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Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Hoot (original 2002; edition 2005)

by Carl Hiaasen

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Authors:Carl Hiaasen
Info:Yearling (2005), Paperback, 292 pages
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Tags:Novel, Animals, Award Winning, Gr.3-5, Gr.4-7

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Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (2002)



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I enjoyed reading this book for two main reasons, the thickening plot and determined characters. I found the book to be very engaging because it was about a topic that not many books I have read talk about, and that is the importance of the environment and our natural surroundings. The main character Roy is determined to save the owls’ habitat but faces many difficulties and has to stand up for what he believes. The friends he makes along the way help him fight for the owls’ habitat and show that hard work and passion can pay off. Roy doesn’t make friends with everyone however and his growth as a leader, shows his strong personality and determination. The big idea of this story is that by standing up for what you believe, not everyone will agree with your ideas, but it is important to be passionate and have friends who support you. ( )
  gretchencompere | May 1, 2016 |
My 11 y.o. daughter recommended this book to me. It was a great book for her age group. Nicely paced, some irreverent humour to lighten the slightly preachy tones. ( )
  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
Roy makes two oddball friends and a bad enemy ( )
  lindy_brooke | Apr 12, 2016 |
This book along with other Hiaasen's titles get checked out a lot in my 4/5 grade library. It was a quick read with quirky characters. I liked the underlying message in the story too and can see the appeal to the middle grades in reading it. This book could be used as a read aloud or novel study in middle school or for lessons focusing on voice, suspense, imagery, point of view, and other literary devices such as irony and symbolism.
  KatBarbie | Apr 9, 2016 |
I have enjoyed Carl Hiassen books before, and this one is now my favorite of his books for young people. The young people are fighting for justice and pranks are played on the "bad guys" so that they end up looking like goofballs. Of course, the kids are at first afraid to involve their parents or any adults, and act on their own. One is even living in the "wild" as a runaway. Eventually, the adults and young people come together for the cause of protecting an endangered owl species that is in the way of commercial enterprise.
  abtrav | Apr 5, 2016 |
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Pat Tate (Carousel 23 (Spring 2003))
Roy Eberhardt is being bullied by Dana Matherson, mainly because he is the new boy who has just moved to the school in Florida from Montana. A refreshingly different tale because Roy resolutely refuses to give in to the bully, and as a result of this positive stand he sees something mysterious which develops into an intriguing story. There is a connection with the tantalising title and cover and the delightful humour, together with the lovably quirky characters in this special novel, is most satisfying. My heart warmed to the policeman who fell asleep in his patrol car, and woke to find someone had painted all the windows black. The book feels very American but young readers will cope with the slight cultural differences, which may well enhance their enjoyment of the tale.
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Nicholas Tucker (Books for Keeps No. 140, May 2003)
Hiaasen must be the most entertaining environmental author there has yet been. Now addressing a younger audience for the first time, his latest passionate but also very funny novel jogs along paths already familiar to fans of his previous adult eco-thrillers. Set in his beloved but continuously over-developed state of Florida, this story features a wild boy out to defeat a Pancake company from building on land dwelt in by rare burrowing owls. Up against him are Curly, the grumpy, bald site foreman, Officer Delinko, an unfortunate policeman, and Chuck E Muckle, company chairman and ruthless entrepreneur. All this is witnessed by Roy, a new boy in the area who is also the target of his school's chief bully. How everything finally works out is a joy to behold, with enough one-liners to keep any reader happy long after the event. Category: 10-14 Middle/Secondary. Rating: ***** (Unmissable). ...., Macmillan, 288pp, D9.99 pbk. Ages 10 to 14.
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Roy Eberhardt is the new kid--again. This time around it's Trace Middle School in humid Coconut Grove, Florida. But it's still the same old routine: table by himself at lunch, no real friends, and thick-headed bullies like Dana Matherson pushing him around. But if it wasn't for Dana Matherson mashing his face against the school bus window that one day, he might never have seen the tow-headed running boy. And if he had never seen the running boy, he might never have met tall, tough, bully-beating Beatrice. And if he had never met Beatrice, he might never have discovered the burrowing owls living in the lot on the corner of East Oriole Avenue. And if he had never discovered the owls, he probably would have missed out on the adventure of a lifetime. Apparently, bullies do serve a greater purpose in the scope of the universe. Because if it wasn't for Dana Matherson...

In his first novel for a younger audience, Carl Hiaasen (Basket Case, etc.) plunges readers right into the middle of an ecological mystery, made up of endangered miniature owls, the Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House scheduled to be built over their burrows, and the owls' unlikely allies--three middle school kids determined to beat the screwed-up adult system. Hiaasen's tongue is firmly in cheek as he successfully cuts his slapstick sense of humor down to kid-size. Sure to be a hoot, er, hit with middle school mystery fans. (Ages 10 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert

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Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

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