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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¨Chere¡¯s the odd part¨Cwore 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

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

Customer Reviews:

  • an eco-friendly, cute tale for young teens
    For the legion of Hiaasen fans out there, 'Hoot' is pure Hiaasen but without the raunchiness and ribald humor. It is more whimsical than funny, its plot rather obvious and ultra-wholesome, but it's a very enjoyable read nonetheless. Hiaasen transforms himself into a young teen who, with other rascals his age, fight corporate America from building upon land where nesting ground owls call home. These kids pull all sorts of tricks to defeat the wicked and inept adults. Although this book is clearly targeted to the junior high school set, and I think it makes a wonderful read for boys and girls, it's the sort of read adults can enjoy especially if they don't want to think too hard. You will never confuse 'Hoot' with works by Leo Tolstoy or Henry James.

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  • Jacob's book review
    Hoot by Carl Hiaasen is about five characters (Roy, Mullet Finger, Beatrice, officer Delinko, and Curly), one group of animals (the owls), and one pancake house (Mother Paula's) fighting over an area of land and trying to save the owls. Roy tries to find out the right thing to do. Mullet Finger tries to help a group of owls. Beatrice tries to help Mullet Finger. Officer Delinko tries to solve the pancake house case. Curly tries not to get fired.

    This book is worth reading for several reasons. It tells about certain animals. Also it tells about right and wrong. It also shows many legal things. Finally, it shows that a little devotion goes a long way. Nine to fourteen year olds would like this book because it is funny and somewhat easier to read since it's in third narration.
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    this is my favorite book i read it every day and love it i am on chapter 12 on flush if you are love reading like me you would really love this so buy it now you will totally not regret it talk to all of you guys later peaxe out and good night"...more info
  • I'm Glad my son gave me a Hoot!
    The reviews are numerous on this tale, but I'll add my brief thoughts.

    My 12 year old son read the novel first and he thoroughly enjoyed the novel. Then he asked me to read it. I have to say at first I was skeptical, but I value Carl Hiaasen commitment to the environmental efforts in Florida. Development along our coastal shores has often been allowed to flourish without restraints, allowing degradation of our already fragile ecology.
    Hiaasen in his own small way is trying to preserve that wonderful state of Florida for future generations of people and of course the owl. So, to honor my son's request and Hiaasen's nature role, I read it over the course of the next two days.
    Overall, I thought the novel was an excellent read, of course not on an adult level but it still kept my interest as I followed Roy, the boy from Montana as he discovers the vast beauty of Florida and also the invasion of those nasty developers. No need at this point to recap the story again. It's a super book for young adults and worthy of your attention.

