• Hoot

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: Chad Lowe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (1,646 ratings)

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By: Carl Hiaasen
Narrated by: Chad Lowe
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Publisher's summary

ALA Notable Children's Book, 2003

Arizona Young Readers Award, 2005

Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2005

Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award, 2005

Iowa Teen Book Award, 2005

Kentucky Bluegrass Master List, 2004

Maine Student Book Master List, 2003

Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2004

Minnesota Maud Heart Lovelace Award, 2005

Newbery Honor Book, 2003

Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award, 2003

Texas Lone Star Reading List, 2003

This Newbery Honor winner and #1 New York Times bestseller is a beloved modern classic. Hoot features a new kid and his new bully, alligators, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes.

Everybody loves Mother Paula's pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls' fate cemented in pancake batter?

Welcome to Carl Hiaasen's Florida—where the creatures are wild and the people are wilder!

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

“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