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byCarl Hiaasen

Paperback | December 27, 2005

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This Newbery Honor-winning, hilarious Floridian adventure involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more. A New York Times bestseller!

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?

“A wonderful tour de-force.” —The Boston Globe
“A rollicking, righteous story.” —The Miami Herald
“Yes, it is a hoot.”—The Washington Post

From the Hardcover edition.
CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida. He writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels including Bad Monkey, Star Island, and Nautre Girl. His books for younger readers include the Newbery Honor winner Hoot, as well as Flush, Scat, and Chomp. Skink—No Surrender was Hiaasen's first book for tee...
Title:HootFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.63 × 5.2 × 0.68 inPublished:December 27, 2005Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0440419395

ISBN - 13:9780440419396

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hoot I enjoyed the book as I am all for saving animals, but the movie was not that great.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hoot I enjoyed the book as I am all for saving animals, but the movie was not that great.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, good premise Loved that it included owls! Trying to save animals is definitely one of my favourite plot devices!
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for all ages! This is one of my absolute favourite stories, even as an adult. I love the book and the message that it sends.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book for all ages Cute book, good for all ages #plumreveiw
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read This is a fun, easy and a light read. Perfect for all ages. #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cute A nice story about a kid who wants to rescue some endangered owls. That's all there is to it. It was an interesting story but the characters were dull but, keeping in mind that this book was intended for preteens, it got the message across.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from But I Bet the Owls Were Cute! This is a good (not great) story about saving some endangered owls, geared towards middle graders. And it got a Newbery Honor? Really? This "good story" is overshadowed by bizarre stereotyped characters, a one-dimensional bully that is taught a pretty severe lesson, and a homeless kid with an abusive mother. Basically, there's some funny lines, and maybe that was Hiaasen's way to share his message with the "youths" today, but the actual point of the book is muddled at best. I threw an extra star on there for the cute owls, but otherwise, not really worth a hoot at all!! (I really like the dynamics of bully & bullied in A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius which I thought about often when feeling sympathy for Dana the Bully.)
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sweet! Great storyline that accurately portrays the heartbreak and understanding of themes as children
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Real Page Turner Roy Eberhardt is a new kid in school. Roy is the victim of Dana Matherson, a bully. He discovered “running boy”, the same boy who turned this book into an ecological mystery. Carl Hiaasen kept reminding me what happened before which really helps. Roy helps “Mullet Fingers” and Beatrice stand up for the burrowing owls, which is like saying, stand up for what you believe in. I also liked how while you read this book you can imagine what’s happening. I don’t really like how the book is split in two then at the end it comes together. It really confuses you. Also, I wish it could’ve been longer. This book is interesting and a real page turner. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes animals and adventure. Jess
Date published: 2008-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOULUTLEY LOVED THIS!! I know this dosent seem or look like the most interesting book but its really interseting..Definaley a page turner and I dont usually read that much..I loved it it kept me hooked but I wouldnt recommend this for adults...I really want to see the moive..Its a feel good book that charming and funny in its own little way..Its just not a popular book
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Rad Read! Hoot was a great book! From the first page, I couldn't put it down, because it was too funny! The only issue with me & Hoot is the reading level is a little too easy for me, because I like to be challenged when I read, still great story line though!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good This book is very good. The characters are very cool. a really good page turner and a must read so yeah... everyone should read the book then watch the movie witch is on dvd now its also called hoot and its really good.
Date published: 2007-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Book! I think that Hoot by Carl Hiaasen was a pretty good book. Carl kept you in touch of what was going on and reminded you of what had happened earlier on in the book. My favourite part was when "mullet fingers" took "Roy" to the construction sight and showed him the owls. I suggest this book to people who like to read about people making a difference and "standing-up" for someone else. Overall I thought it was a good book.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mom thinks this is a Great Story! My daughters wanted to see this movie, so I decided to read the book first. This is a wonderful story, even for parents! I got into the habit of reading books myself, that my daughters might like. This book has wonderful characters that kids could really relate to. It is humorous, suspenseful, cute, and has a good moral for kids to stand up for what they believe is right. It is a page turner, you're always wanting to see what's going to happen next! Great book!
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...adventurous and hilarious! A boy with no shoes, a new kid, a series of pranks (such as alligators in the toilet!) pancakes and puny owls.............this book has it all! I was hooked to this book from the very first paragraph......and, it got better and better from there! This story talks about serious matters without being too serious and reflects on our society and what we are doing to nature. In this case, Mother Paula's all American house of pancakes doesn't give a hoot about what happens to the endangered borrowing owls that are about to be......well..... pancaked! I could relate to parts of the story because much of the plot is from a kid's point of view - it is adventurous and hilarious! I couldn't put it down once I started yet, I think this book would be difficult to seuqel because the ending was so complete. A truly unique book - I wouldn't change a thing.....well, except maybe, I would like to see the boy with no shoes (mulletfingers) to have a family. The characters are very well developed and each character has his or her own unique personality; so much so that, at times, I thought I was right there! Hoot is a great book for all ages and for those with a sense of humour and a love for animals. A must read! It truly is a hoot !
