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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

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews:

  • -*Hoot Review*-
    Hoot by Carl Hiaasen was an adventurous story. Roy Eberheart moved to the Florida Keys from Montana. He sees a boy running. He wants to find out what school he goes to. Roy runs into the running boy's step sister who tells him that the boy is here in a secret and Roy can't tell anyone he is here. The running boy's nickname is Mullet Fingers and he figures out that there are baby owls in the construction lot of the Mother Paula's Pancake House. Mullet Fingers wants to stop the construction so he pulls a lot of pranks on the workers at the construction lot. Mullet Fingers tells Roy about the baby burrowing owls and Roy wants to help him save them. Roy, Mullet Fingers, and his step sister,Beatrice, meet everyone at the lot the day before the ground breaking and an owl lands on Mullet Fingers to prove that there are owls in the lot. The Mother Paula's Pancake house people decide not to build the Pancake House there and decide to leave the owls alone....more info
  • chase for what you believe in with hoot
    Have you ever felt you needed to help something or someone?
    Well the book I read was Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. This book has that question answered, as the main character Roy has been on quite an adventure with his new friend Napoleon has had quite a school year trying to save the owls, him and his mysterious friend will do anything for those owls.
    This book is about the new kid Roy who just moved to Florida who isn't the most popular kid. On the way to school Roy spots a kid running from the school bus. Roy was curious to whom this kid was. He soon finds out that he will be on the biggest adventure of his life, trying to save owls from being crushed by a construction sight of a popular pancake house.
    I would rate this book 4 star because some parts of the book where kind of predictable and I like books that are like that I like books that you don't know what will happen next. This book is a 4 star to me because it was a really good story and I loved how it was in Florida and it had great description.
    This book takes place in Florida, Florida is an awesome setting and it was really fun to read this book because it was full of adventure in south Florida and there were a lot of water sports and surprising things.
    I would recommend this book to everyone that loves surprising and adventurous stories, the reason that I would recommend this book to everyone is because it's a fun book and no matter how only you are you can have fun with this book.

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  • Hoot
    This book I read was Hoot by Carl Hiaasen I'm going to tell you a little about it.
    This boy names Roy finds himself getting beat up on the bus when he looks out the window he sees this kid running. Roy was wondering what he was doing. Roy keeps on watching the boy but he just keeps running and running. Roy watches until he can't see him anymore. So Roy just sat there wondering, does he go to my school? So Roy asked Dana if the boy they saw running goes to our school? You'll have to read the book to find out the answer. Because it has lots of detail. I think you should read this book because it was great and you learn a lot.
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  • Hoot
    Hoot was a book that caught my eye and that it was sad at some times but I liked to read it and I hope you will like it to....more info
  • You'll give a hoot for this one.
    Have you ever had to lie about your name? Roy did when a vicious snake bit Mullet Fingers, a runaway kid, while he was trying to save the owls. Roy had to give his name to the nurse because if Mullet Fingers gave his name she would call his horrible abusive mother. Then he would have to live with her again.

    This story involves three kids: Roy, Mullet Fingers, and Beatrice, who try to save the owls that live in underground burrows. They have to sneak out at night, plant traps, and face the police and their parents. The town wants to put a Pancake House over those burrows. Pancake House or Owls? They go through a lot to try and make these defenseless owls safe.

    I would recommend this book to both boys and girls. I really liked this amazing book because it reveals true friendship and you see if the kids have enough bravery to save these owls. Carl Hiaasen's writing is very descriptive and has received numerous incredible awards including the Newbury Honor Award. I really loved this book and I think that you would too.

    I. L.
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  • Hoots a Hoooot !
    Hoot is about a boy named Roy who just moved to Mami and has no friends. When he is on the school bus he see's a boy running wearing a faded Mami Heat jersey with no shoes and looks too young to be going to high school and that is the only school in that direction. Roy tries to find him on the school bus and runs into Beatrice and she says to stay away from him. Roy tries to help the running boy to save the owls at Mother Paula's. ...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 by Kelsey Troyer
    The book Hoot is a book about a boy named Roy who moves from Montana to Cocanut Cove. One day on his way to school he sees a boy running without any shoes. The boy doesn't go to his school but Roy is curious about him. Later he meets the boy's step-sister, Beatrice the bear, who tells him that the boy is called Mullet Fingers because he can catch a mullet with his bare hands. Mullet Fingers is trying to stop the construction of the new Mother Palau's Pancake house because of the borrowing owls that are pretected by the government living there have young babies that are unable to fly away when their borrows are burried. Roy, Mullet Fingers, and Beatrice must stop them before its to late....more info
  • SFC 5 star review
    I loved this book. It was one of those books that wasn't about growing up and dealing with all that oddness or best friends going different places for the summer. It's about kids making a difference in our world around us. What a great idea. Teaching our kids to make a difference and be themselves. Do what makes them a better person even if it doesn't work out in the end.

    The book starts off moving and doesn't stop. You laugh, you sigh, and you even feel sorry for the characters as the story moves. 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.

