by Carl Hiaasen

Hardcover, 2002

Call number



Knopf Books for Young Readers (2002), Edition: 1, 304 pages


Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

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Pat Tate (Carousel 23 (Spring 2003)) Roy Eberhardt is being bullied by Dana Matherson, mainly because he is the new boy who has just moved to the school in Florida from Montana. A refreshingly different tale because Roy resolutely refuses to give in to the bully, and as a result of this positive
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stand he sees something mysterious which develops into an intriguing story. There is a connection with the tantalising title and cover and the delightful humour, together with the lovably quirky characters in this special novel, is most satisfying. My heart warmed to the policeman who fell asleep in his patrol car, and woke to find someone had painted all the windows black. The book feels very American but young readers will cope with the slight cultural differences, which may well enhance their enjoyment of the tale.
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Nicholas Tucker (Books for Keeps No. 140, May 2003) Hiaasen must be the most entertaining environmental author there has yet been. Now addressing a younger audience for the first time, his latest passionate but also very funny novel jogs along paths already familiar to fans of his previous adult
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eco-thrillers. Set in his beloved but continuously over-developed state of Florida, this story features a wild boy out to defeat a Pancake company from building on land dwelt in by rare burrowing owls. Up against him are Curly, the grumpy, bald site foreman, Officer Delinko, an unfortunate policeman, and Chuck E Muckle, company chairman and ruthless entrepreneur. All this is witnessed by Roy, a new boy in the area who is also the target of his school's chief bully. How everything finally works out is a joy to behold, with enough one-liners to keep any reader happy long after the event. Category: 10-14 Middle/Secondary. Rating: ***** (Unmissable). ...., Macmillan, 288pp, D9.99 pbk. Ages 10 to 14.
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LibraryThing member jms001
A hoot of a novel for younger readers. Maybe not so much for anyone older.

The story stars our main character, Roy, who meets a mysterious boy, and embarks on a quest to save some owls. The story also gives readers a point of view from a few of the adults in this world, though they are never as
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fully fleshed out as the younger characters (who weren't really given that much depth themselves). One of the greatest things I found to be desired was a much more developed character, at least in Roy. Unfortunately, I never got that.

For being in middle school, I found these characters to have quiet intellectual conversations, with some high level vocabulary. Perhaps for a younger reader, this would provide some good examples of how to speak to one another. I just have never heard such well spoken kids before!

I also found the plot to be a little too convenient. Adults who really don't do what they are supposed to do? Some who are even borderline abusive? Not to mention, the lack of any sort of redemption for the school bully. I also couldn't believe the message that is sent by having our character, Roy, set up the bully, Dana, to pretty much go to jail. I mean…do any of these characters learn? Is there any growth?

Perhaps I'm feeling a little let down because the story ended with very little growth amongst the characters. The adults were back to doing what they were doing, what with the past behind them. The children are still stuck with some highly questionable parents, and Mullet Fingers runs away yet again. I think the only argument I can give to get kids to read Hoot is to have a really good book discussion about some of the events that occurred. Do you agree with what happened? Should things have happened a different way? What would you have done differently? There's plenty of room for improvement, but that's to be left to the readers to decide.

A quick fun read, but I know there are plenty of better options out there.
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LibraryThing member ctmsmaoc
Matt O'Connor
October 13, 2011
The Bat Cave
Mr. Bronson


Hoot is a great book. Roy Ebarhardt is always moving. Now he has ended up in a small town called Coconut Cove in Florida. He usually is the type of kid who is bullied a lot. Now he must face Dana Matherson.

This book isn't the greatest as
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far as action is concerned. It has some exciting events, but overall its mood is calm and enjoyable. Roy, the main character, is always trying to solve the riddles about a "running boy." He will face many challenges in his new life, including getting in trouble with the law.

