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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, and snappers 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 inept and egotistical star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger foolishly believes his own 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 father 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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“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

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“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.” Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

About the Author

Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Now Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Nature Girl and Star Island.

Hoot, Hiaasen's first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. And Flush, Scat, and Chomp have all been major bestsellers.

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Beverly B, August 4, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Carl Hiassen's young teen protagonists usually have more common sense and integrity than the adults in the story which results in chaos and injuries for the characters and lots of laughter for the reader. This is true for Chomp. Set in the Florida swamps, the story has drama, slapstick, witty sarcasm, a buffoonish antagonist, numerous eccentric characters, strong themes on friendship and family, and a young protagonist who appears to be the only normal character in the whole book. It is also a biting satire on the phoniness of reality TV and the pompous people in the TV industry responsible for what ends up on the air. The pop culture satire in Chomp will probably be over the heads of middle grade readers, but they will enjoy the events. Older readers will pick up on the satire and maybe be educated on the reality of reality TV while they are laughing. Middle school student, Wahoo, lives on a wild animal sanctuary run by his father, the most gifted wild animal wrangler in all of Florida. With the family desperate for money, Wahoo convinces his father to accept a job as a consultant for a reality survivor TV show (Curiously, a show very similar to the actual show Survivor Man and its many copycat shows.) Wahoo knows this job will be a challenge for his stickler-for-the-truth Dad, but Wahoo thinks if he goes with his Dad as his assistant, he can stop his Dad from ruining this prosperous opportunity. Of course, what follows is filming disasters, deadly storms and numerous injuries. Carl Hiaassen created a winning formula for his YA novels, and he holds true to that formula with Chomp.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375868276
Author:
Hiaasen, Carl
Publisher:
Ember
Subject:
Children s-Environmental Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130514
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
36.5 x 7.75 x 6.75 in 12 lb
Age Level:
from 10

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Product details 384 pages Ember - English 9780375868276 Reviews:
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “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.”
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