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3.91102564102564 out of 53.91102564102564 out of 53.91102564102564 out of 53.91102564102564 out of 53.91102564102564 out of 5 3.91 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Hiaasen Narrator: Michael Welch Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780307280718
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You know it’s going to be a rough summer when you spend Father’s Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.

Noah’s dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor, which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can’t prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah’s dad is stuck in the clink.

Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove the Coral Queen is dumping illegally. Somehow. His allies may not add up to much: his sister Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter; Lice Peeking, a greedy sot with poor hygiene; Shelly, a bartender and a woman scorned; and a mysterious pirate, but Noah’s got a plan to flush this crook out into the open. A plan that should sink the crooked little casino, once and for all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The writing is pitch perfect.”

    New York Times

  • Compulsively readable with a cleverly conceived resolution. . . . Fans of
    spy stories, action, environmental intrigue, and, well, Hiaasen, will cheer for
    this one.
    The Bulletin
  • “Compulsively readable with a cleverly conceived resolution…Fans of spy stories, action, environmental intrigue, and, well, Hiaasen, will cheer for this one.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “Hiaasen is able to portray the world as flawed, weird, yet sometimes wonderful.”

    USA Today

  • “Greedy operators, corrupt politicians, a threatened environment, some righteously indignant crusaders—all laced with whacked-out humor.”

    Miami Hearld

  • “Enough twists and turns to satisfy even the most serious adventure junkies.”

    Horn Book

  • “It’s classic Hiaasen—laugh-out-loud satire in a Florida setting.”

    Life

  • “A comic eco-thriller with an undercurrent of outrage. The far-fetched plot and nonstop one-liners belie a dead-serious exploration of the messy politics of conversation.”

    Washington Post

  • “For those who like their stories fast-paced and funny.”

    Financial Time

  • “A royal flush.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Biting humor, wacko characters, and a take-no-prisoners attitude toward rapacious developers.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “One of the most enjoyable books around.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Droll dialogue, quirky characters…Extremely amusing.”

    VOYA

  • “Outrageous but utterly believable.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “Readers will be hooked.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of the 2005 Agatha Award for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel
  • Winner of the 2007 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
  • A 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Juvenile Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Absterz | 2/10/2014

    " BEST BOOK EVA!! i love this book soo much!! it was soo much fun to read! i finihed it really quickly because i jst kept reading!! it was one of those books you jst cant put down!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Paiva Stewart | 2/2/2014

    " Cute, I love his adult stuff & now I enjoy reading his YA stuff with my son! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ninetyone School | 1/30/2014

    " Austin in 4th Grade writes, "Exciting story about a kid trying to save the fish and sea." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 1/30/2014

    " This was another one of Hiaasen's books that's purpose was to get people interested in the environment using a fun story that takes place in Florida, near the beach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger Smith | 1/26/2014

    " Not as funny as the first YA book I read by Hiassen (Hoot), but equally as impactful. Hiassen's books teach kids how to get the results they want the right way, especially involving environmental issues. Recommended for all kids, boys or girls, this one was a shorter book, easy read, though not sure if parents want their kids reading about other kids sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night and taking matters into their own hands. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 1/25/2014

    " Fun. Typical of Carl Hiaasen -- very environmentally political. But a good plot and nice twists and I enjoyed listening to it. (I borrowed the audio book from the library.) Had some great humorous lines too, which is always nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline K | 1/20/2014

    " wow inspiering "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sellyndavies | 1/19/2014

    " Carl Hiaasen writes in a humorous and engaging way for kids at 4th-7th grade level. His novels take place in Florida and address environmental and wildlife protection issues. Flush is about a group of friends who try to stop a gambling casino from dumping raw sewage into the ocean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/17/2014

    " This was OK for what it is, a teen book. I could see where young teens would enjoy this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sunshine ☼ | 1/4/2014

    " it was a rally good book:D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elliott | 12/13/2013