Roy is always finding new solutions to his problems. His biggest problem is Dana Matherson. Dana is probably the dumbest bully in the school, which makes him easy to trick. This becomes Roy's strategy. He gets Dana in trouble for revenge. He even gets him sent to Juvenile Detention.

Personally, I liked the book better than the movie. The book is more descriptive and it is almost like being behind the scences of the movie. It mentions things that are not shown in the film. Another bonus about the book is that it is easier to understand because it gives you details that are important to the story. The book lets you know about the character's emotions and what they are thinking. Some parts in the movie were difficult to follow for that specific reason.

Carl Hiaasen, the author, has a rather different technique than the authors of other books that I have read. This book is kind of a "go with the flow" style. He gives you bits of important details, then the rest of the story just flows into place.
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LibraryThing member mthelibrarian
Terrific read-aloud though perhaps not for the classroom with its curse words. It will put Carl Hiaasen on your adult reading list too.
LibraryThing member Brianna82
"Hoot" by Carl Hiassen won the Newberry Honor Award in 2003 for it's excellence in Realistic Fiction. The story begins with Roy Eberheart, a middle-schooler who has just moved to Coconut Cove, FL from Montana and the new friends he makes after getting into a unexpected fight. As a result, Roy soon
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becomes involved mystery at the site of a construction area, which reveals a plot to vandalize the site in an attempt to stop the destruction of a nesting owl habitat in the area. Roy is in over his head and the mystery unravels...

Carl Hiassen is an adult fiction writer and has stepped outside of the norm to write for a YA audience, though he maintains his sense of humor and clever character development. "Hoot" is Haissen's first children's novel, geared towards middle-schoolers. Perfect for a listen in audio-book format.

Themes: Moving, Environmentalism, Friendship, Humor, Realistic Fiction.
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LibraryThing member kerrycarter76
I'm Glad my nephew gave me a Hoot!

My 12 year old nephew 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
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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 nephew'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 adults and young adults and worthy of your attention.
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LibraryThing member SirRoger
This is a great mystery geared towards young adults, but enjoyable to adults as well. The characters are fun and the story is engrossing.
LibraryThing member CoolCutie55
This was a great book! I loved it because of all the adventure and real-life problems that Roy goes through during this terrific book. After reading this Carl Hiaasen became one of my favorite authors.
If you like this book i would sugest Flush, the next book.
LibraryThing member rosencrantz79
Having worked at a Borders bookstore for most of 2005, I was privvy to all the buzz around the big-selling books, including the ones aimed at the kiddies. I decided to check out Hoot and was happy to discover that all the talk was right: This prize-winning book about a new kid who stumbles upon a
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mystery that leads him to take an ecological stand is funny and thoughtful, and manages to convey a message of teamwork and environmentalism that isn't heavy-handed or sacchrine.
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LibraryThing member BoundTogetherForGood
This is a FUN book! The movie is great too, but I am glad I read it first! I would recommend it!
LibraryThing member miketroll
A delighfully entertaining, funny, satirical tale of the Florida environment. Originally directed at a teen audience with teenage heroes, this book still functions fully at the adult level.

