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3.00001785038135 out of 53.00001785038135 out of 53.00001785038135 out of 53.00001785038135 out of 53.00001785038135 out of 5 3.00 (36,974 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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