Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.94 × 5.13 × 0.59 in
Published: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0375868275
ISBN - 13: 9780375868276
About the Book
When the difficult star of a reality television show disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father.
Read from the Book
ONE Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him on the head. The iguana, which had died during a hard freeze, was stiff as a board and weighed seven and a half pounds. Mickey''s son had measured the lifeless lizard on a fishing scale, then packed it on ice with the turtle veggies, in the cooler behind the garage. This was after the ambulance had hauled Mickey off to the hospital, where the doctors said he had a serious concussion and ordered him to take it easy. And to everyone''s surprise, Mickey did take it easy. That''s because the injury left him with double vision and terrible headaches. He lost his appetite and dropped nineteen pounds and lay around on the couch all day, watching nature programs on television. "I''ll never be the same," he told his son. "Knock it off, Pop," said Wahoo, Mickey''s boy. Mickey had named him after Wahoo McDaniel, a professional wrestler who''d once played linebacker for the Dolphins. Mickey''s son often wished he''d been called Mickey Jr. or Joe or even Rupert--anything but Wahoo, which was also a species of saltwater fish. It was a name that was hard to live up to. People naturally expected somebody called Wahoo to act loud and crazy, but that wasn''t Wahoo''s style. Apparently nothing could be done about the name until he was all grown up, at which point he intended to go to the Cutler Ridge courthouse and tell a judge he wanted to be called something normal. "Pop, you''re gonna be okay," Wa
From the Publisher
Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he''s grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, and snappers in his backyard. The critters, he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.
When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called Expedition Survival!, Wahoo figures he''ll have to do a bit of wrangling himself—to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show''s inept and egotistical star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger foolishly believes his own PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo''s acquired a shadow named Tuna—a girl who''s sporting a shiner courtesy of her father and needs a place to hide out.
They''ve only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna''s dad shows up with a gun . . .
It''s anyone''s guess who will actually survive Expedition Survival. . . .
About the Author
CARL HIAASEN has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Now Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Nature Girl and Star Island.
Hoot, Hiaasen''s first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. And Flush, Scat, and Chomp have all been major bestsellers.
Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 1, 2012:From the Hardcover edition.
“Mystery, action, humor, and exotic animals and settings, all tied together by a writer with an exceptional grasp of language, makes this a sure hit with any mystery-loving readers.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2011:
“Hiaasen’s best for a young audience since Newbery Honor Hoot (2002) features a shy, deep-feeling protagonist who’s also a pragmatist and plenty of nature info and age-appropriate cultural commentary…. Humorous adventure tales just don’t get any more wacked…or fun to read than this.”