out to have at least one redeeming quality. Chuck Muckle and a few minor local officials are unmasked as money-grubbing villains, and the owls are saved, in a humorous and satisfying conclusion. CCBC categories: Fiction For Children; Fiction For Young Adults; Issues In Today's World. 2002, Alfred A. Knopf, 292 pages, $15.95. Ages 11-15.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2002 (Vol. 70, No. 14))
The straight-arrow son of a maybe-federal agent (he's not quite sure) turns eco-terrorist in this first offering for kids from one of detective fiction's funniest novelists. Fans of Hiaasen's (Basket Case, 2001, etc.) novels for adults may wonder how well his profane and frequently kinky writing will adapt to a child's audience; the answer is, remarkably well. Roy Eberhardt has recently arrived in Florida; accustomed to being the new kid after several family moves, he is more of an observer than a participant. When he observes a bare-footed boy running through the subdivisions of Coconut Grove, however, he finds himself compelled to follow and, later, to ally himself with the strange boy called Mullet Fingers. Meanwhile, the dimwitted but appealingly dogged Officer Delinko finds himself compelled to crack the case of the mysterious vandals at the construction site of a new Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House-it couldn't have anything to do with those cute burrowing owls, could it? The plot doesn't overwhelm with surprises; even the densest readers will soon suss out the connections between Mullet Fingers, the owls, and Mother Paula's steadfast denial of the owls' existence. 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; Beatrice Leep, Mullet Fingers's fiercely loyal sister and co-conspirator; Curly, Mother Paula's hilariously inept foreman; and Roy's equally straight-arrow parents, who encourage him to do the right thing without exactly telling him how. Roy is rather surprisingly engaging, given his utter and somewhat unnatural wholesomeness; it's his kind of determined innocence that sees through the corruption and compromises of the adult world to understand what must be done to make things right. If the ending is somewhat predictable, it is also entirely satisfying-Hoot is, indeed, a hoot. 2002, Knopf, $15.95. Category: Fiction. Ages 10 to 14. © 2002 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

Paula Rohrlick (KLIATT Review, September 2002 (Vol. 36, No. 5))
Hiaasen, a columnist for the Miami Herald and the author of many best-selling novels for adults about the wild and wacky side of the state of Florida, offers a hoot of a read here in his first novel for YAs. Roy is the new kid in town, a student at Trace Middle School in Coconut Cove. From the school bus window, as a bully is harassing him, Roy spots a barefoot boy his age running by, and he becomes intrigued. Roy follows the boy, and gradually learns that he is involved in trying to protect the nesting site of some rare burrowing owls. This site is currently an empty lot that is about to be turned into a pancake house by a corporate executive called Chuck Muckle, with the assistance of a bald foreman called Curly. Adventures and misadventures ensue--alligators pop up in portable potties and a tough girl takes a bite out of Roy's bike tire--before Roy works out a way to get revenge on the bully and help the barefoot boy save the owls. My 14-year-old daughter read this and liked it, calling it "clever and funny" and commenting "it was interesting how the plots came together." Hiaasen's trademark over-the-top humor and satire, along with his concern for safeguarding Florida's wildlife, come through clearly and will entertain readers. Here's hoping he continues to write for YAs. Category: Hardcover Fiction. KLIATT Codes: J--Recommended for junior high school students. 2002, Random House/Knopf, 304p., $17.99. Ages 12 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