Date published: 2005-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...magnificent... A cacophony of eclectic notions are demonstrated within this magnificent piece of motivational material. Behind its simple, yet intriguing, scheme and plot there is a secretly cultivated idea that brings out the rage and anger in every child. For truly, it is only the children that cry for something that cannot be brought back once destroyed. Roy Eberhardt and his wild friend are determined to protect the imcompetent species of owls, the burrowing owls, even if it means that they must place several poisonous snakes in the perimeters of the soon-to-be-built-pancake-house area where the owls reside and placing 4-foot long crocodiles in the portable potties. For the better of Florida, and the dedication of young teens, this novel shows that if you are eager and determined with a mission in mind, you can definetely make this world a safer place from those ignorant, selfish, economically-centred people. Three shouts for the environment!
Date published: 2005-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...very funny! Hoot is an apt name for Carl Hiassen's 2003 Newbery Honour book. This book is very funny! It included situations like alligators being put down a port-a-potty, police car windows being sprayed black while the officer was sleeping inside and an Amazon like girl who can bite holes in tires! However the first time I read this book, shortly after it made the prestigious Newbery List, I missed a lot of the humour. I think I was so busy trying to solve the mystery of who mullet fingers was and why he was always running. I was concerned as well with the possible extermination of the habitat for the endangered burrowing owls that live on the future site of a Mother Paula's Pancake House. The plot actually does not seem ripe for humour, the main character, unfortunate Roy Eberhartdt has moved at least 10 times that he can remember. He had to leave the rugged beauty of Montana to move to flat, featureless Coconut Grove, Florida. Roy thinks Florida is an armpit whose heat and humidity will suck the very meat out of his lungs. He is bullied unmercilessly by the moronic giant Dana Matherson and the toughest girl in school seems to be after him as well. Roy is a resilient kid who is more concerned with helping the mysterious mullet fingers in his quest to be concerned about being bullied. He gradually learns to appreciate the hidden beauty of Coconut Grove and the book has a upbeat mostly satisfying ending. The only part I would change if I could, is the fate of Napolean Bridger aka Mullet Fingers. His uncaring Mom sent him off to military school and when he ran away, she threatened to have him put in a foster home, if he tried to come home. Even at the end of the book, when he manages to save the home of the burrowing owls, he has no home of his own. This book would appeal to kids in grades 5 and up. If you like Hoot, you should try Linda Bailey's Stevie Diamond mysteries or the Dinah Galloway mysteries by Melanie Jackson. These are both great mystery series set in Canada with a great mixture of humour and mystery. Try them, you'll like them!
Date published: 2005-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...good book... Roy Eberhardt and his family moves around a lot. His current home is in Coconut Cove, Florida. School introduces him to Beatrice Leep a.k.a. Beatrice the Bear, a wild, rough girl who later becomes Roy's friend. While Roy was riding the school bus home one day, he saw a shoeless boy running at top speed. When curiosity gets the better of him, Roy followed the mysterious boy the second time he saw him. But a golf ball interrupts him when he crosses a golf course during his frantic chasing. Leaving him with a big bruise and questions unanswered. Later, through Beatrice, Roy learns that the running boy is her stepbrother, who ran away from a military school that he was sent to. He now lives in an abandoned ice cream truck and is nicknamed Mullet Fingers by Beatrice. Meanwhile, Coconut Cove was about to have a new restaurant built, but someone was pulling pranks that included putting alligators in portable toilets and other wild things. Which left the constructors off schedule. When Mullet Fingers takes Roy to the construction site and shows him that there were tiny burrowing owls living on the site, he was amazed and bewildered. Roy now understands that if there was going to be a restaurant build, then the burrowing owls will die and the constructors weren't doing anything to prevent that. It turns out that Mullet Fingers was the one who put the alligators in the toilets and all the other things to cause delays, he was hoping that maybe the company would give up and build it somewhere else. Roy didn't think that would work, so he decides to help him. In the end, Roy manages to convince some of the students in his school, and together they sent the company packing and building their restaurant somewhere else. People may think that all run away kids are selfish and mean, but in this book, it tells of one that's trying to save some burrowing owls. Even if he's doing it illegally, it still shows that he cares for nature and is willing to face the consequences of sacrificing his freedom. What I think is interesting about this book is its plot. How it is about burrowing owls and contradicted kids trying to save them. The crazy characters were fun to read about, too. I have never read anything like it. I didn't really like the beginning of the book, because I don't really get excited over reading about new kids getting bullied, so I think that Roy shouldn't have been bullied. But in the end, what Roy did to that Dana Matherson was pretty clever. All in all, this is a good book and I'm glad I read it.
