Book Review: Hoot

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Hoot 

by Carl Hiaasen

Ages 10 & up, 292 pages

Realistic Fiction, Humorous

I really enjoyed this book and finished it in a day. I don’t want to share too much information about the book, because part of the reason that kept me reading was the mystery held my attention. Roy Eberhardt is the new student at Trace Middle in Florida. He’s constantly bullied and misses his last home in Montana. If it wasn’t for Roy’s bully, Dana Materson, pushing his face against the window on the school bus then he wouldn’t have seen the strange boy running with no shoes. Roy’s curious about this boy and is determined to see him again, which causes Roy trouble. Another story plot occurs with mysterious vandalism at the future site for the next Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House. Survey stakes in the ground are removed and even animals are let loose. The running boy and vandalism mystery plot move back and forth and finally intertwine in the middle. The characters are well developed and the story elements move smoothly. Hoot will surely keep your interest as you discover what all the hoot is about in this humorous tale as a young boy attempts to do what is right while surviving at school. I highly recommend this book for all ages! Hoot also won a Newbery Honor in 2003.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Hoot

    Book Review: Scat | Children's Books & More said:
    November 23, 2011 at 12:04 am

    […] is the second book I read by Carl Hiaasen and I was just as delighted after reading Hoot. Bunny Starch is a feared biology teacher at Truman School. Students cringe when they are called […]

    Book Review: Scat | Hold Your Future said:
    November 23, 2011 at 8:35 am

    […] Carl Hiaasen and I was just as delighted after reading Hoot. Bunny Starch is a feared biology teacher at Truman School. Students cringe when […]

    2011 Book Reflections | Children's Books & More said:
    December 31, 2011 at 12:12 am

    […] new author I discovered is Carl Hiaasen. I read Scat and Hoot. These books were for middle school age that were mysteries focused upon environmental […]

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