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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: March 2012 ISBN: 9780307916419
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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)

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 1, 2012:
    “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.”

  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2011:
    “Hiaasen’s best for a young audience since Newbery Honor Hoot (2002) features a shy, deep-feeling protagonist who’s also a pragmatist and plenty of nature info and age-appropriate cultural commentary…. Humorous adventure tales just don’t get any more wacked…or fun to read than this.”

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terrie | 12/18/2013

    " Read my review at Let's Talk Books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Alanguzik | 12/15/2013

    " I read this book because one of my students wanted to read it. He, as a fourth grade boy, loved it. I, as an adult, thought it was just ok. It is a good, contemporary read for reluctant boy readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Patching | 12/14/2013

    " another hilarious book by carl hiaasen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Terry | 12/12/2013

    " This was hillarious! It's the first book I've read by Carl Hiaasen, but it won't be the last! It would be great for a classroom read aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Sokolowski | 11/6/2013

    " I enjoyed the quirkiness of this story. The book dragged a bit with some extraneous details. My struggling sixth grade reader had a difficult time with the vocabulary; this book was a challenge for her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erna | 10/20/2013

    " Amusing story with interesting characters who are likable. A quick read and very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murphy | 6/18/2013

    " The man is a genius, twisted, but a genius. His kid's books are well written, not the least bit condescending and have great young protagonists. Green themes and honor abound but make no mistake, these are funny funny books. There are others, and you will want to read them too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/6/2013

    " writing a review later "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 1/7/2013

    " I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It tells the story of a Florida animal wrangler that gets hired to help a TV survivalist put on a show in the Everglades. He isn't what he seems and neither is his show. Lots of little adventures and humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aden | 10/3/2012

    " Amazing, just like all of Carl Hiaasen's books. I would recommend all of them. Wahoo and Tuna are great characters and Mickey is very funny. I enjoyed it a lot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/13/2012

    " Great airplane book, light and funny. Sometimes CH's book all resemble each other... This one is about a father son duo renting out tame-ish reptiles to a man vs wild knock-off tv production. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anjanette Wold | 6/7/2012

    " Read with my daughter who was probably too young for it yet she and I both enjoyed it together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay Van Slyke | 5/30/2012

    " This may have been a kids book but it was a fun read nevertheless!! Lots of great characters and critters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 3/16/2012

    " I definitely liked the second half of this book better than the first half. I felt that the first part of the book the story didn't flow as much as the other parts of the story and that the main plot had shifted a bit to much. It got much better by the end, though. "

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About the Author
Author Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen is a successful journalist and novelist. He is a writer and investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, and his work has appeared in Time, Life, Esquire, Playboy, Gourmet, and Sports Illustrated. His earliest novels—Powder Burn, Trap Line, and A Death In China—were cowritten with fellow journalist Bill Montalbano. Since then, he has written books in a variety of genres. His novel Strip Tease was made into a movie in 1996, and his young adult novel Hoot, a Newbery honoree, was made into a movie in May 2006. A number of Hiassen’s works have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, including Star Island, Chomp, Sick Puppy, and Scat. In addition to being a writer, Hiassen is also a public speaker. He lives in Florida with his family.