Vicki Arkoff (Midwest Book Review, "Vicki's Bookshelf" column, November 2002)
Novelist Carl Hiaasen's most devoted adult fans might get a little hoot out of "Hoot," but it just doesn't have a lot of kid-appeal for the pre-teen market for which his first book for young people was intended. Could it be that the author of such tongue-in-cheek adult novels as "Sick Puppy" and "Basket Case" simply doesn't understand effective kids lit? The book's prose is condescendingly stiff and simplistic, sometimes even appearing to follow the format of such out-of-date models as "The Hardy Boys." As a mystery, "Hoot" just doesn't fly, as kids will easily figured out the plot in the first few chapters. Hiaasen's choice of a pro-ecological theme is strong, and his protagonist is pleasant enough, though overly familiar. At a Florida middle school, Roy Eberhardt is the self-conscious new kid who has to deal with a bully. Roy is befriended by a couple of outcasts when he becomes embroiled in a minor mystery involving mischievous sabotage of a proposed construction site. Despite several chapters lining up a mysterious series of events, it's apparent from the start that the goings-on are to save the endangered owls that burrow there, pitting the do-gooder kids against bumbling capitalist adults. After a dull first half, the plot eventually starts to escalate into a topsy-turvy ride with additional quirky touches. But ultimately the thin story fails to retain the interest of his readers. Each time things start to get interesting, Hiaasen applies the brakes, regularly abandoning the kids' POV in favor of doggedly focusing on several adult characters -- a basic genre no-no if you want kids to, well, give a hoot. 2002, Knopf / Random House, 292 pages, $15.95.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

Maria Salvadore (Parents Guide, Fall 2002 (Vol. 5, No. 1))
When Roy's family moves to their new home in southwe s t Florida, Roy meets an amazing array of people and winds up helping save small burrowing owls endangered by proposed construction. With sly humor, setting and characters become vivid in this memorable novel. 2002, Knopf, $15.95. Ages 9 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
With a Florida setting and proenvironment, antidevelopment message, Hiaasen (Sick Puppy) returns to familiar turf for his first novel for young readers. Characteristically quirky characters and comic twists will surely gain the author new fans, though their attention may wander during his narrative's intermittently protracted focus on several adults, among them a policeman and the manager of a construction site for a new franchise of a pancake restaurant chain. Both men are on a quest to discover who is sabotaging the site at night, including such pranks as uprooting survey stakes, spray-painting the police cruiser's windows while the officer sleeps within and filling the portable potties with alligators. The story's most intriguing character is the boy behind the mischief, a runaway on a mission to protect the miniature owls that live in burrows underneath the site. Roy, who has recently moved to Florida from Montana, befriends the homeless boy (nicknamed Mullet Fingers) and takes up his cause, as does the runaway's stepsister. Though readers will have few doubts about the success of the kids' campaign, several suspenseful scenes build to the denouement involving the sitcom-like unraveling of a muckity-muck at the pancake house. These, along with dollops of humor, help make the novel quite a hoot indeed. Ages 10-up. (Sept.)"
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

Lindsey L. Webster (The ALAN Review, Spring/Summer 2003 (Vol. 30, No. 3))
Roy Eberhardt's most recent move has taken him from the mountains of Montana to the flatlands of Florida. "Disney World is an armpit," he states unhappily, "compared to Montana." On the first day of school, he meets Dana Matherson... rather he meets Dana's fist during a bus ride brawl. While pressed against the school bus window, Roy spots a running boy. This boy is carrying no backpack, and oddly enough, is wearing no shoes! Desperate to find some action in Florida, Roy trails the barefoot runner. As a friendship with the mysterious boy develops, Roy becomes involved in an attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from the construction of the new "Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House." In his telling of Roy's story, popular author Carl Hiassen creates a character who is not only believable, but extremely likeable. The story is told in a way that gives the reader insight into Roy's thoughts, actions, and rationale. Hiassen captures our interest as he manages to show how young Roy can be obedient, caring, and unconventional -- all at the same time. Category: Realistic Fiction/Adventure. YA--Young Adult. 2002, Alfred A. Knopf, 292 pp., $15.95. Ages young adult.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

