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Hoot [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Carl Hiaasen , Chad Lowe
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Oct. 12 2004
Unfortunately, Roy’s first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, if Dana hadn’t been sinking his thumbs into Roy’s temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is intriguing: he was running away from the school bus, carried no books, and–here’s the odd part–wore no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy’s trail. The chase introduces him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparkling tails.
Roy has most definitely arrived in Carl Hiaasen’s Florida.

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Hoot, Carl Hiaasen's debut novel for younger readers is a very special treat indeed. The writing is exceptionally good, and the characters extremely quirky and well realised. It's incredibly readable despite a story premise that is not sparklingly original. But no matter, there's an engaging "feel-good" vibe running through the whole book.

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.

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With a Florida setting and proenvironment, antidevelopment message, Hiaasen (Sick Puppy) returns to familiar turf for his first novel for young readers. Characteristically quirky characters and comic twists will surely gain the author new fans, though their attention may wander during his narrative's intermittently protracted focus on several adults, among them a policeman and the manager of a construction site for a new franchise of a pancake restaurant chain. Both men are on a quest to discover who is sabotaging the site at night, including such pranks as uprooting survey stakes, spray-painting the police cruiser's windows while the officer sleeps within and filling the portable potties with alligators. The story's most intriguing character is the boy behind the mischief, a runaway on a mission to protect the miniature owls that live in burrows underneath the site. Roy, who has recently moved to Florida from Montana, befriends the homeless boy (nicknamed Mullet Fingers) and takes up his cause, as does the runaway's stepsister. Though readers will have few doubts about the success of the kids' campaign, several suspenseful scenes build to the denouement involving the sitcom-like unraveling of a muckity-muck at the pancake house. These, along with dollops of humor, help make the novel quite a hoot indeed. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hoot Sept. 16 2006
Format:Paperback
This is a great book for everyone. Carl Hiaasen does a wonderful job in using Burrowing Owls as a central part of the story. The story is about a new kid who attempts to save some burrowing owls from a construction site. The new kid's name is Roy Eberhardt and he is from Montana.

Roy lives in Coconut Cove, and he doesn't have any friends since he just moved. Roy is hoping to meet some new friends at school but before Roy can meet a friend he encounters a bully. The bully's name is Dana Matherson and he always picks on Roy. One day on the bus Dana tries to strangle Roy while Roy sees a boy running alongside the bus. Roy gets out to chase after him but after halfway in the chase he gets hit by a golf ball. Roy wakes up to find he's in the principal's office where he gets questioned about the incident.

After school Roy retraces his steps which leads him to the woods where he finds himself face to face with cottonmouth moccasin. A boy, possibly the one that morning, helps him escape but is he friend or foe? Roy found out that the boy was friendly and his nickname is Mullet Fingers. Roy found this out from his sister who's name is Beatrice Leep. Beatrice and Roy decide to join Mullet Fingers to save the owls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adventure June 11 2006
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is a story about a boy, Roy, who has just moved to Florida. His first day at school he gets called ‘Tex’ and the nickname sticks and the harassment begins. Yet life is never as simple as being the new kid in school, trying to hang low and trying to just get by.

He meets many interesting characters in Florida:

Dana Matherson - The School Bully

Mullet Fingers – A Kid who lives in the forest

Beatrice Leep – Captain of the Soccer Team,

And Mullet’s Stepsister

But Mullet is on a mission. He is trying to save burrowing owls from being wiped out by the Mother Paula’s Pancake House, which is supposed to be building a new restaurant.

Mullet uses guerilla tactics: alligators in the port-a-potties, snakes all over the job site, and many, many more. Roy tries to go a different route: checking out building out permits, getting classmates to come and speak and raise their voice at the groundbreaking.

Can a few young kids save an endangered bird? Will Mullet, Roy and Beatrice succeed? Pick up the book and read it. There is also a movie coming out this summer that should be a hit with children and adults alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adventure June 11 2006
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is a story about a boy, Roy, who has just moved to Florida. His first day at school he gets called ‘Tex’ and the nickname sticks and the harassment begins. Yet life is never as simple as being the new kid in school, trying to hang low and trying to just get by.

He meets many interesting characters in Florida:

Dana Matherson - The School Bully

Mullet Fingers – A Kid who lives in the forest

Beatrice Leep – Captain of the Soccer Team,

And Mullet’s Stepsister

But Mullet is on a mission. He is trying to save burrowing owls from being wiped out by the Mother Paula’s Pancake House, which is supposed to be building a new restaurant.

Mullet uses guerilla tactics: alligators in the port-a-potties, snakes all over the job site, and many, many more. Roy tries to go a different route: checking out building out permits, getting classmates to come and speak and raise their voice at the groundbreaking.

Can a few young kids save an endangered bird? Will Mullet, Roy and Beatrice succeed? Pick up the book and read it. There is also a movie coming out this summer that should be a hit with children and adults alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Give a Hoot for Hoot March 2 2006
By John
Format:Paperback
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. Roy has pale white skin, dull brown hair, cherry red lips, and ears that are as large as those of an elephant. He is consistently being portrayed as "the new kid", for his family is always on the go, moving from one place to another because his father works in law enforcement and is continually being promoted to different places. Roy's father claims that this is a good thing, but Roy can never figure why because all that he is left with is the loneliness inside him, not having any friends.
Out of all the places that Roy has lived in, it was Florida in a small town called Coconut Cove, that really shook Roy's world. It all started one day when Roy was taking the bus to school. He had looked out the window and had seen a boy running without any backpack, shoes, or books. This had really triggered Roy's curiosity and for weeks he had tried to investigate the boy but couldn't find any information. It was later in the storey when Roy finally finds out who the boy is and why he was running. It is this discovery that takes Roy, the mysterious boy, and Beatrice Leep, the ultimate girl jock in all of Coconut Cove, on a quest to save a group of owls. It is this quest that takes the bunch to the construction site of the future Mother Paula's all American Pancake house, an abandoned junk yard, and the depths of the Floridian woods.
This book is truly amazing for the reason that it reminds us all to stand up for ourselves and what we believe in. It shows us that it doesn't take more than one person to make a difference. I really enjoyed the way the author would sometimes leave little gaps for you to fill in.
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Saving owls from habitats getting destroyed sounds hard doesn't it? Roy and his other two friends have enough confident to try it. Read more
Published on March 13 2007 by Jacky
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiaasen is a master
I am a big fan of Carl Hiaasen's. He perfectly captures the frustrations of being picked on, and unaccepted as a child. Read more
Published on June 8 2006 by A. R.
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS AUTHOR CAN'T BE BEAT! COOL BOOK FOR BIG KIDS, TOO!
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 more
Published on Sept. 30 2005 by Betty L. Dravis
5.0 out of 5 stars Appropriately named
I love all of Carl Hiaasen's works and HOOT, even though it's touted for the younger set, is no exception. Read more
Published on July 12 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Hoot
With rich detail and the perspective of an eleven-year-old boy, Carl Hiaasen wrote an award winning novel, Hoot. Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Great detective story
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 more
Published on June 10 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great detective story
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 more
Published on June 10 2004 by Stan Wix
4.0 out of 5 stars Hoot...An okay book
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 more
Published on May 29 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Hoot
I really liked this book it was funny and interesting. My favorite part was the end when Roy's dad help him by getting the documents of the inspection of the lot where Mother... Read more
Published on May 28 2004
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