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Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot.

HIAASEN, Carl. Hoot. Random House, Knopf. 292p. c2002. 0-375-82916-4. $6.95 J*

To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, September 2002: Hiaasen, a columnist for the Miami Herald and the author of many best-selling novels for adults about the wild and wacky side of the state of Florida, offers a hoot of a read here in his first novel for YAs. Roy is the new kid in town, a student at Trace Middle School in Coconut Cove. From the school bus window, as a bully is harassing him, Roy spots a barefoot boy his age running by, and he becomes intrigued. Roy follows the boy, and gradually learns that he is involved in trying to protect the nesting site of some rare burrowing owls. This site is currently an empty lot that is about to be turned into a pancake house by a corporate executive called Chuck Muckle, with the assistance of a bald foreman called Curly. Adventures and misadventures ensue--alligators pop up in portable potties and a tough girl takes a bite out of Roy's bike tire--before Roy works out a way to get revenge on the bully and help the barefoot boy save the owls.

My 14-year-old daughter read this and liked it, calling it "clever and funny" and commenting "it was interesting how the plots came together." Hiaasen's trademark over-the-top humor and satire, along with his concern for safeguarding Florida's wildlife, come through clearly and will entertain readers. Here's hoping he continues to write for YAs. (An ALA Best Book for YAs and Newbery Honor Book.) Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT
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Date:Jul 1, 2004
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