Date published: 2005-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Wow! That's the one and only word I used when I finished the book, Hoot . Hoot wasn't like all the other books I have read. I didn't have a clue of what the book was about, except owls, until I read every last word. It was so great that the kids cared about those owls, and were able to help all they could. My favourite part of the book was when Roy stood in front of the head hiding in the dirt, which was Mullet Fingers' head, and every single kid in the crowd, including Mother Paula, was singing, This land is your land . It was great to read a book about people who care about nature and it's wonders, other than video games and skateboarding. This book also had mystery, like when Roy was trying to figure out who the shoeless boy was and why he was running. It also had danger, like when the hooded figure pulled out those cottonmouth Florida snakes right in front of Roy. It was really adventurous too like when they were rushing Mullet Fingers to the hospital because of a vicious dog bite, from the guard dogs, while trying to feed the tiny owls at the construction site. I think Beatrice was really courageous. She loved her stepbrother, and was behind him one-hundred percent. I really look up to her. I also admire Roy's courage to stand up for himself against all of the bullies he had to face in all the years he moved, especially Dana Matherson. Now, when I'm talking about Officer David Delinko, from the Coconut Cove Safety Department, he wouldn't be described as the brightest egg in the carton, but he did manage to help catch Dana Matherson, in his so-called vandalism of Mother Paula, didn't he? He really wanted to prove himself to the captain, the sergeant, and Councilman Bruce Grandy, and he managed to help catch the Mother Paula vandal, so I really believe that he cared about his job. Most people say a certain book reminds them of something that happened to them in life, or a TV show or movie. Well, I think that this book is very unique and doesn't compare to anything in my opinion. Since the kids at Trace Middle School succeeded in their protest with the owls, the kids now have the courage and determination to never give up on what they believe could be changed. However, they still found out what Mullet Fingers' real name was (Napolean Bridger), he was never seen again. I would have liked to see what happened to Napolean, but it was an excellent book anyway. I think I would have ended the book by arresting the mother and letting Napolean find his real father. When I write short stories, I like to leave it at a suspenseful moment in case there's a sequel. I recommend this novel to everyone. I hope you have a wonderful time reading it, because I sure did.
Date published: 2005-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...an awesome read... How many times in your life have you heard the truthful saying Don't judge a book by its cover ? However, sometimes, judging a book by its cover may end you up in an awesome read. Trust me, because while browsing the shelves at the local bookstore, a certain cover caught my eye. The lime green spine and the crayon box blue front with geometrical shapes creating the effect of an owl seemed to jump out at me. As I went to go pay for the book, I had no idea that I was about to buy a ticket to an adventure of a lifetime! Author Carl Haaisen creates a great plot in his novel simply titled HOOT. Roy, one of the main characters, has played the role as the ˜new kid before, so he knows being the target for bullies is part of the job when his family arrives in Coconut Cove, Florida. While Dana, the perfect poster child of one of those punk kids , is pressing the new kid's head into the window on the way to school on the bus, Roy spots a boy running fiercely down the road without any shoes on. Knowing that the kid doesn't attend Trace Middle School and appears to be too young to attend high school, Roy is determined to find this unknown boy and learn his story. With a few obstacles along the way, Roy meets the runaway boy through Beatrice, a soccer star who also attends Trace Middle School. Known only as Mullet Fingers , a nickname given to him by Beatrice, his stepsister, because he can catch fish named mullets using only his hands, the boy has a mission. He's self-appointed to stop the construction of Mother Paula's Pancake House . Why, you ask? Just take a look in the burrows scattered along the construction site and you'll spot tiny burrowing owls. Once the bulldozers start up, the burrows will be filled, locking the petite owls to die underground. While Roy has teamed up with Beatrice and Mullet Fingers, things for Curly, a foreman managing the future site of the pancake house, haven't been very good. There's been someone sneaking over to the site to pull out stakes, put alligators in the port-a-potties, throw poisonous snakes over the grounds and more. Even Officer Delinko's watchful eye doesn't stop the vandal from his tricks. I must say that the book met all the standards for ˜wonderful . HOOT was interesting, humorous, had great descriptions and all the characters were amazingly realistic. I found it neat how the author showed both sides of the story through the twenty-one chapters and how everything comes together for an eventful and gripping finale. I enjoyed the way Carl Haaisen educated readers about the borrowing owl, an endangered animal that is native to British Columbia. I'd recommend HOOT to everyone who likes reading and anyone whose enjoyed Farley Mowat's Owls In the Family or There's an Owl in the Shower written by Jean Craighead George and Mr. Christine Herma Merril.