    " THE BOOK WAS PRETTY GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Domenique Camilleri | 11/26/2013

    " This book was okay i didnt care for it as much because i feel like it wasnt pulling me in and it was a little confusing to understand. This book is for people who want to sit and read carefully so that they could see what is really happening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 11/18/2013

    " Not as offbeat and quirky as other Hiaasen reads, but fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sruthi | 11/17/2013

    " I loved this book blc. it taught me to never give up ibn a fun way. I think Carl Hiassen is a great author. (w level book). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ss Ho | 11/8/2013

    " Best book I've ever read! I love Carl Hiaasen's books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 11/5/2013

    " this was a great book for boys or girls i enjoyed this book because you didnt know what was going to happen next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiera | 11/3/2013

    " It was a very great book. It is really funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 9/8/2013

    " I live in Florida so I sorta related to this story. It was pretty good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva | 7/11/2013

    " thas funny this morning i just finished it for the 2 time this morning.Try Scat it is even better11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ricki | 7/11/2013

    " I read this book in 6th grade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 4/19/2013

    " It is about a boy named Noah who's dad goes off the deep end sometimes. He sinks a man's boat and Noah has to clear his dad's name. It isn't really funny but it has a lot of meaning. For someone who wants to save animals (like me), especially those that are endangered, this is a GREAT book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KK | 2/8/2013

    " This is the same author as the book Hoot. Both very goood books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/31/2012

    " Great little story with Hiaasen's magic formula. The setting is Florida. The bad guys are threatening the natural world and the kids become heroes helping to save the day. Fun read. Well developed with details being introduced at just the right time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bailee | 10/26/2012

    " OMG I really love this book. It has such a good moral and displays it in such a great way. This is a must-read for everybody!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jasmine Phillips | 9/1/2012

    " I turned in flush at the library because it was tim to get a new book acculaly I got two new books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bowoo | 2/23/2012

    " it was a really awesome book, and DONT JUDGE IT BY IT'S COVER, THIS BOOK CUSSES! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 9/30/2011

    " Another enjoyable, funny book by Hiaasen, with an underlying wildlife lesson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damara | 9/21/2011

    " i loved this book so much. noah is a smart boy and knew his dad only sunk the boat because jaspers dad was putting waste in the ocean from his casino boat and did everything to get his dad out of jail and become not gulity "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jules B | 7/28/2011

    " I enjoyed Flush very much. I think that I would have liked it a little more if it was the kind of book that I read on a daily basis. I perfer adventure stories over realistic fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 6/30/2011

    " We listened to this driving on a family vacation. I had read all of Carl Hiassen's adult novels and enjoy them. As a family we enjoyed Flush and I highly recommend for families as we all enjoyed and the miles flew by! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindi | 6/22/2011

    " Though I liked the message about environmentalism and kids (kids can do things to help the environment), the general focus on "end justifies the means" was an absolute turn off. The kids didn't approve either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 6/18/2011

    " preread this for alex. it was ok for adults, but i thought a little too morally complicated for 10 yr old. interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hailie | 6/6/2011

    " This is a really good book about "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danni | 6/5/2011

    " I am going to read this book it looks very intresting like it is half envoirmental and half mystery i think it is going to be a great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 6/2/2011

    " Love this author to "listen" to a book with my kids. A little language at times (especially for my 3 and 7 year olds) - but love the "save the planet" attitude of the kids in Carl Hiaasen's stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 5/27/2011

    " I'm really like this book! I'm sort of happy that it's an assigned book for over the summer. If it wasn't I probably would not read it, 'cause I didn't like Hoot. I wasn't planing on reading any of Carl Hiaasen's books anymore.


    (: Happy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiryna | 5/25/2011

    " So far, so good -- I'll keep everyone posted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 5/24/2011

    " Thinking about teaching this book to my seventh grade class. This is an environmental story about a boat that is dumping poop and other human waste into the bay by Noah and Abbey's house. Some fun hijinks ensue. "

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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.