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September 21, 2008

Hoot

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Hoot

Author: Carl Hiaasen

Page Length: 292

Reading Level: 6

Genre: Fiction        

PLOT SUMMARY: Roy Eberhardt is a middle-school student who has just moved from Montana to Florida.  He rides the bus to school each day, and sits alone.  He is the latest victim of the school bully, Dana Matherson.  One day, when Dana is in the middle of attacking Roy, Roy spies a boy running very fast with no backpack or shoes.  This intrigues Roy, because he knows the boy is not headed for school.  Roy discovers that the running boy is Mullet Fingers and has a sister, Beatrice. Mullet is on a mission and Roy gets involved with some of his antics.

Meanwhile, there have been several incidents of petty crime occurring on the lot of the site for the new “Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House.”  As an officer and security guard try to protect the lot, Roy and Mullet find a way to get revenge on Dana while also protecting the environment.

REVIEW: This is a story of mystery and adventure involving some rather weird characters. Those who enjoyed Holes would like this book. It has a good message concerning the endangerment of burrowing owls. Boys would probably like the book more than girls.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: Character, Conflict (Environmental vs. Business Development)

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: Mild violence, some cursing

RELATED BOOKS: Flush, Naomi’s Geese, California Blue, The Fledglings, The Silent Spillbills, The Maze

MOVIE CONNECTIONS: “Hoot” (2006)

RELATED WEBSITES:

www.teenreads.com/reviews/0375821813.asp

www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/Hoot.html

www.randomhouse.com/teachers/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=0375821813&view=tg

www.scholastic.com/hoot/index.htm

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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