Date published: 2005-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hoot is a hoot. Hoot is a mystery/adventure book; complete with everything I could want in a novel. It is two story lines that twist and change into one fantastic ending. The first plot kicks off with the new kid, Roy. Roy has just moved into small town Coconut Cove, Florida, where there's only one school that kids his age could attend. So, Roy is surprised to see a shoeless kid running full speed away from the school one Monday morning. Roy decides to investigate, and finds himself in a whole lot of trouble! Meanwhile, vandalisms are taking place at a construction site, delaying a project to open a new pancake house. The vandalism gets worse as the ground breaking ceremony approaches. Is someone trying to stop the new pancake house from opening? Why? What has Roy and the shoeless boy got to do with all this? I don't think there was anything I disliked about this book. It kept me guessing until the end. I love books like that. There isn't a thing I would change about this book's creative characters, or mysterious climaxes! In other words, Hoot is a hoot. I think this novel would appeal to anyone who likes a good mystery - someone who likes to predict what will happen next (like me!) When I tried to foretell the ending of this story, I was completely wrong! This is why I liked it so much. If I were to change anything about this book, it would be the summary that's on the inside cover. It lead me to thinking it wasn't my type of book. I read the book because of how much a friend loved it. If it were up to me, that summary wouldn't be there. I find a lot of summaries on books to be the same way. This book is unique in almost every way. I'm kind of hoping it won't be turned into a movie. It would spoil it for anyone who hasn't read the book. Also, my experience is that on average, books are better anyway. Carl Hiassen did a great job on this book. This example of a one-of-a-kind adventure left me hanging, and hoping that Mr. Hiassen will write another kids book soon!
Date published: 2005-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...amazing adventure... Hoot is an amazing adventure. I love it. I could read it a million times with out getting bored. The main idea of the story is Roy, Beatrice and Mulletfingers are trying to save the owls that have their den in a construction site. If the people keep on building the owls will die! Mulletfingers cares about the owls the most so he puts alligators in the porta-potties and other pranks too. Even though it's a boy book I loved it and I reccomend it to anyone!
Date published: 2005-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...quirky and engrossing... Hoot is hilarious! Roy is a middle school loner who just moved to Florida from Montana. He is still adjusting to Florida's unique climate, when he becomes embroiled in a deliciously, offbeat mystery. While attempting to literally duck the school bully, who has it in for him, Roy hooks up with the barefoot boy . What follows is an adventure rife with original and wacky characters. From greedy corporate vice-presidents to not-too-bright local cops, Carl Hiaasen's characters are quirky and engrossing. His descriptions of south Florida's flora and fauna are vivid. As Roy grows to love his new surroundings, he quickly realizes that taking a stand for what you feel is right is not easy. This pro-environmental tale is a rollicking ride right up to the last page!
Date published: 2005-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ...fun to read... This is the first book I've read by Carl Hiaasen, and I must say it is a very different writing style. It's humorous and interesting, making it fun to read. Carl Hiaasen is a very creative and humorous writer. I think if she fixes up this book a bit and make it a bit more sensible, she'll have something amazing. I recommend this book to people who are looking for something different and interesting, and like a bit of humor.
Date published: 2005-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...best book... This book is the best book in the whole wide world. Harry Potter isn't as good as Carl Hiassen's Hoot. I can't wait till I can get my hands on another one of Carl Hiassen's books. And I bet if you read Hoot you'll feel the same way after you're done reading it. Everyone should read this book. I was sad when Hoot ended.
Date published: 2005-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book! Hoot was a great book! my friend had bought it for me. I started to read it and i couldent put it down. I love mystery books. I especially liked Hoot! I also like other books by the same author.
Date published: 2005-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...interesting... Hello! Kinetic Kait here. Hoot is an interesting book about a boy named Roy. Roy Eberhardt has grown up in many different places. But Florida is the strangest one yet. With bullies around every corner, Roy has to learn how to save his own skin as well as the burrowing owls. The owls live in tunnels underground, and are cute and harmless. When Roy learns their home is to be turned into the new Mother Paula's Pancake House, he is outraged. Then, one day on the bus to school, he sees a boy running along with no shoes, and not going in the direction of any school. The next time he sees him, he follows him and learns his nickname Mullet Fingers. But that's all. The boy's mysterious past, and true identity remains a secret. Meanwhile, he makes a new friend, Beatrice. They form an alliance, and Roy gets caught up in her secret world. The strange boy is linked to her, and both are doing all they can to save the owls. Now Roy must solve his bully problem, find out who the strange boy is, and make a very important decision. Although Beatrice and Mullet Fingers are ruining the construction site's equipment, and detain the construction for a good reason, it's still against the law. Roy must choose between what his heart wants to do, and what his brain wants to do. Will he make the right choice? I liked how Roy chose to try and save the burrowing owls, because their life is worth the same as ours is. It's cool how he was brave enough to stand up and say, you can't do this, it isn't fair. He also shows us that bullies don't have to control us; we can stand up and fight them. Hoot is about a boy discovering that what is declared allowed by law, isn't always what's right. And that you have to stand up for what you believe in, even if it's hard. Everyone's life is worth the same value, no matter how small they may seem. Roy also learns that friends come from strange places, and you should always be true to your heart.
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...so amazing... This book was so amazing. Carl Hiassen has found a way of writing books that any kid who has gone through being pushed around or teased feel like everything will be ok. In the story Roy makes new friends, faces his enemies and discovers more about himself. A must read book!
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A REAL HOOT! A REAL HOOT! Enter a mystery with a fraud farting champion, toilet trained alligaters- this book will crack you up... into a million pieces. The book great for people with a weird and adventurous side.