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  • Honestly?
    Hoot is an exceptional book with a respectable message. While I was reading it I was thinking it's okay, that's interesting, hmmm, aha, oh, ect. But what I never thought was wow!, cool, haha, weird, oh no! and so on. I felt like the author lacked passion, the comedy was juvenile, and the drama unrealistic. When I was done reading I was actually a little relieved it was over! That has never happened to me before. So read the book if you are a great Hiaasen fan, or 8 and under, but otherwise set the book down; walk away with your hands raised; and forget about the whole crazy idea of reading it. Cause honestly, it just ain't too special. ...more info
  • Excellent!
    As a teacher I find myself reading through many of the books in my library. Rarely do I read the book for any enjoyment....Hoot was different. I could not put it down. My students also enjoyed it. iwould warn therer are some minor curse words and one mooning. ...more info
  • Excellent!
    As a teacher I find myself reading through many of the books in my library. Rarely do I read the book for any enjoyment....Hoot was different. I could not put it down. My students also enjoyed it. iwould warn therer are some minor curse words and one mooning. ...more info
  • Hoot...son likes it
    This book was purchased for my son to do a book report on. The book has held his attention so far. The condition of the book was better than I expected....more info
  • Hoot on Audio CD
    I'll let you read other reviews to decide if you want to try the book. This review is specifically in reference to the audio book, which is read by actor Chad Lowe. My daughters and I listen to audio books daily, and we've listened to some truly gifted readers. The trouble with Hoot is that Chad Lowe reads with the skill that I expect from a non-professional. He brings absolutely nothing extra to the performance of the book. Very disappointing. ...more info
  • Hoot
    The book Hoot centered around a constuction site were Kimberly luo Dixion and Chuck Muckle were going to build an All American Pancake House.But what people didnt' know was that ther were little burrowing owls on the constuction site.At the time there was only one person that could try to stop them from macking the pancake house and that was Neopolean Bridger Leap.Then on one day this kid named Roy, Neopolean and his sister Beatrice Leap met and decided that they are going to do something to save those owls.So one day Roy went down town to see if the constuction site had the pernents to barry these owls. come to find out that the ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT was missing out of the consruction site file.So Roy thinks that was very suspicious and thout that Chuck Muckle had taken it out so no one could find out if they had the right things to barry the owls.Roy finds out that his dad had took the file out and had copied the hole environmental report....more info
  • My 10 year old son really enjoyed this book . . .
    . . . and he is not an avid reader. He turns his nose up to almost everything we suggest for him to read - or he gets through a chapter or two before quitting. Until Hoot, the only books he showed an interest in were the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. But he zipped through this book, and said he really liked it. He now wants to rent the movie, so it must've really had an effect on him....more info
  • Carlos says... "this book is hilarious just like the book FLUSH"
    The story is divided into three main parts. This gives the reader different points of view from each character. The main part is about Roy Eberhardt and his friends "Mullet Fingers", and his stepsister Beatrice. The main part focuses on their efforts to try and save the owls' homes from getting bulldozed to make way for a construction. The second is about Officer David Delinko, who is one of the Officers investigating the sabotage acts on the construction site. He was caught sleeping during his early morning patrol once and was nearly fired. Now, with his job on the line he basically thought about nothing else but getting his job done. But when he sees the Burrowing Owls and slowly thinks about what will happen to them, he slowly has a change of heart towards the end of the book. The third part is of the construction Foreman Leroy "Curly" Branitt who also has his job on the line now that the construction was two weeks late. Despite his efforts to guard the construction site, the site is continually sabotaged and gets fired in the end. In the last part he doesn't join Roy and the rest of the crowd to protect the owls, but refuses to take any orders from his boss.

    Overall I'd say this is a great book with its unpredictable and hilarious characters. Aside from being funny you could learn something too. I noticed that Hiaasen writes mostly about environmental problems. This book illustrates how animals are affected when we destroy their home for the sake of money. Nobody likes seeing their home destroyed. How would we feel if someone showed up on our homes and told us that our house was going to get bulldozed? In the words of Calvin and Hobbes: "How would humans feel if animals bulldozed a suburb and put in new TREES?"

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  • An Overview of Hoot
    An interesting novel,Hoot,is the ultimate wildlife story. The onset occurs when young Roy Eberhardt moves to Coconut Cove, Florida, from Montana. Roy is used to being the new student due to the fact his family has lived in ten different places. One day while being tormented on the schoolbus, Roy notices an unusual boy galloping over the hedges at a swift speed. After some investigating is performed, Roy learns that the mysterious minor is involved in a local vandalism on the site of a Mother Paulas Pancake House.
    Roy goes on to assist the renegade after he learns about eight inch owls that have made their home on the lot. Thanks to persistance by Roy,Mullet Fingers(as the boy is nicknamed), and the sister of Mullet Fingers(Beatrice Leep)end the project and save the tiny owls who continue to stay in their true home. ...more info
  • Solid story for young readers
    Carl Hiaasen never disappoints when it comes to witty stories and charming characters. In this first attempt at fiction for young readers he lives up to his reputation. Roy has just started middle school in Florida after moving from Montana with his family - against his wishes. He is being beaten up by the school bully and is having a hard time fitting in. But he becomes entangled in an environmental battle when a chain pancake restaurant wants to build a new pancake house on a location that houses unique and rare owls. Roy and his tenuous friends take on a battle that may be bigger than they realize. Roy must find a way to follow his heart without breaking the law in protest.

