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Scat by Carl Hiaasen
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Scat (2009)

by Carl Hiaasen

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This was an ok book. It got good towards the end his books before were a lot better than this one though
  bookscantgetenough | May 5, 2019 |
Young teen works to rescue a Florida panther and cub while dealing with school issues and an injured father. Fairly good book for young adults, but not so much for adults. ( )
  addunn3 | Jul 8, 2018 |
When the scariest teacher at the Truman School goes missing after the field trip to Black Vine Swamp gets cut short due to a forest fire, Nick and Marta get the feeling that something is terribly wrong. But when the class delinquent “Smoke” is blamed for the fire, the two kids suspect he has something to do with the teacher’s mysterious disappearance as well. Complicating their investigation is the unexpected return of Nick’s father from Iraq with a life-altering injury—a severed right arm. As Nick tries to deal with the situation at home, he also must deal with the uneasy feeling that Smoke isn’t responsible and that something else, something much darker, is going on.

What I liked: Great characters, great plot, great tension. I really got pulled into the story, and the more I read, the more I wanted to know what was going to happen. Lots of interesting characters, each with their own quirks, and because the author puts you in each of their POVs, you get to know the characters pretty well.

What I did not like: It was just too long. Some of the scenes felt completely unnecessary, and I was like…why was this scene even in here? There were a lot of character POV shifts which at first felt confusing, but after a while, you pick up on the rhythm.

Overall, an interesting read with an interesting mystery.
4.5 out of 5 stars ( )
  AlbaArango | Jun 3, 2018 |
When their unpopular biology teacher, Mrs. Starch, goes missing in a suspicious fire during a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp, Nick and Marta don't buy the headmaster's excuse for her absence and decide to do some investigating of their own.

What a fun, exciting adventure for young adults and us older people too. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Apr 1, 2018 |
This story is like a literary version of a movie I'd expect to see on The Disney Channel. Clearly delineated good guys and bad guys, caricaturized characters, youth who help save the day, cops who give away more info than they do in real life, idiotic teachers, etc.
Nice to have a book in a nature setting promoting conservation, but leave this book for the 12 year olds who will enjoy it more. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Dec 3, 2017 |
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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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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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