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Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Scat (2009)

by Carl Hiaasen

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This story brings out high school humor and combines it with mystery. It also focuses on how endangered animals in our habitats.
  7mary7 | Sep 2, 2015 |
I have have been to the East Coast, many times to Pennsylvania to visit my grandparents. I have never gone south down the East Coast to Florida, where my cousins live, and where Carl Hiaasen’s children’s novels are based. If you are familiar with Hiaasen’s writing, you will know that Scat is much like his other novels, Hoot and Flush, in regards to protecting wildlife, being based in Florida, having the protagonist be a young boy with a female sidekick of some sorts. There is also a theme of big corporations in all of these novels, and there are many real life challenges these characters face, such as bullies at school, mean teachers, moving, having a father go to war, etc. With descriptive language, specific allusions and humor, Hiaasen practically takes the reader and places them into Florida, and into the shoes of the main character.
In Scat, Nick and Marta’s most feared biology teacher, Mrs. Starch, goes missing. The principle in the story appears to cover up the truth and be dishonest with where Mrs. Starch is, however Nick and Marta see right through his smoke in mirrors, as the other happenings at the time were just too odd. The class clown, Smoke, has completely cleaned up his act, and Nick thinks that has something to do with the wildfire that occurred on their field trip the day before, when Mrs.Starch disappeared.
What does a blur in a video, a teacher’s house full of stuffed animals, a missing mean teacher, a class arsonist, panther droppings, state parks, and rare Florida panthers all have in common? Read this book to find out! ( )
  sommerkirk | Apr 21, 2015 |
  mrsforrest | Feb 23, 2015 |
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 |
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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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This is dedicated to the memory of Dr. David Maehr, a gifted wildlife biologist who helped me during the research for this book. Dave spent many years tracking and studying Florida's endangered panthers. Because of his efforts, and those of others who followed, these magnificent cats still roam wild in the swamps and prairies of southern Florida.
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The day before Mrs. Starch vanished, her third-period biology students trudged silently, as always, into the classroom.
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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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