    Hiaasen has a real way with his characters. They are people you love and get to know through the pages of the story. There is almost always some sort of environmental twist and, in some ways, it is like beating a dead horse. But the writing is always hilarious and entertaining until the last page. Readers, both young and old, will enjoy this effort....more info
  • Excellent Read-aloud book...
    While the book has a great "hook" from the very first page - the mystery of the running boy, who is first seen by Roy as his (Roy's) face is smushed against a school bus window by a bully - I was a bit surprised by how much my children (9, 11) LOVE this book. Hiaasen's book is chock-full of vivid descriptions of both the setting and the characters - and there are multiple well-developed characters. My kids usually prefer action(although they did love the quiet tale of the Penderwicks) to character analysis, but they were riveted by this tale and begged me to read multiple chapters a day instead of the usual one. And I've enjoyed it thoroughly myself.

    I'd say Hoot has increased the children's environmental awareness; given them an appreciation of Florida as something other than a state where beaches, hurricanes, and Disney can be found; encouraged them to really think about that fine line between right and wrong; increased their curiosity about the motivations of adults and the complicated balancing acts they engage in; raised the issue of dysfunctional families in a fairly sensitive way; and given us the opportunity to discuss many literary devices. And it is quite funny too, sometimes a bit slapstick but the descriptions are wonderful and the kids completely eat it up.

    Highly recommended.

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  • Hoot for Hoot!
    Hoot is a fabulous adventure and realistic fiction coming of age story by Carl Hiaasen about a young boy named Roy who is new to town. It is 292 pages of adventure, as Roy is bullied by Dana Matherson, the town bully. While Dana, the story's antagonist, is anything but a good person, his bullying does lead Roy to notice a boy running barefoot alongside the bus he is on, eventually taking him on an adventure of a major ecological and corrupt problem caused by a fraudulent business.
    The boy Roy saw running calls himself Mullet Fingers. He comes from a troubled home but is determined despite the odds to stand up for what he believes. Meanwhile, a breakfast chain, Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House, is going to open up a restaurant in town but the building's construction is constantly delayed due to damages that occur to the area in the middle of the night. The pancake company wants to begin building on the property and so hires a security guard to protect the area from any possible vandals. Through yet another scheme, Roy convinces Dana to enter the construction site in search of cigarettes. Dana is quickly caught in the act and people believe that he is responsible for the vandalism.
    Dana's trespassing brings light to the habitat of the burrowing owl, which is currently in the very area that the Mother Paula's intends to builds its restaurant. People quickly jump on the children's bandwagon, which wants nothing more than for these owls to live in their natural habitat. These children expose the company for what it really is and uncover some deals that are anything but legal among adults in his new.
    This story is perfect for the young adult reader, as it clearly shows that whether we like it or not, we all grow up. And when we grow up, we take on responsibilities that we never before dreamed possible. It is an inspirational tale to see young adults making responsible decisions on their own. Simultaneously, the young adults are forced to look at the adults around them who are taking bribes and making illegal deals, while they are fighting for what they believe and know is right. They are ready to take on the powerful executives, even though their chances might seem bleak.
    Throughout the story, Roy is forced into the world and must grow up, even if the adults around him might not have. It is a great read for young adults, as Roy is forced to adjust to the changes around him that come with moving to a new town. However, he quickly prevails.
    I personally loved this story because it allows young adults to see that despite all of the problems that occur in life, they actually can prevail and bring about good things through action. This story teaches students that it is imperative that they stand up for what they believe. Young adults of today can easily relate to Roy, for Macmillan Publishers just recently published it in 2002 at a Lexile Level of 760. Simultaneously, as a teacher of young adults, I personally have an issue with the presence of cigarettes and curse words in a story. And I know that many of my students' parents also would not appreciate some of the content that Hiaasen has chosen to include. Nonetheless, I appreciate that he does not sugarcoat any of the topics but rather "keeps it real" for the kids, allowing them to wrestle with the issues as though they are in Roy's shoes.
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    this is my favorite book i read it every day and love it i am on chapter 12 on flush if you are love reading like me you would really love this so buy it now you will totally not regret it talk to all of you guys later peaxe out and good night"...more info