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Hoot | [Carl Hiaasen]

Hoot

Roy's family moves a lot, so he's used to the new-kid drill. Florida bullies are pretty much like bullies everywhere. But Roy finds himself oddly indebted to the hulking Dana Matherson. If Dana hadn't been sinking his thumbs into Roy's temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is the first interesting thing Roy's seen in Florida.
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Publisher's Summary

Roy Eberhardt has recently, and unhappily, arrived in Florida. "Disney World is an armpit," he states flatly, "compared to Montana."

Roy's family moves a lot, so he's used to the new-kid drill. Florida bullies are pretty much like bullies everywhere. But Roy finds himself oddly indebted to the hulking Dana Matherson. If Dana hadn't been sinking his thumbs into Roy's temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is the first interesting thing Roy's seen in Florida.

The boy was about Roy's age, but he was running away from the school bus. He had no books, no backpack, and, here's the odd part, no shoes.

Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy's trail. The chase will introduce him to some other intriguing Floridian creatures: potty-trained alligators, a beleaguered construction foreman, some burrowing owls, a fake-fart champion, a renegade eco-avenger, some slippery fish, a sinister pancake PR man, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparking tails.

Life in Florida is looking up.

Hoot is a 2003 Newbery Medal Honor Book.

©2002 Carl Hiaasen; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Honor Book, 2003
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2003

"Quite a hoot indeed." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hiaasen has crafted a delicious screwball comedy for all ages, and Chad Lowe's performance is a hoot." (AudioFile)

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    Fred C. Mcclanahan Shreveport, LA United States 12-05-05
    Fred C. Mcclanahan Shreveport, LA United States 12-05-05 Member Since 2003

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    "Too much fun!"

    Written for children / teens - but I could not stop listening. This book brought back emotions from my "earlier" years and made me feel good about them. You must listen and let your kids (12+) listen too.

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    Nikki Ft Pierce, FL, USA 12-05-05
    Nikki Ft Pierce, FL, USA 12-05-05
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    "Typical Hiaasen"

    I love Carl Hiaasen. As usual, set in Florida, with twists and turns every few minutes. The characters are both good and bad, but there's always a suprise.

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    Tokyo Phil Tokyo 03-25-05
    Tokyo Phil Tokyo 03-25-05 Listener Since 2001

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    "Delightful"

    Fun for both kids and adults.

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    Vanessa USA 05-01-05
    Vanessa USA 05-01-05
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    "Hoot review"

    I thought that it was an okay book. I thought it was to obvious on what would happen next, and not for adults. It would be a decent book for children. It never really kept my attention and i was bored through out the book. To me there were only a few good parts. So i wouldnt recomend this book to anyone over 12.

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    Laura WAUKESHA, WI, USA 04-18-09
    Laura WAUKESHA, WI, USA 04-18-09
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    "Good...but politically correct"

    This book kept family's attention on long road trip (ages 8-15), and was tolerable for mom and dad, though somewhat predictable. My only problem with it was the unanticipated politically correct plot...save the owls and make all businesspeople look like greedy, stupid SOBs.

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    Tony Keller, TX, USA 09-11-05
    Tony Keller, TX, USA 09-11-05 Member Since 2002
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    "This is definately not Hiaasen's best!!!"

    This story is boring.

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