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  • An Inspiring Book
    I have recently read the book Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. Have you ever felt left out, or have you felt like your not where you're supposed to be? This is how Roy Eberhardt, a teenage boy from Montana, feels after moving to Florida. Roy investigates a mystery of the boy running with no shoes on, while he tries to save an owl species. Will life in Florida be looking up for Roy?
    The theme or lesson of this book I think was to not let things get in your way. Hoot was very inspiring and it makes you want to help animals in your community. Also, you can literally feel yourself as if you were a character in the setting. I'd advise you to read Hoot because I know you'll love it.
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  • Owls Rock!
    I loved this book! It was about kids saving endangered owls and I love wildlife and nature. The characters were interesting and funny; sometimes sarcastic, except for Roy. The plot was interesting and well-developed. I learned a little bit about Florida which I did not know before. This book made me want to visit Florida and it made me want to save endangered animals. It made me realize that kids can save endangered animals and make a difference in the world. I highly recommend this book; I think most kids would love this book. ...more info
  • so far
    I've read three books this summer. My grandmother is paying me a dollar for every book I read so I'm not bragging. The first two weren't like work at all, but this one almost is. I thought it would be more adventerous. That's the kind of book I really like. For everybody who likes more adventer, adventuer / \ excitment, I think they should read The Misadventures of Maude March, and if they are a boy, they will like The Voyage of the Frog. ...more info
  • 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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  • Great book
    This is a great book and I enjoy it on my
    Kindle. It is about a bullied boy and his tale of enemies, friendship, and being in the middle of saving a family of owls or abiding with the law... I reccommend it....more info
  • Create Your Own Review
    Austin M. review of Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, March 20, 2008. WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD! Roy Eberhardt is an adolescent boy who has moved from place to place with his father's job in the government. He now resides in the quiet town of Coconut Cove, Florida. In this town Roy is the new kid who has only a few friends. One day while riding the bus to school, Roy sees a boy running down the road in an old, tattered basketball jersey, dirty shorts, and bare feet. Roy is fascinated by the boy, and the next time he sees the boy he pursues him. While jumping off of the bus to catch the boy, he runs into Beatrice Leed. The boy turns out to be Beatrice's stepbrother. The main problem in the story is a species of burrowing owl that makes their nest on a construction site for the restaurant, Mother Paula's Pancakes. Beatrice's stepbrother has always cared about animals, and he wants to save the owls living on the lot. He pulls multiple pranks, and crimes to try to delay the construction. Later in the story, Beatrice's brother pulls in Roy and Beatrice to help out with the cause. Eventually Roy spreads publicity throughout the school and town, and when the televised groundbreaking ceremony for the restaurant came, there was a large protest against the construction. The school kids, along with adults, and the Mother Paula icon herself fight the company by not letting construction begin. In addition, a little detective work by Roy made the company forfeit the lot. Roy found out that the lot did not have any of the proper paperwork, and that the owls were a protected species, so the company gave up. The trio of Roy, Beatrice, Napoleon Bridger (Beatrice's stepbrother) had won the battle....more info
  • PCE Student Review
    I liked Hoot by Carl Hiassen because it proves that if you put your mind to something you can accomplish it and it's about kids saving endangered owls. The other reason I liked about the book were the characters. They were interesting. My favorite character was Beatrice. I liked this character because she was very determined to save the owls.
    I would recommend this book for kids 10 and over. This is my review on my favorite book, Hoot.
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  • A great book but I liked the Tommytown series better
    I thought this was a great book, but not as good as the Tommytown series. In Tommytown the boys 11 -14 and the girl, Karen 14 years old acted more like their age and the scenes where funny and exciting. But both writers are super! Take a look at Tommytown and The Boys From Tommytown , (I actually did it. I inserted the titles) Anyway you won't be sorry. ...more info
  • Hoot
    The book Hoot is a very exciting children's adventure book written by Carl Hiaasen. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next. The book, Hoot takes place in a town call Coconut Cove after Roy Eberheart is forced to move there with his family from Montana. In this book Roy has to battle many obstacles, such as a bully, Dana Matheson and attempt to rescue burrowing owls from getting bulldozed over for the new Mother Paula's Pancake House. He assists a mysterious running boy who has been erased from society and his step sister, Beatrice in his attempt to save the owls before they get buried alive. The become the best of friends in the process. Will they be able to stop the buldozers in time? ...more info
  • 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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  • hoot says the owl, it time to read the book.
    Hoot, is a book based on a boy trying to save the owls. Down in Cocunut Cove, Florida, where he just moved Roy Eberhardt longs for Montana. Bully Dana Matherson,and the running boy keep him on guard instead of daydreaming for the mountains. When Roy encounters the running boy and finds out about the Burrowing owls his life in Florida takes a turn. Trying to save owls from a mean pancake company, and escaping Dana keeps him busy. But when time almost runs out, Roy has to take matters into his own hands before its to late. ...more info
  • I didn't know it was a children's book
    I picked this book up by accident. I started reading and realized it was a children's book, and kept on reading, because it is a great book. Great writing. Highly recommend for 6th graders and the child in all of us....more info
  • 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.