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...great book... Hoot is a great book. It's got all of the qualities of a great book. It's funny, it's got a great plot, climax and storyline, and it's an adventure/mystery story. You can also learn a lot from this book. For example, you can learn to stand up for yourself and your beliefs, you can learn that not everyone will clue into your point as quickly as you would like, and that being a ˜nuisance like Beatrice's brother, doesn't solve your problem, but only delays the situation. The book is about a boy (Roy) who moves to Florida. In his area they are planning on building a pancake house, but on the piece of land, there are burrowing owls. When the company does the groundbreaking, they'll kill all the burrowing owls, and its a law not to harm this endangered species. It's up to Roy and his friends to make a plan to save the owls! My favorite part of this book was when Roy and other kids from the school protested against the makings of the Mother Paula's All-American House of Pancakes. I liked that part because the whole story was building up to this part-it's the climax of the story, and it was pretty funny. The kids made a big difference to the owls-the difference between life and death. On a scale from 1-10, this book is a 10. I'd recommend this book to everyone I knew. I would say this book is for the ages 10+, just because of the level of reading, kids 7-9 would probably enjoy the story, too. I enjoyed reading this book so much. I would read it again and again, and lend it to my friends. It's so much fun to read!
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...really good... this book is really good because in the begining, carl hiassen kinda has few different ideas and he keeps jumping on conclusion to conclusions but near the end the ideas all meet up. like the construction site it dosent relate to roy at all and at the end roy saves the the owls. when in first read the begging i was woundering why the title was hoot. cause hoot dosent talk about a boy and his family or friends. I felt this book is really good. this book is kind of like flipped by wendilin van draanen
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...pro-environmental... Hoot by Carl Hiaasen is a fictional story set in Florida, U.S.A. In the beginning we meet Roy Eberhardt, the new kid at Trace Middle still brooding about his old home in Montana. Bullied by the meanest boy in school, Roy is convinced that nothing good or interesting could happen in Florida until one morning, he spots a strange, shoeless boy running past the bus stop. Intrigued by the strange blonde, Roy attempts to uncover the story behind him. However, the athletic and intimidating Beatrice Leep, who seems to know more about the runner than she lets on, warns him to mind his own business. As Roy unravels this mystery, he realizes that the runner may have something to do with the current acts of vandalism at the site of the future pancake house. Before long, Roy finds himself joined in a fight against greedy developers who threaten the homes of innocent animals. One reason I like this book is because it contains many good themes. One is that you shouldn't hide from bullies, but confront them. For example, when Beatrice Leep threatened Roy in the hallway, instead of hiding, Roy went to her and talked to her. As a result, Beatrice and Roy eventually became good friends. Roy also confronted the school bus bully, Dana Matherson and although he couldn't gain his friendship, Roy avoided hiding from Dana for the rest of the year. Another theme is that changes happen and you must accept them. Roy was so upset about moving from Montana that he wasn't really giving Florida a chance. However, as the story developes, Roy realizes that moping around is fruitless and he should accept the things he can't change. Thirdly, Hoot encourages kids that you should stand up for what you believe in, no matter what the odds. When Roy discovers why the strange boy is involved in the vandalism, he sees that the boy won't ever give up, even though it's him against an entire corporation. When I read this book, I couldn't put it down. I love how Hiaasen connected Roy's searches for the running boy and the vandalism of the pancake house site. I also liked how he portrayed Dana: stupid, slow, and fat. It made Dana seem less threatening, though still very powerful. This book encourages kids to stand up for what they believe in and not to be afraid of speaking up. I would recommend this book to kids age twelve or thirteen or anyone who wants a good laugh. Overall, Hoot was a great, pro-environmental book.
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ...mysterious and adventurous... A boy named Roy gets mixed up in a fight to save lives, owls' lives to be precise. The book was full of action and when Roy finds out that the girl named Beatrice has a stepbrother that doesn't wear any shoes and runs everywhere; he tries to catch this flying kid. He ends up helping this daredevil out in countless ways including giving him shoes, giving him his identity when he needed medical attention. Roy also gave an idea to Mullet Fingers so that he could save the small burrowing owls without getting himself landed in juvenile hall. The owls were in the ground of the future Mother Paula's All-American House of Pancakes. Roy had found out that the files that gave permission to cover up the dens of the owls were mysteriously missing. Either someone had taken them out of the file or there were never any to begin with. If they took a picture of the owls, they could show it to the president or the vise-president of the company, showing them they couldn't bulldoze the lot because the owls were protected under certain laws saying that you cannot cover up their dens if they are still being used. Unfortunately when Roy looked at the pictures in front of everyone to show the vise-president, they were only a thumb, a foot and a little white speck of feathers on the side of the picture. After the disappointment of not being able to save the owls, all of a sudden, Mullet Finger's head popped out of an owl burrow and he threatens the vice-president to not come near him or else he would dump a pail full of deadly snakes- which were actually only rubber snakes that he was pretending were deadly. The vice-president found out but Roy ran up to stop him from trying to dig Mullet Fingers out of the burrow. Beatrice came along side him and then all the kids that attended came and formed a circle blocking the vice-presidents way. It ended up that the owls were saved and the company, punished. This book was mysterious and adventurous. Anyone who likes books like that would like it. I'm a girl and I even found it exciting. If I could change one thing about the book, I would've Mullet Fingers being reunited with his stepfather and his stepfather would divorce his wife but keep Mullet Fingers (This would also be the new ending). I've never read a book like this one so I couldn't think of another book, movie or show that was like it. I liked how it was really mysterious and you never knew what was going to happen next but I disliked that Mullet Fingers wasn't trusting enough to give Roy his name, even after Roy helped him. I could relate to only one thing in the book, that I love animals and I would do anything to save them, but not by vandalism. All in all, this was an exceptional book!