Deborah Stevenson (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, November 2002 (Vol. 56, No. 3))
Roy’s quiet life quickly somersaults out of control: one day he’s a reluctant new Floridian, then suddenly he’s the target of bully Dana Matherson, reluctant ally of tough soccer-player Beatrice Leep, defender of Beatrice’s snake-handling runaway stepbrother, sometimes intentional confounder of the local police, and a protector of burrowing owls (threatened by the planned building of a Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House on their nesting site). The pedigree of this transition is, as you might expect, complicated, but it’s also elaborately enjoyable, as mild-mannered middle-schooler Roy increasingly becomes a participant in the quirky world he’s found himself submerged in. At the same time, the book effectively twists together what initially appears to be two plot strands, Roy’s experiences and the repeated vandalism of a building site, as it becomes clear that it’s Beatrice’s stepbrother performing the vandalism in defense of the endangered owls, a defense that gradually draws in not only Roy but his parents, Beatrice’s soccer team, and Mother Paula herself. The darker undertones (such as Beatrice’s stepbrother’s rejection by his mother) add weight and sharpness to the story without undermining its considerable humor, and they’re balanced by a goodly helping of benevolence, especially in the characters of Roy’s parents, who break from literary convention by being smart, understanding, and supportive; the final building-site showdown may be more predictable than the book’s offbeat opening, but it’s a satisfying conclusion. This has a lighter touch than Bloor’s Tangerine (BCCB 3/97) and a more traditional approach than Sachar’s Holes (9/98), but the solid, humorous writing and modestly bizarre world will please fans of both titles. Review Code: R -- Recommended. (c) Copyright 2002, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2002, Knopf, 292p, $17.99 and $15.95. Grades 6-9.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

Melissa Johnson (The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews (Vol. 15, No. 3))
Roy knows the "new kid" drill. Trace Middle School is the sixth school he's been to in six years. He has being the new kid down to a science--lay low and stay out of trouble. But after seeing the running boy, Roy thinks that maybe this town will be different. Any town that has a boy running away from the school bus with no shoes and no backpack has to be interesting. After following the running boy, confronting a girl named Beatrice, and dealing with Dana, the school bully, Roy's life is definitely more interesting and more meaningful than anywhere he has been. He also learns to take a stand for what he believes, not only in school, but also in the community. Hiaasen manages to masterfully combine wit, humanism, and environmentalism and make it intriguing even for a reluctant middle school reader. The fast-paced action and the realistic school interactions are refreshing and will delight readers of any age. This book is highly recommended for all libraries. Fiction, Highly Recommended. Grades 5-8. 2002, Knopf, 292p., $15.95. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

Walter Hogan (VOYA, October 2002 (Vol. 25, No. 4))
Roy Eberhardt has just transferred to Trace Middle School in Coconut Grove, Florida, after having lived all over the country because of frequent relocations through his father's government job. This new state has some surprises in store, it seems, when on his first school bus ride, Roy is intrigued by the sight of a barefoot truant about his own age. Roy later follows the ragged boy into a small undeveloped patch of wild Florida. Soon Roy teams up with an eco-saboteur known only as "Mullet Fingers"; imposing classmate Beatrice, who is so tough that even the bullies and football players find her frightening; and a former Miss America runner-up, who is soon to be the leading lady in Mutant Invaders from Jupiter Seven. The unlikely team tries to prevent the homes of several breeding pairs of rare owls from being bulldozed to make way for a new Mother Paul's All-American Pancake House. Hiaasen's debut novel for young adults describes the same wild south Florida scene covered in his award-winning Miami Herald columns and best-selling adult fiction. The region's rich natural splendors, the amazing follies of its increasing human population, and the irresistible opportunities for graft and corruption attendant upon development are elements of his wickedly irreverent prose. Hiaasen is particularly famed for the creative and ironic ways in which his colorful villains are undone. While enjoying the humor and satire of this entertaining and well-told story, readers are left in no doubt that the author is angered by the environmental destruction caused by reckless greed. Hiassen shows how ordinary citizens, even middle schoolers who give a hoot, can protect bits of the vanishing wild environment. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Knopf, 272p, $15.95. Ages 11 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf:Distributed by Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2002.)

