Hoot Hardcover – Sep 10 2002
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Roy Eberhardt is the new kid--again. This time around it's Trace Middle School in humid Coconut Grove, Florida. But it's still the same old routine: table by himself at lunch, no real friends, and thick-headed bullies like Dana Matherson pushing him around. But if it wasn't for Dana Matherson mashing his face against the school bus window that one day, he might never have seen the tow-headed running boy. And if he had never seen the running boy, he might never have met tall, tough, bully-beating Beatrice. And if he had never met Beatrice, he might never have discovered the burrowing owls living in the lot on the corner of East Oriole Avenue. And if he had never discovered the owls, he probably would have missed out on the adventure of a lifetime. Apparently, bullies do serve a greater purpose in the scope of the universe. Because if it wasn't for Dana Matherson...
In his first novel for a younger audience, Carl Hiaasen (Basket Case, etc.) plunges readers right into the middle of an ecological mystery, made up of endangered miniature owls, the Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House scheduled to be built over their burrows, and the owls' unlikely allies--three middle school kids determined to beat the screwed-up adult system. Hiaasen's tongue is firmly in cheek as he successfully cuts his slapstick sense of humor down to kid-size. Sure to be a hoot, er, hit with middle school mystery fans. (Ages 10 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert
From Publishers Weekly
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.
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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.
Saving owls from habitats getting destroyed sounds hard doesn't it? Roy and his other two friends have enough confident to try it.
A new kid in Florida, Roy, is just like any other new kid. Nobody cares where he is or how he is. He didn't expect anybody to care anyway. Roy is skinny and an ordinary teenager I think about fourteen years old. At lunch times, he always sits alone, at the end of the long table, eating bizarre food. After school he follows the boy he saw running. He sees burrowing owls on the way that look like they need attention because their habitats are going to get destroyed. Roy and two other new friends enter a massive adventure to save the owls. Here are some key themes to Hoot: courage, determination, bravery, but most importantly, team work to accomplish the adventure. They will need a lot of bravery because it will be very tough to save the owls if they don't take risks. They will have to help each other out to create a stronger and better group. Saving owls sounds challenging but when determination and courage tags along, it would be a little easier and better. Settings are very important to Hoot. The story mainly takes place at school, and in the forest (outside). Roy and his new friends meet at school. After school, Roy finds them in the forest. Roy was wondering what they were doing there and same with them. The setting, especially the forest is a very creative area. The settings make Hoot a more rollicking and hilarious book because in the forest is a very unusual, but cool place.
Characters are also important because they bring the book to life. All the characters are very wacky and unique. Take Beatrice for example: She's a girl, an athletic, brave, bossy girl. She teases people sometimes, but also really kind.Read more ›
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.
What was inside the cover was even better.
I had never read Carl Hiaasen before and I truly enjoyed Hoot. The characters were well developed and yet mysterious at the same time. I found myself "talking back" to the book during some parts. I was captivated and I was taken into the story. Realistic fiction is supposed to provide a sense of hope, and this book definitely did. For me, it was a sliding door into the story and I stepped into the world of Roy and Beatrice.
As an educator in the elementary school system, I feel that this book is an excellent choice for kids. Many kids are sympathetic with animals and they become enchanted by characters that stick up for what they believe in. This book provides an excellent opportunity for children to see how fictional characters in a story can relate to the readers. It's just a great encouraging book for both kids and adults.
If you're looking for a great extra-curriculum read, Hoot is a great page-turner and I look forward to reading Hiassen's works in the future.
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I found this book interesting to read. Middle school students will enjoy it.Published 8 months ago by Sharon Rose
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. Read morePublished on June 11 2006 by Steven R. McEvoy
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