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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,721 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Hiaasen Narrator: James Van Der Beek Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle.  His father is the unpredictable one. 

When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called "Expedition Survival!", Wahoo figures he'll have to do a bit of wrangling himself—to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show's boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger seems to actually believe his PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tuna—a girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man and needs a place to hide out. 

They've only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna's dad shows up with a gun . . .

It's anyone's guess who will actually survive "Expedition Survival". . . .

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mystery, action, humor, and exotic animals and settings, all tied together by a writer with an exceptional grasp of language, makes this a sure hit with any mystery-loving readers.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Hiaasen’s best for a young audience since Newbery Honor Hoot…Humorous adventure tales just don’t get any more wacked…or fun to read than this.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” for Children, March 2012
  • A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Children
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Josie Marilyn | 1/31/2014

    " This book brought humor as well as emotional reality .I believe Carl Hiaasen did a GREAT job creating a book that made you realize reality but also made you laugh .He also made it relateable . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by charlotte Phillips | 1/15/2014

    " Silly and satisfying. I had no idea what to expect from this book, but it turned out to be a Florida adventure with lots of shifting moments and expectations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathy | 1/15/2014

    " Typical Hiaasen blend of craziness and environmental issues geared towards young reader. Amusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Beau | 12/22/2013

    " A slight but fun riff on reality shows like Man vs. Wild. It seems like a premise that he could have done more with in one of his adult novels, but it turned out pleasantly enough as a YA work. "

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