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The setting, as with Hiaasen's crime thrillers for adults such as Basket Case and Sick Puppy, is sunny Florida and the heat, swamps, dust and pancakes all contribute to the authentic atmosphere of the book. His favourite environmental theme is here too, as is the thoroughly watertight plotting. There's an engaging mystery set up on the very first page and it builds nicely with more twists and turns as the story unfolds--all of them reassuringly tied up come the final pages.
Roy Eberhardt's story begins when he is being mashed up against the window of the school bus by bully Dana Matherson. He spots an athletic bare-footed boy running away from the bus and wonders where he is going. Further investigations, after he has unwisely smashed Dana's nose in to get away from him, leads Roy into the middle of a battle between a green-minded local runaway and the proposed opening of a pancake restaurant. The development threatens the habitat of a burrowing-owl colony and it's an issue that several people in the community have differing views upon--not all of them legal.
Roy carries the story very well indeed. He's likable and persistent in the face of unexpected and challenging adventure, despite his modest size. The cause he chooses to support is eminently worthy--he weighs up the strength of his beliefs with the necessity to slightly bend the law. This is a good story with some great writing--a winning combination. (For readers aged 10 and over.) --John McLay --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I am a big fan of Carl Hiaasen's. He perfectly captures the frustrations of being picked on, and unaccepted as a child. Read morePublished on June 8 2006 by A. R.
Roy Eberhardt, the hero in the story Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, is a fourteen year old boy who is quick, sharp, sly, clever, and way beyond his years. Read morePublished on March 2 2006 by John
Before I read this book, I read this talented author's second "environmental" book. What I enjoyed about FLUSH is that he takes a serious subject (environment) and... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2005 by Betty L. Dravis
I love all of Carl Hiaasen's works and HOOT, even though it's touted for the younger set, is no exception. Read morePublished on July 12 2004
With rich detail and the perspective of an eleven-year-old boy, Carl Hiaasen wrote an award winning novel, Hoot. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Taylor
In reading the book Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, I have come to the opinion that the author wrote this book as a mystery novel to show what the job of a detective is like. Read morePublished on June 10 2004
In reading the book Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, I have come to the opinion that the author wrote this book as a mystery novel to show what the job of a detective is like. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Stan Wix
This book was very logical and believable. This is probably a book for someone who doesn't like fantasy. And boys would LOVE this book, as well. Read morePublished on May 29 2004