Paula Rohrlick (Kliatt Review, July 2004 (Vol. 38, No. 4))
To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, September 2002: Hiaasen, a columnist for the Miami Herald and the author of many best-selling novels for adults about the wild and wacky side of the state of Florida, offers a hoot of a read here in his first novel for YAs. Roy is the new kid in town, a student at Trace Middle School in Coconut Cove. From the school bus window, as a bully is harassing him, Roy spots a barefoot boy his age running by, and he becomes intrigued. Roy follows the boy, and gradually learns that he is involved in trying to protect the nesting site of some rare burrowing owls. This site is currently an empty lot that is about to be turned into a pancake house by a corporate executive called Chuck Muckle, with the assistance of a bald foreman called Curly. Adventures and misadventures ensue--alligators pop up in portable potties and a tough girl takes a bite out of Roy's bike tire--before Roy works out a way to get revenge on the bully and help the barefoot boy save the owls. My 14-year-old daughter read this and liked it, calling it "clever and funny" and commenting "it was interesting how the plots came together." Hiaasen's trademark over-the-top humor and satire, along with his concern for safeguarding Florida's wildlife, come through clearly and will entertain readers. Here's hoping he continues to write for YAs. (An ALA Best Book for YAs and Newbery Honor Book.) Category: Paperback Fiction. KLIATT Codes: J*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2002, Random House, Knopf, 292p., $8.95. Ages 12 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2004 c2002.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
34;With a Florida setting and pro-environment, anti-development message, Hiaasen returns to familiar turf for his first novel for young readers," wrote PW\n. "Several suspenseful scenes, along with dollops of humor, help make this quite a hoot indeed." Ages 10-up. (May)\n"
(PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2004 c2002.)

Sandi Henschel (Audiofile, December/January 2003)
The loneliness of being the new kid in town, a mysterious boy, bullies of all ages, and protected miniature owls make for some familiar high jinks in Hiaasen's first novel for young readers. Someone has been sabotaging the site of Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House. Survey stakes get uprooted, alligators swim in Porta Potties, and water moccasins terrorize four rottweilers from hell. Chad Lowe narrates, as Roy Eberhardt, newly arrived in Florida from Montana, makes it his mission to save the owls. Lowe does wonders with the cast of mostly likable oddballs. We know how it will end, but in his inimitable fashion, Hiaasen has crafted a delicious screwball comedy for all ages--and Chad Lowe's performance is a hoot. S.J.H. 2003 YALSA Selection (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2002, Listening Library, Four cassettes, 6.5 hrs., Retail pak, $26.00. Ages 10 up.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Four cassettes 6.5 hrs. Retail pak $26.00., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Vivian E. Berg (KLIATT Review, January 2003 (Vol. 37, No. 1))
Mother Paula's, a pancake house featuring licorice-oatmeal pancakes, is coming to town. However, its building site is beset by vandalism--snakes in the latrine, windows on the car of a dozing policeman painted black--which the listener gradually learns is the work of a misfit kid who refuses to attend school. The main character is Roy, the new kid in town, who learns that Mother Paula's is covering up the presence of state and federally protected burrowing owls on the property, and ties this to the vandalism. Lowe's sensitive reading helps the story work at its many levels--his baby owl is a delight. Category: Fiction Audiobook. KLIATT Codes: J*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2002, Listening Library/Random House Audio, 4 tapes. 6.5 hrs.; Cardboard; author, reader, plot notes., $26.00. Ages 12 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Four cassettes 6.5 hrs. Retail pak $26.00., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Lowe's audiobook repertoire (most recently Big Mouth & Ugly Girl) grows with this unhurried, optimistic reading of bestselling author Hiaasen's debut work for young readers. Since his parents move around a lot, Roy Eberhardt is used to being the new kid at school. But when he and his family settle in Florida, being hassled by the school bully lands Roy in the middle of an ecological mystery. While taking a pummeling on the bus, Roy becomes fascinated with a boy he sees running in the street. The boy turns out to be a homeless, neglected kid who uses unorthodox tactics to save a local owl habitat from being developed as a pancake house. Roy inadvertently gets caught up in the boy's sometimes-humorous conservation efforts, with eventually positive results. With his youthful voice, Lowe again serves up a realistic portrayal of these young protagonists. The combination of a solid vocal performance and Hiaasen's stable of quirky characters will likely keep young listeners hooked, and established Hiaasen fans amused. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover.\nAges 10-up. (Sept.)"
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Four cassettes 6.5 hrs. Retail pak $26.00., PUBLISHED: 2002)

