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Written by Carl Hiaasen

Adventure Stories Crime / Mystery Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

Hoot Synopsis

Hilarious, touching and thought-provoking, Hoot is a modern classic, now celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. Winner of the Newbery Honor award and a New York Times bestseller, Carl Hiaasen's first novel celebrates the natural world with his trademark wit and warmth.

Roy Eberhardt never wanted to move to Florida. In his opinion, Disney World is an armpit. Roy's family moves around a lot so he's used to the new-kid drill - he's also used to bullies like Dana Matherson. And anyway, it's because of Dana that Roy gets to see the mysterious running boy who runs away from the school bus and who has no books, no backpack and, most bizarrely, no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy starts to trail the mystery runner - a chase that will introduce him to many weird Floridian creatures: potty-trained alligators, cute burrowing owls, a fake-fart champion, a shoeless eco-warrior, a sinister pancake PR man, new friends and some snakes with sparkly tails. As the plot thickens, Roy and his friends realise it's up to them to save the endangered owls from the evil Mother Paula's pancake company who are planning to build a new restaurant on their home . . .

Hoot Press Reviews

Hiaasen is a great storyteller and he conjures up intriguing characters and plenty of chuckles. - Manchester Evening News

You don't need to be far into this book to be engaged. Page one will do. - Glasgow Herald

Touching and well-written. These characters leap off the page at us, and we want to spend time around them. - Guardian Review

Good entertainment for all ages - Sunday Times

A sharp, funny, fast-moving mystery romp - Financial Times

Absolutely compelling - the nearest thing to Sacher's Holes I've read yet - The Times

Every now and then a book comes along that is so striking it gives the reader goosebumps and stays in the mind long after its pages are closed. Carl Hiaasen's Hoot is one of those. - Times Educational Supplement

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ISBN: 9781529020854
Publication date: 13/06/2019
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781908973177
Publication date: 01/04/2013
Publisher: Scribblers an imprint of Salariya Book Company Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529020854
Publication date: 13th June 2019
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Crime / Mystery

About 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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