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
"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)
Not a typical Hiaasen, I still liked this quite a bit. The language is much tamer than usual and aimed at a younger audience.
I thoroughly enjoyed Hiassen's first book, and as I began lisening to them in order, each subsequent one became less entertaning. In Hoot, it was difficult for me to wade through it. It seems as if the author has a strong political agenda, and while it was an interesting aside in earlier works, now that agenda has become a major plot point in his books.
While I agree with his environmental position, I'm too old to be preached to, and have to pay for that. It was much more effective when his positions were sublimated to the story. I'm moving on.
The arch comic genius of postmodern tropical paradise (ie south florida) is much kinder and gentler than usual - and so a bit less enjoyable. But I didn't read carefully and realize that this is Hiaasen's book for young folks - Oh?? Let your kids read it - it is fun.
I listened to this with my three kids driving from one end of California to the other. When we would stop, they wanted to keep the story going, rather than go inside and visit Grandma. I had previously listened to the story on my own, and knew that there was nothing that young people could not hear and enjoy. I also liked the voice of the narrator.
We listened to this audiobook on a road trip to Malheur to look at owls and other birds. It was a light book with a good conscience, but wasn't too believable. Look forward to the movie, though!
This was a great book to share with my nine-year-old during a family vacation. he enjoyed it so much he bought the actual book and is re-reading it for school.
It had Haaisens wit but in a child friendly format. That there was a message important to any Floridian is just a bonus.
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.
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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