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Best-selling author Carl Hiaasen offers young listeners this humorous story of a young boy named Roy. Roy’s family moves to Florida and he can’t find anything to do in his new home. When he sees another boy mysteriously running away, Roy investigates. n.d., Listening Library, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 22320, $39.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Four cassettes 6.5 hrs. Retail pak $26.00., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
Best-selling author Carl Hiaasen offers young listeners this humorous story of a young boy named Roy. Roy’s family moves to Florida and he can’t find anything to do in his new home. When he sees another boy mysteriously running away, Roy investigates. n.d., Listening Library, Unabridged CD - Library Edition; CB191, $43.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Unabridged CD- Library Edition; CB191 $43.75., PUBLISHED: n.d.)

Nicholas Tucker (Books for Keeps No. 140, May 2003)
Hiaasen must be the most entertaining environmental author there has yet been. Now addressing a younger audience for the first time, his latest passionate but also very funny novel jogs along paths already familiar to fans of his previous adult eco-thrillers. Set in his beloved but continuously over-developed state of Florida, this story features a wild boy out to defeat a Pancake company from building on land dwelt in by rare burrowing owls. Up against him are Curly, the grumpy, bald site foreman, Officer Delinko, an unfortunate policeman, and Chuck E Muckle, company chairman and ruthless entrepreneur. All this is witnessed by Roy, a new boy in the area who is also the target of his school's chief bully. How everything finally works out is a joy to behold, with enough one-liners to keep any reader happy long after the event. Category: 10-14 Middle/Secondary. Rating: ***** (Unmissable). ...., Macmillan, 288pp, £9.99 pbk. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children's (London:), PUBLISHED: 2002)

Pat Tate (Carousel 23, Spring 2003)
Roy Eberhardt is being bullied by Dana Matherson, mainly because he is the new boy who has just moved to the school in Florida from Montana. A refreshingly different tale because Roy resolutely refuses to give in to the bully, and as a result of this positive stand he sees something mysterious which develops into an intriguing story. There is a connection with the tantalising title and cover and the delightful humour, together with the lovably quirky characters in this special novel, is most satisfying. My heart warmed to the policeman who fell asleep in his patrol car, and woke to find someone had painted all the windows black. The book feels very American but young readers will cope with the slight cultural differences, which may well enhance their enjoyment of the tale. Category: Going Solo. Macmillan, £9.99.
(PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children's (London:), PUBLISHED: 2004.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Leamington Spa: Scholastic, 2007

Media Type: Language Material
1 v.:
(428.64)
1905775040
9781905775040
Harlow: Longman, 2004

Media Type: Language Material
276 p.
(813.54)
058284858X
9780582848580
Formerly CIP.
Originally published New York Alfred A. Knopf; London Macmillan Children's 2002.
London: Macmillan Children's, 2004

Media Type: Language Material
288 p. ;
(813.54)
0330415298
9780330415293
Originally published 2002.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004

Media Type: Language Material
292 p. ;
PZ7.H52 ([Fic])
0375829164
9780375829161
Basingstoke: Macmillan Audio, 2003

Media Type: Language Material
2 audiocassettes (3 hrs)
(813.54)
140500648X
9781405006484
Waterville Me.: Thorndike Press, 2003

Media Type: Language Material
359 p. (large print) ;
PZ7.H493 ([Fic])
0786250143
9780786250141
Listening Library Four cassettes 6.5 hrs. Retail pak $26.00., 2002

Media Type:

0807209228
9780807209226
London: Macmillan Children's, 2002

Media Type: Language Material
275 p. ;
(813.54)
033044543X
9780330445436
0330418092
9780330418096
Formerly CIP.
Originally published New York N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf 2002.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf:, 2002

Media Type: Language Material
292 p.:
PZ7.H493 ([Fic])
0375821813
0375921818
9780375821813
9780375921810
Listening Library Unabridged CD- Library Edition; CB191 $43.75.,

Media Type:

9780307206978
0307206971

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