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Publisher's Summary

Mrs. Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, was last seen during a field trip to Black Vine Swamp. The school's headmaster and the police seem to have accepted the sketchy, unsigned note explaining that her absence is due to a family emergency. Theres no real evidence of foul play. But still, Nick and Marta don't buy it. Something weird is definitely going on.

Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald and is the author of many best-selling titles, including Sick Puppy, Nature Girl, and The Downhill Lie.

©2009 Carl Hiaasen; (P)2009 Listening Library

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  • St. Louis MO
  • 04-23-17

Another great story by Hiaasen!

As always, Carl Hiaasen incorporates environmental education with an entertaining story. Great for all ages!

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Fantastic story and narration!

My daughter and I loved this delightful story and the narration! I know several reviews had issues with the narration but we had no problems understanding anything and found the different character voices hilarious!

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Disappointed

Hiaasen has put together another of his pro-environment stories, this one for young people. A crotchety teacher, two good students, a young alleged arsonist, and a monkeywrencher get together to save an endangered panther, and thwart an illegal drilling scheme. If you are familiar w the adult Hiaasen offerings, you know what they're like.

We have a few anxious moments, including whether a national guardsman injured in the Middle East is going to make it, but overall nothing too scary for the kids. A good save the environment story.

The problem is the narrator. Who doesn't love Ed Asner? I mean, he's Mr Grant, right? Unfortunately, it feels like he's phoning this one in. His gruff "reading" (not acting) style of presenting the story is, quite frankly, boring. There is little color to the performance. It is just endlessly flat. I ended up increasing the narration speed to 2x, just to finish the story. I don't want to listen to the other young person Hiaasen books, if they are like this. Sad.

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best book ever... considering this is the first.

Gaben luvs this title and only the title Gabe is luv. Gabe is life word in my head

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Great book

This was an amazing book. It kept me on the edge of my seat just wondering what was gonna happen next. I couldn't stop listening to it.

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Great book

Good book. I like the mystery- how every page brings a new surprise. I love it!🐷

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Great

I'm only 12 and that was the best book I have ever read the way it turns you this way but it's really that it's amazing!!

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Asner and Hiassen hit it out of the park

some of the best writing for young readers going and Ed Asner is absolutely wonderful

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love this book

great characters, and interesting plot, plus a positive message.... good book for our summer road trip

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I loved the story but the narrator was a little slow and not good with voices