Scat by Carl Hiaasen
  

Scat

Written by Carl Hiaasen

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A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011

Totally topical, Scat is a brilliant fast-moving eco-aware thriller set in the swamps of Florida. Nick and Marta get sucked into the world of corrupt oil prospectors and fanatical eco-activists when Mrs Starch, a formidably horrible teacher at Truman School, takes the class on a trip to Black Vine Swamp and simply disappears. Behind the great adventure are serious messages and warnings about the despoliation of a very special area.

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Scat by Carl Hiaasen

When Mrs Starch, the most feared biology teacher in Florida, goes missing during a school trip to the Black Vine Swamp, her class is secretly relieved. The school principal tries to cover it up as a 'family emergency', but Nick and Marta just aren't convinced. They think it's much more likely to have something to do with Smoke, the local troublemaker - whose run-ins with Mrs Starch are infamous - and decide to do some investigating of their own. But there's more going on in Black Vine Swamp than either one of them could guess. And Nick and Marta must see off an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat named Chelsea, a crooked oil prospector, a singing substitute teacher, and an angry Florida panther before they really begin to see the big picture.

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Zany, fast-moving and humorous, Scat is a compelling eco-thriller The Bookseller Fast, frenetic fun Financial Times An enjoyable and terrifically paced read School Librarian A real nail-biting eco-thriller setting the can-do optimism of youth against the greed of the baddies Carousel An exciting, unputdownable read Primary Times As ever with Hiaasen, rambunctious humour and twisted, French-farce plotting make the book a joy to read Financial Times Like PG Wodehouse and Terry Pratchett, Carl Hiaasen always returns to the same fictional - or semi-fictionalised - world, but manages to unearth an apparently endless supply of convoluted plots and entertaining characters with improbable names ... a funny and furiously fast-moving noel populated by engaging characters and fuelled by a strong sense of moral outrage The Guardian Carl Hiaasen is a supremely entertaining writer whose novels also bear a timely message ... all the Hiaasen trademarks are there: wit ... an abiding belief in the power of the individual to alter things, and an instinct for ingenious plotting that never lets him down The Independent A brilliant, fast-moving eco-aware thriller LOVEREADING4KIDS Hiaasen fans will love this book and newcomers will be hooked by this entertaining thriller. -- John Millen SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST We missed this in hardback last year but have been gripped by the paperback version just out. Eco aware page-turning thriller with scary teachers, oil prospectors and a panther on the loose. ANGELS AND URCHINS

About the Author

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of ten novels for adults, including Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, Lucky You, Stormy Weather and Basket Case. His first novel for younger readers, Hoot, was a bestselling success and Scat reached no. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list. He also writes a twice weekly metropolitan column for the Miami Herald.

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Paperback
368 pages
Interest Age: From 12

Author

Carl Hiaasen
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Orion Children's Books an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

2nd September 2010

ISBN

9781444000597

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