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3.58540540540541 out of 53.58540540540541 out of 53.58540540540541 out of 53.58540540540541 out of 53.58540540540541 out of 5 3.59 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Hiaasen Narrator: Chad Lowe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2002 ISBN: 9780807209240
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Unfortunately, Roy’s first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, if Dana hadn’t been sinking his thumbs into Roy’s temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is intriguing: he was running away from the school bus, carried no books, and—here’s the odd part—wore no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy’s trail. The chase introduces him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparkling tails.

Roy has most definitely arrived in Carl Hiaasen’s Florida.

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Quotes & Awards

  • It seems unlikely that the master of noir-tinged, surrealistic black humor would write a novel for young readers. And yet, there has always been something delightfully juvenile about Hiaasen’s imagination; beneath the bent cynicism lurks a distinctly 12-year-old cackle. In this thoroughly engaging tale of how middle schooler Roy Eberhardt, new kid in Coconut Cove, learns to love South Florida, Hiaasen lets his inner kid run rampant, both the subversive side that loves to see grown-ups make fools of themselves and the righteously indignant side, appalled at the mess being made of our planet. The story is full of offbeat humor, buffoonish yet charming supporting characters, and genuinely touching scenes of children enjoying the wildness of nature. He deserves a warm welcome into children’s publishing. Booklist
  • A wonderful tour-de-force. The Boston Globe
  • A rollicking, righteous story. The Miami Herald
  • You don’t have to be a young adult to enjoy it. The New York Times Book Review
  • Yes, it is a hoot. The Washington Post Book World
  • Winner of the 2005 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BOOKS! | 2/13/2014

    " preety good book. I like how in each paragraph it changes to a different story but there isn't much action. (besides bullying.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 2/12/2014

    " These owls are disgustingly cute. They really could not be any cuter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janine | 2/5/2014

    " Some hilarious parts that made me laugh so hard I was crying, but a pretty long book to read with my students. I would recommend this for an individual reader but the length makes it difficult to stay on track with a group. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 2/5/2014

    " This is a fun book for young people to read, and there are many good lessons to be learned from it. I like the themes of loyalty, friendship, family relationships, standing up for what you believe, and protecting the environment. The author falls short, however, of addressing some other important issues in a meaningful way. Hiassen tries to put humor in scenes of bullying and vandalism, two things that are never humorous and should not be taken lightly, especially in this day and age. That is where my disappointment in the book comes. The good still outweighs the bad, however, and I think it is a worthwhile story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan | 1/24/2014

    " it was a hoot "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celeste | 1/21/2014

    " One of my all time favorites. "

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

    " THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE READ!!!!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Parth Dhand | 12/4/2013

    " im not done. i stopped cause i didn't like it. i got bored "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Barber | 10/30/2013

    " I thought this was a good read .... as good as the "adult novels" that Carl has written. I like the lessons learned and the ideas that bureaucracy forces good people into bad places. The characters were a little shallow and one-dimensional, but not horribly so. 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alaniale0 | 10/29/2013

    " IT would be a good book if yu do not mind a few cuss words. I gave it four stars cause of cuss words. I dont mind it is a such a great book im not going to say anything about it. I recoomand you READ IT. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faith | 10/27/2013

    " I thought the author could have added something else to this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelsi Bowman | 7/22/2013

    " This would be a great book for middle school aged students. It is a easy read about a boy who moves to Florida and gets bullied. This might be a good introduction to the topic of bullying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Rhines | 1/10/2013

    " I only read this because I was wanting to read and had no other book, but I actually enjoyed it more then I thought. Looking forward to watching the movie with the kids! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sebastian Petersen | 1/6/2013

    " S.o much about nature and mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Millie Gatimu | 9/3/2012

    " I adored this book.....Roy as acharacter was so believable.....you couldn't help but fall in love with his quest.....Loved it..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debby | 7/2/2012

    " I didn't realize this was juvenile fiction until after I listened to and then I saw it in the kids section of our library. It was fun to listen to and I liked the subject area-kids trying to save owls. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Farrell | 2/13/2012

    " Carl Hiaasen's most popular story and it's great! I saw the movie and read the book. I love both! Hiaasen's books are for everyone so I recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yolanda | 2/9/2012

    " this book is so confusin at first but when you get all into the book and use common since then it really helps you understand what in the world it is talkin about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan burling | 2/3/2012

    " i like hoot because the boy in the story stand up for whats he wants.And i love that about the story. boy want to save the bairs and he did :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jwalkergraham | 12/7/2011

    " We listened to this with our 9-year-old son on audio book. It was a great demonstration of a kid who can still talk to his parents, but also knows his own mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rodgers | 8/11/2011

    " I thought this was a cute book. I enjoyed the kids caring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan Filsinger | 7/2/2011

    " This book was okay, It was kind of confusing at parts and not descriptive enough for me, I do recommend reading the book before watching the movie though because they aren't very similar and might throw you off. "

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

    " I really liked this book. A teenage boy, trying to adjust to moving gets involved with some unlikely friends. And in his own way is able to solve not only his own problems, but some that are bigger than him, and involve his community. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 V_madridista | 6/27/2011

    " It had some amusing parts, but otherwise it seemed to take the long way around about getting to the point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 6/25/2011

    " I thought that this book was really good it is about peaple trying to bild a Store on top of baby owl nests and other kids are trying to take a stand and stop them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 6/24/2011

    " Predictable but fun juvie novel from Hiaasen, featuring his usual environmentalist slant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia kareen | 6/21/2011

    " I had so much fun reading this book! :-)
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 6/20/2011

    " A crazy mind gone weird that swirls the drain of structure. The best writer alive; in that he still writes books and he doesn't suck. Elmore Leonard for the next generation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drucilla | 6/16/2011

    " A really good book that deserves the Newberry Honor it was given. There's a great moral lesson in it and is really realistic (as much as a children's book can be realistic). Truly a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lamanjalo | 6/13/2011

    " ahhh, hoot. I love this book. Such great characters, and characters with SUCH a great motivation! Wonderfully written, satisfying ending, fun and exciting plot, and good message. :) if only the movie hadn't ruined it!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 allie | 6/12/2011

    " well we read this in our book group and to be honest...it stunk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahha and it just was all weird and it cursed alot so eww not my type "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 6/5/2011

    " Hoot is Carl Hiaasen's first young adult novel. The title refers to burrowing owls whose home is threatened by the development of a pancake house. The book carries Hiaasen's usual environmental message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 6/1/2011

    " Good showing of current issues and kids with problems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 5/28/2011

    " Hoot is a great book you will probably like it if you are a boy or a girl. If you like animals you will also like this book. I like this book because it has a mix and mean mix like it's not just one thing it variety of things happening in the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 5/28/2011

    " Just re-read this one with my daughter. So glad Hiaasen's writing YA literature. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Chad Lowe is an award-winning American actor, director, producer, and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his role in the film Unfaithful. He has also had recurring roles on Pretty Little Liars, Young Justice, ER, Melrose Place, and more. He won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1989 and a Primetime Emmy Award in 1993 as well as other awards for his television acting and his film directing. He has narrated several audiobooks. For Big Mouth & Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates, his co-narration with Hilary Swank in 2003 earned him not only an AudioFile Earphones Award but also the prestigious Audie Award for Best Multi-Voiced Performance.