I count Hoot among Hiaasen's best writing, and that really is saying something!
LibraryThing member Omrythea
A book to love because of its moving characters, humor and suspense.
LibraryThing member melbelle842699
I though it was a wonderful novel about kids taking a stand for something they deeply believe in. I think it implies that kids can make a difference, no matter how small they are.
LibraryThing member mitchellf3
very, very,good... if you read flush by the same author, you would love and get the plot very well
LibraryThing member Aaronh3
this is a good book about a boy trying to save some owls that live in holes. the bulldosers are going to crush and cover there holes trapping them in the ground. its a good animal book. everyone could enjoy this book
LibraryThing member HustonAlba3
This is a great book about kids that try to save a dying species of owls...all by themselves.
LibraryThing member bibliophile26
A boy and his strange friends try to protect the habitat of a small species of owls by sabatoging a pancake house's construction site. Somewhat interesting, but slow in places. I love how the kids got the most of the foreman and the rookie deputy.
LibraryThing member hackmac
By reading this book, you would get the idea that Carl Hiaasen isn't really a children's book writer (nothing negative about that, right?). The characters are kids, but the topic's something of the adult world. It shows much of politickings (which of course doesn't only appy to politicians). It's
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entertaining and intelligently writen, i must say.
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LibraryThing member 4sarad
A good book with a good message. Hoot contains a lot of good messages and a lot of heart without coming off as cheesy. It keeps up a lot of humor and the sort of "hero" of the book, the boy who knew about the owls and went about saving them, was a REAL boy and wasn't perfect. He made mistakes and
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seemed much more authentic than some "hero" characters in other books.
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LibraryThing member BetsySanford
This ecology-themed novel is a good choice as an ecology-themed novel study in life science. Student will probably have already read the book as it has been made into a popular motion picture.
LibraryThing member briansangel
It was a good story and dealt well with several tough issues. I was bothered by the swearing though. We "read" it as a family by listening to it on cassette tape. My suggestion would be not to do that. I wish we would have actually read it aloud and then I could have edited the wording as I read
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(ie, skip over the swear words.)
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LibraryThing member adge73
This book was so fun -- snappy writing, adventure, and a bit of mystery. The characters are aware and empowered, and I think it's wonderful that it's been so popular with kids -- a positive sign for all our futures. I am also in love with the cover.
LibraryThing member macfly_17
This is the story about a boy who moves around a lot. He recently moved to Florida from Montana and he is having a hard time adjusting to the weather and school. He deals with a bully almost every day at school. But one day he sees a barefoot boy running around and he decides to find out what is
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going on with him.
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LibraryThing member Miss.KittyKat
I recommend this book "Hoot" to any one who is environmentally conscious. This book is very interactive with social problems in society. People who love animals will be touched by how much Roy cares for the owls. This is a great book that you can't put down. I hope you love this book as much as I
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did. I recommend this book for anyone who loves animals, drama, and a good laugh from time to time.
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LibraryThing member michelleramos
This is a wonderful story about a teenage boys mission to save an endangered species of owls. He is fighting a big restaurant chain to try to preserve the owls habitats. He has to play several pranks to try to delay the groundbreaking that will surely kill the owls. He makes a couple of great
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friends along the way as well as some enemies. He fights hard for what he believes in and never backs down.
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LibraryThing member NancyStorm
Roy is starting school again, for the 8th time in as many years, and finds new challenges to face as he makes new friends, learns new rules, and tries to make his way in a situation that is far from ideal. Told from two points of view and quite mesmerizing as the reader has excellent voice &
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Nebraska Golden Sower Award (Nominee — 2005)
Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Middle Grade — 2006)
Sequoyah Book Award (Nominee — Young Adult — 2005)
Great Stone Face Book Award (Nominee — 2004)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades 6-8 — 2004)
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Nominee — Grades 6-8 — 2004)
Newbery Medal (Honor Book — 2003)
Nutmeg Book Award (Nominee — Teen — 2006)
Iowa Teen Award (Nominee — 2006)
Agatha Award (Nominee — 2002)
Nēnē Award (Nominee — 2005)
Indies Choice Book Award (Honor Book — Children's Literature — 2003)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Teen — 2005)
Southern Book Prize (Winner — Children's — 2003)
Golden Archer Award (Nominee — 2007)
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Nominee — Grades 6-9 — 2005)
Flicker Tale Award (Nominee — Juvenile Books — 2005)
Maud Hart Lovelace Award (Nominee — 2006)
Rhode Island Teen Book Award (Nominee — 2004)
Best Fiction for Young Adults (Selection — 2003)
Read Aloud Indiana Book Award (Middle School — 2003)
Great Reads from Great Places (Florida — 2011, 2006, 2005)




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