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Hoot Paperback – 7 Feb 2003

3.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Trade paperback edition (7 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330418092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330418096
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,405,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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'Every now and then a book comes along that is so striking it gives the reader goose-bumps and stays in the mind long after its pages are closed... Hoot is one of those' Times Educational Supplement" --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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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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By A Customer 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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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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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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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2012
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This is the second of Carl Hiaasen's books for children I have read, and it lived up to my expectations after reading the first. The stories share an environmental theme and are set in Florida, which I believe are pet subjects of Hiaasen's but the plot and characterisations were suitably different for me not to feel that they were carbon copies of each other. In this book, Roy is a boy who has recently moved from Montana to Florida because of his dad's job. He struggles to fit into the Florida lifestyle and his school until one day, on his way to school he sees a boy running barefoot across some gardens. He becomes fixated about the barefoot boy, and determined to find out all about him. This leads to some unlikely friendships and a quest to save some rare, burrowing owls from some wasteland which is scheduled to become a pancake house.

Hiaasen writes with humour and a strong plot, which in other hands might come across as environmental tub thumping and/or sentimental schmalz. The story is lively and full of wonderfully adventurous and funny set pieces. The characters are strong and interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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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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By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 April 2008
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This is a story about a boy, Roy, who has just moved to Florida. His first day at school he gets called `Tex' and the nickname sticks and the harassment begins. Yet life is never as simple as being the new kid in school, trying to hang low and trying to just get by.

He meets many interesting characters in Florida:
Dana Matherson - The School Bully
Mullet Fingers - A Kid who lives in the forest
Beatrice Leep - Captain of the Soccer Team,
And Mullet's Stepsister
But Mullet is on a mission. He is trying to save burrowing owls from being wiped out by the Mother Paula's Pancake House, which is supposed to be building a new restaurant.

Mullet uses guerilla tactics: alligators in the port-a-potties, snakes all over the job site, and many, many more. Roy tries to go a different route: checking out building out permits, getting classmates to come and speak and raise their voice at the groundbreaking.

Can a few young kids save an endangered bird? Will Mullet, Roy and Beatrice succeed? Pick up the book and read it. There is also a movie coming out this summer that should be a hit with children and adults alike.
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