    Bottom line: lighthearted and politically correct....more info
  • Give a Hoot for "Hoot"
    Carl Hiaasen wrote a fun-filled kid's novel that takes place in Coconut Cove Florida. This is a story of a new kid, Roy Eberhart, from Montana fights the battle of bullies and the lives of burrowing owls. While he solves the mystery of the "running boy" ,he learns who he really is and gains a great friendship with him and Beatrice. While helping the running boy in his task of stopping the Mother Paula's Pancake house from burying the owl holes, Roy faces conflicts and delays. Not only is officer Delinko constantly on this case ,Roy also used his name in the hospital to help a friend while he was hurt. Will Roy and his friends ever stop the bulldozers? Find out, and read this great book....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
  • hoot says the owl, it's time to read the book.
    Leaving his friends behind, being in a new school, and encountering new bullies, Roy Eberhardt has to endure everything a new kid has to. The thng Roy hated most was leaving the gorgeous mountains in Montana. Now he lives in humid, flat, Florida, in a town called Coconut Cove. But bully Dana Matherson and the running boy keep him on him on his guard instead of daydreaming for the mountains. When Roy encounters with the running boy and finds out about the burrowing owls, his life in Florida takes a turn. Saving the owls and trying to keep him, the running boy, and Beatrice, another friend out of trouble isn't as easy as it looks. Especially if his father works for the goverment, but saving owls from being buried alive from desperate pancake people is inportant. When time almost runs out, Roy must take matters into his own hands. ...more info
  • Adam from Lake Tapps says - Just a Hoot
    A Mouse Saves the Day (name the book, author and location)

    This is a book review about the Tale of Despereaux by the Kate DeCammillo. Most of the story takes place in a castle in a land far, far away.

    Big ears and a bigger heart (summary 100- 150 words)

    In the Tale of Despereaux a small, weak mouse is born to parents who think he will not even live to see the light of the next day's sun. But in this case, the love of a princess holds true and propels Despereaux on a tale that few could survive. The mighty mouse has to deal with his own family who betrays him, an evil rodent who is the king of the dungeon, a somewhat sympathetic jailor and a host of others who can only see a mouse as something to be caught in a trap and discarded. If you like happy endings where good wins over evil please grab this book off the nearest bookshelf and sail off to a land full of mouseful adventures.

    I was there (tell why you liked the book)

    I loved this book so much. I liked it a lot - even though it is fantasy. But with fantasy comes the fun part - could a mouse really marry a princess? With her story-telling approach, I felt like I was sitting around a campfire with Kate DeCamillo right beside me. She makes the reader feel like she is telling the story just to you. She captures your interest and soon your heart. In every chapter, she starts or ends with," Reader . . . . . Reader do you know what happened next, And then Reader, he fainted." In the end, the author signs off, "Reader, I hope you have found some light here."

    It's so real to me (tell one more thing about the book that is important to you)

    Just recently one of my best friends got very sick. He had to fight through a terrible disease to save his life. I loved the Tale of Despereaux because he had to also fight for something that he believed in and save himself from probable death in a dungeon. If Deperaux and my friend had not believed in themselves, they might have both died. One of the most powerful things that we can learn from books is how to deal with our own lives and perhaps become a better person.

    Thumbs up or down? (Your recommendation)

    Whether you are a fantasy reader or not, this is a great book. One of my all-time favorites.
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  • Wonderful, and very funny!
    Ill admit, when I first looked at this book, I honestly thought it was going to be rather boring. There was no description of the boook on the back so I didn't know what I was getting myself into. Hoot is about a boy who moves from Montana, to Florida. As you can imagine, it is very different in these two places. The boy's name is Roy. He goes to Trace Middle School and doesn't really have any friends. One day on the way to school, Roy was riding the school bus. While the school bully was pesturing Roy, Roy saw a kid running down the sidewalk with no shoes. Roy figured that this boy was just on his way to a school bus stop and was running late. Since that day, Roy was very interested in this Running Kid. As he was getting off the bus one afternoon he ran right smack into a girl and almost knocked her over, he didn't realize that she was probably 2 times his size and could crush him if she really wanted to. The next day at school, the girl he knocked into went up to Roy and made it pretty clear that Roy should never bump into her again. Roy found out that her name was Beatrice. So he asked Beatrice if she knew anything about the mysterious running boy that he was seeing everyday on the school bus. Beatrice threatened him and told him to never ask about him again. This just made Roy even more curious so he followed the running boy one day. From then on, Roy made new friends, and started to learn that you shouldn't bite off more then you can chew....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
  • this is the best book
    this is the best book and movie ever i love carl this book was so good i started crying all his books are good except flush that really let me down but who cares it was one book im still a hiaansen fan ill be futurw ms hiaansen lol...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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