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...wild thrilling adventure... This book was a wild thrilling adventure, full of heroes your bound to cheer for and villians your rooting against. A great tale of owls,alligators,running boys and school bullys as one kid tries to make a difference and ends up making a friend!
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ...slow... Hoot, by Carl Hiassen, is for young readers who like animals, specifically birds. I found the plot slow, with too much detail. Of course, I'm an action booklover who prefers a book that jumps from one exciting event to another. Hoot is about a boy named Roy who has moved from his beloved home in Montana to Florida. It is the tenth time he has moved. Roy finds Florida dull until he gets caught up with the 'running boy', Beatrice the Bear, the hulking Dana Matherson and the war between the owls and Mother Paula's Pancake House. On the other hand there is a policeman who is after them as well as a mean foreman named Curly. Hoot reminds me of the many books about people protecting the eviroment. One thing I like about this book is the irony like when the bald foreman called himself 'Curly'. If I could change one thing in this novel it would be to add more action. However for those who love the enviroment this book is a must.
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...heart-warming... This happens to be one of those rare books that will make you laugh out loud, and everybody can always use a good laugh. Hoot follows the adventures of a young boy as he battles a bully, makes new friends, and works to save some burrowing owls from a future development by a massive franchise. It has a wacky, yet lovable, set of characters that range from an ambitious young policeman to a boy with no name that doesn't attend school. It was wonderful how there were two or three parallel stories (Roy and Dana; Roy, Beatrice, and Mullet Fingers; and Curly and Officer Delinko) that all were brought together in the end. The book peaked my interest and concern, because being a hiker; I love nature and animals, and was truly anxious about the outcome of the owls. Like Roy, I was torn between my brain and my heart. I was worried about Roy and Mullet Fingers getting in trouble with the law, and yet also I was hoping for them to succeed in saving the owls. I felt it was too bad at the end that Mullet Fingers wasn't able to reunite with his family, or at least stay in Coconut Cove and be Roy's friend. Maybe Leon could've divorced Lonna and lived with Beatrice and Napoleon. The ending given, of course, is much more realistic, and in a way, it's better for Mullet Fingers to live away from his mother and to be out in nature. This book with its wacky pranks and characters is extremely humorous, and in the same respects, the motivation behind the pranks makes it heart-warming. Honestly, if my mom read the part where all the kids join hands and sing This Land is Your Land , she would've cried with happiness. Even above and beyond that, though, Hoot is inspiring, and shows you that you should stand up for what is right, and what you believe in.
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...crazy adventure... This book is about a twelve year old boy named Roy.Roy lives in florida with his parents.when a mother Paulas pancake house moves into coconut cove.there building puts a family of burrowing animals in danger,Roy,and his friends Beatrice and Mullet fingers get swept up in a crazy adventure to protect the owls. Roy's adventures include vandailism,kiddnapping,lying,stealing and many more. This book is a feel good story were good triumphs over evil,bad guys are exsposed and friendships prove stronger than anything. I would recommend this book to people who like mysteries and happy endings. I would give this book a nine out of ten.
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ...somewhat boring... This book was okay I like how it was funny but i didn't like how it was somewhat boring. The main character is Roy and some other main characters are Beatrice and Beatrice's stepbrother. Beatrice's stepbrother ran away from his home and lives in a junkyard in a old ice cream truck. The book was about saving burrowing owls that lived underground and people were going to put up a restuarant and bulldose over the owls so the owls would die allthough people that were putting up the building didn't know about the burrowing owls that lived underground. Roy and his friends did save the owls and they didn't put up the building after all but they did find a new place for the resturant to go with no owls under the ground!
