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Scat (2009)

by Carl Hiaasen

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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 |
Carl Hiaasen's latest is funny, exciting and has wonderful lessons about family and our environment. Ed Asner's audio narration was just ok - maybe it was too many hours watching Mary Tyler Moore - I had a hard time picturing kids with his voice. But the strong story makes up for it. Definitely recommended as a good book for a family road trip. ( )
  jmoncton | Jun 3, 2013 |
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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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