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Hoot

by Carl Hiaasen

Random House Children's Books | December 27, 2005 | Trade Paperback

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A book for young readers. It involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, and pint-sized owls. A hilarious
Floridian adventure!

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 3 × 2.07 × 0.29 in

Published: December 27, 2005

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440419395

ISBN - 13: 9780440419396

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Hoot

by Carl Hiaasen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 3 × 2.07 × 0.29 in

Published: December 27, 2005

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440419395

ISBN - 13: 9780440419396

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Roy would not have noticed the strange boy if it weren''t for Dana Matherson, because Roy ordinarily didn''t look out the window of the school bus. He preferred to read comics and mystery books on the morning ride to Trace Middle. But on this day, a Monday (Roy would never forget), Dana Matherson grabbed Roy''s head from behind and pressed his thumbs into Roy''s temple, as if he were squeezing a soccer ball. The older kids were supposed to stay in the back of the bus, but Dana had snuck up behind Roy''s seat and ambushed him. When Roy tried to wriggle free, Dana mushed his face against the window. It was then, squinting through the smudged glass, that Roy spotted the strange boy running along the sidewalk. It appeared as if he was hurrying to catch the school bus, which had stopped at a corner to pick up more kids. The boy was straw-blond and wiry, and his skin was nutbrown from the sun. The expression on his face was intent and serious. He wore a faded Miami Heat basketball jersey and dirty khaki shorts, and here was the odd part: no shoes. The soles of his bare feet looked as black as barbecue coals. Trace Middle School didn''t have the world''s strictest dress code, but Roy was pretty sure that some sort of footwear was required. The boy might have been carrying sneakers in his backpack, if only he''d been wearing a backpack. No shoes, no backpack, no books-strange, indeed, on a school day. Roy was sure that the barefoot boy would catch all kinds of grief from Dana and the
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From the Publisher

A book for young readers. It involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, and pint-sized owls. A hilarious
Floridian adventure!

From the Jacket

A book for young readers. It involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, and pint-sized owls. A hilarious
Floridian adventure!

About the Author

Carl Hiaasen is the author of many bestselling novels for adults, including Sick Puppy and Basket Case. He also writes a column for the Miami Herald.

Editorial 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

"You don't have to be a young adult to enjoy it."-The New York Times Book Review

"Yes, it is a hoot."-The Washington Post Book World

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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