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...a gripping story... This book has a gripping story just waiting to unfold. Roy is a new kid in Florida who goes to Trace Middle. He has to face many challenges like bullies, or struggling to find friends but, his story has many solutions. A bully called Dana Matherson is physically assaulting him but , this turns out to have helped him because during the assult he spots a boy running faster than any one he has ever seen. One day he sees this boy again but fails to catch him because a golf ball hit him on the ear. Now I have to introduce two new character, Officer Delinko and Curley. Officer Delinko is a young cop trying to move higher in the police department, and Curly is a Supervising Engineer trying to stop a vandal who is messing up the scheduled time to build the Mother Mary's All American Pancake House. All of the lives of these people meet after Roy finds out who the boy is (Beatrice's stepbrother). Mullet Fingers turns out to be the vandal who does many stupid, but funny pranks, like taking out the scurvy sticks and filling the holes or even filling the port-a-potties with crocks. Curly and the Officer one night find Dana breaking into the trailer that Curly was at because Roy told him there were cigarettes in there. They arrest Dana thinking he was the vandal and send him to juvenile hall. In the end of the book it turns out that Mullet Fingers (Beatrice's stepbrother) was doing all this because of some rare burrowing owls. All of Roy's and B's friends and a few other people joined to fight the management at the Pancake House because they where going to kill all of the owls. Then the Pancake House made front page in the newspaper. At the end of all this they win the fight and the owls are safe agan. I can relate to Roy in many ways, Roy had a big problem with bullies, and I have been called so many names it is hard just to list 20. Roy also has moved a lot, I lived in Houston, Texas for six years and then moved to Calgary it is very had to move because of a lot of things. Roy will stand up for what he believes in and so will I. This author has a talent shared by few. He can express emotion so well. This was one of the hardest books to let go of . Because of that it only took me three days to read. I would recommend this book to all readers. It moved me by showing me to stand up for what I believe in and never give up. I also have a confession to make, people always say don't judge a book by its cover, well I did, and was I so wrong.
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...very good... Imagine putting your whole self at risk by vandalizing property, putting crocodiles in construction workers Porta Potties , and taking off all the seats on some rusty, old bulldozers! All for some pop-can-sized owls that don't even know the difference between the good and the bad guy. That is the risk that a boy takes in the book ˜Hoot . On the bus to school one day, a boy named Roy discovers another boy named Mullet Fingers. Mullet Fingers is trying to help save some Burrowing Owls (owls that dig holes in the ground instead of living in trees) from dying when a company plans to build a ˜Mother Paula's All American Pancake House on their home. Roy does some research and finds out that it is illegal to build anything on the endangered owl's natural habitat. Roy takes this information to his dad, a lawyer, and shuts down the building of the restaurant on that site. I liked the fact that it proved to kids that they really could make a difference and that adults can make mistakes. I like the author's sense of humour and creativity. I think that Mullet Fingers could have found better ways to help save the owls. Even though he thought he was doing the right thing, vandalizing is just as illegal as building ˜Mother Paula's on Burrowing Owls' homes. If I could rewrite the ending, I would have kept Mullet Finger's identity unknown, like Superman and Spiderman, who are also doers of good. I could relate more to Roy's way of helping the owls because Mullet Fingers' way was clever, but it was still not the smartest way of going about things because it was not the legal way. I think anyone who likes the genres of mystery; adventure or humour would enjoy this book. The author's creativity and wacky situations really pull you in when you start this book because it's not everyday you read a fiction book about owls who are going to be squashed by a restaurant. If I could change one thing about the book, it would be the title, ˜Hoot . I would call the book ˜Mullet Fingers , because it really is about a young boy trying to save owls, not owls trying to save themselves. I thought this book reminded me of the movie, ˜Catch That Kid . In the movie, the main character's dad had leg problems. He needed to have surgery to walk again but the family didn't have enough money ($25,000!). The insurance company was supposed to pay for it, but they didn't. The main character got together with some friends; they were going to rob $25,000 from a bank! I thought it was like the book because, like Mullet Fingers, the kids thought they were doing the right thing but really they were doing as wrong as the insurance company/˜Mother Paula's Restaurant . In conclusion, this book was very good and I will be sure to read it again!
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ...hard... It was such a hard book to get into. Even if you had to read it, it would be hard. Some of my friends liked it but i thought it was boring, because i didnt really get it.
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...adventure,mystery and humour... I loved this book because it had adventure,mystery and humour combined all together. Another reason why I liked this book was because it kept you guessing like at first who was the person who was doing the tricks and then if the burrowing owls would be saved. This story told me to respect nature. This story was about a runaway boy , the boy's stepsister and and a boy who becomes the stepsister and the other boy's friend. The three worked together like a team to help save the burrowing owls. The owls lived in burrows where the town was going to make a pancake house. I think if people like mystery or adventure books they should read this book. At first I looked at the cover of the book and it looked pretty boring but then my sister said I had to read it so I did and I really enjoyed it. As the saying goes You can't judge a book by its cover. When I read this book it made me think of a movie and a book. The book was called Booky. It was about a girl who had problems in her live but there was always somthing there to cheer her up again. The movie was called Rabbit-Proof Fence. It was about a girl who was taken away from her family and was taken to a school. She did not like it there so she took her cousin and sister and ran away. They had to cross a desert but only the 2 of them made it. That made me think about the boy with no name. I am sort of like Beatrice because I love sports. I think anyone who gets the chance to read should read this book!!
