desi_young, November 12, 2008 (view all comments by desi_young)
With only two young adult/kids books under his belt, Hiaasen brings his wacky offbeat characters with a pro environment flair and anti new construction to a younger generation. I went to see him at a speaking engagement once for the other kids book Flush, and he was amazed at how many kids were there as he stated his other writings should be held off for reading til his crowd was a little bit older. As with any Hiaasen book, the bad guys will always get what they deserve and the good guys win and something strange will happen that will make you shake your head.
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ami_in_autumn, November 8, 2008 (view all comments by ami_in_autumn)
well...the first time i read this book, it`s so difficult for me to understand. I`m an Indonesian young girl who was assigned by my lecture to make a responses from this book. honestly, there were so many difficult words that not custom to be used in daily English conversation,it makes me headache. i read this book with a dictionary beside me. but once i started to read this book, somehow i get so excited.i can`t stop reading it. it just like watching the movie itself.the story made me feel so curious with what will be happened next. this is the first novel book that i finished reading it without skipping any chapter. now, i`ve been thinking of a response to be made. since i like every characters in this story i intend to make pictures of them based on my own imagination.
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nancylittlebuddy, February 7, 2007 (view all comments by nancylittlebuddy)
I just finished this book last night in bed. It was so interesting that I couldn't put the book down! I was supposed to be asleep at 11:30, but I was up reading until 12:30. It really was a good book, as was Flush, another Carl Hiaasen book that I loved.
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disemzatebe, January 18, 2007 (view all comments by disemzatebe)
This book is a fantastic childrens novel about one boy who sets his heart to helping burrowing owls from extinction. It is one of my favourite books and I recommend it to anyone who would like to read a funny, exciting, fun filled book!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"With a Florida setting and proenvironment, antidevelopment message, Hiaasen (Sick Puppy) returns to familiar turf for his first novel for young readers. Characteristically quirky characters and comic twists will surely gain the author new fans, though their attention may wander during his narrative's intermittently protracted focus on several adults, among them a policeman and the manager of a construction site for a new franchise of a pancake restaurant chain. Both men are on a quest to discover who is sabotaging the site at night, including such pranks as uprooting survey stakes, spray-painting the police cruiser's windows while the officer sleeps within and filling the portable potties with alligators. The story's most intriguing character is the boy behind the mischief, a runaway on a mission to protect the miniature owls that live in burrows underneath the site. Roy, who has recently moved to Florida from Montana, befriends the homeless boy (nicknamed Mullet Fingers) and takes up his cause, as does the runaway's stepsister. Though readers will have few doubts about the success of the kids' campaign, several suspenseful scenes build to the denouement involving the sitcom-like unraveling of a muckity-muck at the pancake house. These, along with dollops of humor, help make the novel quite a hoot indeed. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by The Boston Globe,
“A wonderful tour-de-force.”
by The Miami Herald,
“A rollicking, righteous story.”
by The New York Times Book Review,
“You don’t have to be a young adult to enjoy it.”
by The Washington Post Book World,
“Yes, it is a hoot.”
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site in this Newbery Honor book and the first children's book by New York Times bestselling author Hiaasen.
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