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Scat (2009)

by Carl Hiaasen

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I discovered delights in every aspect of this novel from cover art to every aspect of the story. It's a book that I would describe as one of the special treasure chests you sometimes discover between the covers of a novel. It is a magical treasure of a story that can be enjoyed for so many reasons with the first being the broad spectrum of characters and storylines that are all blended together perfectly.
As a former librarian, a special pleasure is to discover titles that can be equally recommended to both female and male readers. "Scat" is a perfect example of such a title. This novel could be recommended to readers regardless of age from Young Adult to Adult.
With the broad spectrum of teenage and adult characters and with each character in a different 'place' in their lives whether defined by family role (i.e. mother, father, son, daughter, grandmother, mother-in-law), job role (i.e. student, faculty member, headmaster, business owner, employee), or 'place' as defined by the individual's self-confidence or life experiences - this novel has something for everyone!
To name just a few of the wide spectrum of storylines this novel includes: environmental protection, wildlife preservation/protection with specific example of endangered panthers in Florida (US), a life-changing injury for a father in military service and a son's reaction, arson investigation, being true to yourself, being true to your passion, trust, and the true meaning of friendship and support systems regardless if family member, classmate, or friend.
I hope you'll be the next to read this title! :) ( )
  Corduroy7 | Aug 6, 2014 |
My 11 year old read this and rated it 3 stars. He liked it well enough to check out the next two in the series to read this summer as well. "Flush" and "Hoot" ( )
  nadelle | Feb 20, 2014 |
This one seems to come closer to his adult books in some ways. A good quick moving adventure. I liked the way the adults and kids worked together. I appreciated the growth and the way all of the characters learned and became better people for their experiences, but not in a preachy way at all. I was disappointed in Ed Asner as a reader. ( )
  njcur | Feb 18, 2014 |
Carl Hiaasen writes very good character-driven novels for adults and kids. His characters are always memorable, with clearly defined "good guys" and "bad guys", and sometimes even a reluctant hero who changes his ways mid-stream. The only thing that gets a little old with Mr. Hiaasen's books is that there always seems to be an underlying theme of "save the planet" and it can be too preachy at times.

A very poignant part of this book was that one of the main characters had a father who was wounded while serving in Iraq. It brought to mind not only how these injuries effect our wounded soldiers, but how they effect every member of the family. ( )
  daatwood | Nov 21, 2013 |
If you like Hiassen's adult novels, you are still going to love his YA stuff. This novel has many characters but all are developed well. Hiassen's irreverence shines in this story about endangered panthers, a swamp fire and some misunderstood teenagers. ( )
  mbklibrary | Aug 25, 2013 |
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...the ingenious plotting makes “Scat” more engrossing than either of its predecessors. The characters are richer — two of them turn out to be not at all the caricatures they seemed at first. And even the title is a clever pun, referring both to the good guys’ message to the bad guys, and to the panther droppings that hold a key to the mystery. In short, Hiaasen’s​ novels for younger readers seem to be maturing right along with them.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375834869, Hardcover)

Bestselling author and columnist Carl Hiaasen returns with another hysterical mystery for kids set in Florida's Everglades.
 
Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, is missing. She disappeared after a school field trip to Black Vine Swamp. And, to be honest, the kids in her class are relieved.
 
But when the principal tries to tell the students that Mrs. Starch has been called away on a "family emergency," Nick and Marta just don't buy it. No, they figure the class delinquent, Smoke, has something to do with her disappearance.
 
And he does! But not in the way they think. There's a lot more going on in Black Vine Swamp than any one player in this twisted tale can see. And Nick and Marta will have to reckon with an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat named Chelsea, a wannabe Texas oilman, a singing substitute teacher, and a ticked-off Florida panther before they really begin to see the big picture.
 
That's life in the swamp, kids.

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Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

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