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...SOOO amazing! This book was SOOO amazing! This new kid, who everyone picks on, especially the school bully, notices this strange boy running down the street, wearing no shoes. Well, Roy (the new kid) is intrigued and decides to investigate into this matter. Well, he doesn't know it but this boy would lead him in many adventures, but everything is based around the strange, but rare, burrowing owls, living in a soon-to-become pancake house lot. This book, as I said before, was AMAZING! However, I had to sort-of make myself read it because I found the story, at the beginning, boring, but once I started I couldn't stop, I read until 3:00 am! I would also recomend it to any animal rights activists or just animal-lovers, like me, becuase it will touch your hearts! Also, I realize now that this book is in the Guy Zone but everybody would love it, I'm a girl and I liked it. So I encourage everyone to get out there and read the amzing book...HOOT!
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awsome book!!!!! this book is great if you like suspense and adventure. It is written in a humor sense. The author is very creative in writing to book. Its written very well, and the description makes you feel as if you are in that person's shoes. If you have time, dont miss out on reading this book.
Date published: 2005-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever Hey i just finished reading the book hoot and i swear it is the best book in the world!!!!!!!!! Everone should read it!! If you don't it's your loss it's the best!!
Date published: 2003-01-12

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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 other big kids once he boarded the bus, but that didn't happen.... Because the boy kept running-past the corner, past the line of students waiting to get on the bus; past the bus itself. Roy wanted to shout, "Hey, look at that guy!" but his mouth wasn't working so well. Dana Matherson still had him from behind, pushing his face against the window. As the bus pulled away from the intersection, Roy hoped to catch another glimpse of the boy farther up the street. However, he had turned off the sidewalk and was now cutting across a private yard-running very fast, much faster than Roy could run and maybe even faster than Richard, Roy's best friend back in Montana. Richard was so fast that he got to work out with the high school track squad when he was only in seventh grade. Dana Matherson was digging his fingernails into Roy's scalp, trying to make him squeal, but Roy barely felt a thing. He was gripped with curiosity as the running boy dashed through one neat green yard after another, getting smaller in Roy's vision as he put a wider distance between himself and the school bus. Roy saw a big pointy-eared dog, probably a German shepherd, bound off somebody's porch and go for the boy. Incredibly, the boy didn't change his course. He vaulted over the dog, crashed through a cherry hedge, and then disappeared from view. Roy gasped. "Whassamatter, cowgirl? Had enough?" This was Dana, hissing in Roy's right ear. Being the new kid on the bus, Roy didn't expect any help from the others. The "cowgirl" remark was so lame, it wasn't worth getting mad about. Dana was a well-known idiot, on top of which he outweighed Roy by at least fifty pounds. Fighting back would have been a complete waste of energy. "Had enough yet? We can't hear you, Tex." Dana's breath smelled like stale cigarettes. Smoking and beating up smaller kids were his two main hobbies. "Yeah, okay," Roy said impatiently. "I've had enough." As soon as he was freed, Roy lowered the window and stuck out his head. The strange boy was gone. Who was he? What was he running from? Roy wondered if any of the other kids on the bus had seen what he'd seen. For a moment he wondered if he'd really seen it himself. That same morning, a police officer named David Delinko was sent to the future site of another Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House. It was a vacant lot at the corner of East Oriole and Woodbury, on the eastern edge of town. Officer Delinko was met by a man in a dark blue pickup truck. The man, who was as bald as a beach ball, introduced himself as Curly. Officer Delinko thought the bald man must have a good sense of humor to go by such a nickname, but he was wrong. Curly was cranky and unsmiling. "You should see what they done," he said to the policeman. "Who?" "Follow me," the man called Curly said. Officer Delinko got in step behind him. "The dispatcher said you wanted to report some vandalism." "That's right," Curly grunted over his shoulder. The policeman couldn't see what there was to be vandalized on the property, which was basically a few acres of scraggly weeds. Curly stopped walking and pointed at a short piece of lumber on the ground. A ribbon of bright pink plastic was tied to one end of the stick. The other end was sharpened and caked with gray dirt. Curly said, "They pulled 'em out." "That's a survey stake?" asked Officer Delinko. "Yep. They yanked 'em out of the ground, every damn one. "Probably just kids." "And then they threw'em every which way," Curly said, waving a beefy arm, "and then they filled in the holes." "That's a little weird," the policeman remarked. "When did this happen?" "Last night or early this morning," Curly said. "Maybe it don't look like a big deal, but it's gonna take a while to get the site marked out again. Meantime, we can't start clearin' or gradin' or nuthin'. We got backhoes and dozers already leased, and now they gotta sit. I know it don't look like the crime of the century, but still-" "I understand," said Officer Delinko. "What's your estimate of the monetary damage?" "Damage?" "Yes. So I can put it in my report." The policeman picked up the survey stake and examined it. "It's not really broken, is it?" "Well, no-" "Were any of them destroyed?" asked Officer Delinko. "How much does one of these things cost-a buck or two?" The man called Curly was losing his patience. "They didn't break none of the stakes," he said gruffly. "Not even one?" The policeman frowned. He was trying to figure out what to put in his report. You can't have vandalism without monetary damages, and if nothing on the property was broken or defaced.... "What I'm tryin' to explain," Curly said irritably, "it's not that they messed up the survey stakes, it's them screwing up our whole construction schedule. That's where it'll cost some serious bucks."

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