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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints edition (2 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330415298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330415293
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy and Lucky You, and three bestselling children's books, Hoot, Flush and Scat. They have been translated into 34 languages, 33 more than he can read or write. Carl Hiaasen also writes an award-winning column for The Miami Herald.

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Amazon Review

Hoot, Carl Hiaasen's debut novel for younger readers is a very special treat indeed. The writing is exceptionally good, and the characters extremely quirky and well realised. It's incredibly readable despite a story premise that is not sparklingly original. But no matter, there's an engaging "feel-good" vibe running through the whole book.

The setting, as with Hiaasen's crime thrillers for adults such as Basket Case and Sick Puppy, is sunny Florida and the heat, swamps, dust and pancakes all contribute to the authentic atmosphere of the book. His favourite environmental theme is here too, as is the thoroughly watertight plotting. There's an engaging mystery set up on the very first page and it builds nicely with more twists and turns as the story unfolds--all of them reassuringly tied up come the final pages.

Roy Eberhardt's story begins when he is being mashed up against the window of the school bus by bully Dana Matherson. He spots an athletic bare-footed boy running away from the bus and wonders where he is going. Further investigations, after he has unwisely smashed Dana's nose in to get away from him, leads Roy into the middle of a battle between a green-minded local runaway and the proposed opening of a pancake restaurant. The development threatens the habitat of a burrowing-owl colony and it's an issue that several people in the community have differing views upon--not all of them legal.

Roy carries the story very well indeed. He's likable and persistent in the face of unexpected and challenging adventure, despite his modest size. The cause he chooses to support is eminently worthy--he weighs up the strength of his beliefs with the necessity to slightly bend the law. This is a good story with some great writing--a winning combination. (For readers aged 10 and over.) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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" 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. 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." -- "Booklist"
" A wonderful tour-de-force." -- "The Boston Globe"
" A rollicking, righteous story." -- "The Miami Herald"
" You don' t have to be a young adult to enjoy it." -- "The New York Times Book Review"
" Yes, it "is" a hoot." -- "The Washington Post Book World"

"From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
Actually I liked this even more than Hiaasen's 'grown up' books. It's pleasantly short (though not so short as to be unsatisfying), with a tightly plotted story.
The plot is a real page-turner with a great cast of characters. The jokes work on two levels: the subtle ones that Hiaasen slips under your radar and then the funny set-pieces (no, I'm not going to include any spoilers!) with lots of physical gags.
The bad guys are well drawn, not just cardboard characters - the only one I found annoying was the hopeless police patrolman who was just a little too cliched. The school counsellor will send shivers down your back, and the building site manager is very funny - we've all met or worked with someone just like him!
I'd highly recommend it for anyone, probably the youngest at about 7 or 8 if they're a confident reader, but adults will love it too. I find Hiaasen's adult books a little *too* cynical but this struck exactly the right balance between cynicism and hope. A very satisfying read all round.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Isaac on 21 April 2004
Format: Paperback
Even when he is writing for children, Hiaasen creates great villains (who always meet fitting fates), and charming, unlikely heroes. Threats to the Floridian environment are of course his other recurring theme.
In this case, the new boy in school finds his feet and new friends as he fights to prevent a new restaurant destroying several pairs of rare burrowing owls, and the school bully from destroying his face.
Fast-paced and fun, a book to encourage teenagers to read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. R. on 9 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a big fan of Carl Hiaasen's. He perfectly captures the frustrations of being picked on, and unaccepted as a child. His encounters with Dana, the bully, are great as Roy always has a way to win out.

The author does an incredible job of showing the different styles of activism that different people resort to. He presents the reader with the contemporary clash of free enterprise versus global ecological issues. He has a lot to say about parenting, and he has some great insights into the methods of dealing with bullies.

This is a great book for the young teenagers, but I think the adult fans might get a kick out of it, too. HOOT is definitely a title that you'll want for your collection. Another book that I strongly recommend for this age group "Why Some Cats are Rascals". Actually it is a series of three books...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 2005
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. A new kid to sunny Florida, Roy Eberhardt,spots a mysterious shoeless young boy running past the school bus when evil bully Dana Matherson presses his face against the window.
From that moment on, right at the start of the book, Roy enters a whirlwind of mystery; finding clues, retracng his steps...what exactly has this shoeless kid got to do with the building of the pancake house a few blocks away?
Creating a witty, interesting and funny main character,Carl Hiassson has given you a fabulous taster of his ingenious work. You won't be able to put this book down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Oskam on 22 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
Roy Eberhardt has just moved from Montana to Florida. He misses the mountains and in the school bus he is bullied by the enormous and stupid Dana Matherson. Then he sees he boy running on bare feet and is fascinated by the question who this boy is. Slowly but surely he gains the trust of the boy and his stepsister Beatrice Leep. The story is about a new branch of Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House, which will be build on a site where cute and endangered miniature owls are living in holes in the ground. After numerous adventures Roy finds that life in Florida is not so bad after all.

A children's book (10-12 years) that is a smooth read. Roy may be a rather docile, politically correct boy with very understanding parents, but the story line has wit and a good pace and matters are solved with a lot of creativity rather than force.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "rory-s" on 15 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
we are currently reading this book in class and its one of those ones that we just can't put down. we havn't finished yet and get really annoyed when we do have to do writing for a block!
she wont let us take them home to study incase we read ahead!
some people (dominic) have to get their book confisgated!
a very funny, silly plot which you can't put down
a book that we all love.
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By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
This item was purchased to assist my Godson with a school English assignment and a Natural World assignment, it was purchased along with the film.

It is only a short story, or should I say, that from the adult point of view, it is more of an outline than a story.

I can see why the two essay that had been set were: "Write a story about bullying using either the character of Mullet Fingers, Beatrice or Roy. Ensure that you use the information in the book as a base"; and, "Write an article for a local paper about an endangered animal or bird in your area. Include any photographs you have taken" (of course the latter essay assumes that children have access to a camera and the money to get the pictures printed - but that's an argument that the teacher in question and I are going to have at a later date).

There is so much scope for use and development of these characters because they are only outlines.

The book is the basis for an unexpectedly good family film. It is a paperback with glossy pages and photo stills from the film (although the 12 year old female next door, who came round for a study session, would have liked it to have more pictures of Mullet Fingers).

The version I bought also included an unabridged audio CD of the book. Unfortunately, I found the female reader irritating, she appeared to be trying too hard to get to the "level of the child".

The CD was attached to the front cover via a poly button and plastic sticker, which means it is not safe or secure.
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