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Publisher Comments:

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 that 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.

Review:

"Hiaasen's (Hoot) action-packed mystery set in the Florida Keys offers a colorful cast of dastardly villains and eccentric heroes, along with his signature environmental themes. Noah would be the first to admit that his father, Paine Underwood, 'sometimes goes too far' in his campaign to save the environment, especially when he single-handedly sinks the Coral Queen, a gambling boat that he believes has been dumping human waste just offshore. This feat leads to a jail sentence, and while Mr. Underwood is behind bars, it is up to Noah to prove that his father had good reason to put the floating casino out of action. Noah's mission — to catch owner Dusty Muleman 'red-handed' as he drains his boat's sewage — is not an easy task. Dusty employs a burly watchman and has connections with the Coast Guard and the police. Yet Noah finds some unusual adversaries in Lice Peeking, Dusty's former employee, who is willing to testify against his ex-boss for a price; Shelly, Dusty's blond, buxom ex-girlfriend; and an unnamed 'old pirate,' who conveniently appears whenever Noah needs help out of a tight fix. While much of this adventure (including the identity of the 'old pirate') is predictable, Hiaasen creates enough interesting plot twists to keep the pages turning. Budding environmentalists especially will delight in the ingenious way that Noah beats Dusty at his game. Ages 10-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This quick-reading, fun, family adventure harkens back to the Hardy Boys in its simplicity and quirky characters." School Library Journal

Review:

"[A] delightful quirkiness. But the sparkle that catapulted Hoot into the limelight isn't quite as brilliant here....Hiaasen still succeeds at relating an entertaining story while getting across a serious message..." Booklist

Synopsis:

Noah's dad is sure that the owner of a casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor. Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed and will sink the crooked casino and prove the boat owner is dumping illegally.

Synopsis:

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. Now it's up to Noah to succeed where his dad failed.

Synopsis:

With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.

About the Author

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of several adult novels, including Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, Lucky You, Stormy Weather, and Basket Case; and, for young readers, Hoot. He also writes a regular column for the Miami Herald.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375837524
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction-General
Author:
Carl Hiaasen
Author:
Hiaasen, Carl
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World - Ecology
Subject:
Environmental protection
Subject:
Fathers
Subject:
Florida
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Audio Books-Children s
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Children s-Oregon Reader s Choice Award
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070814
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
272

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Children's » Humor
Children's » Science and Nature » Environmental Fiction
Children's » Transportation » Boats, Ships and Underwater Craft

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Product details 272 pages Random House Children's Books - English 9780375837524 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hiaasen's (Hoot) action-packed mystery set in the Florida Keys offers a colorful cast of dastardly villains and eccentric heroes, along with his signature environmental themes. Noah would be the first to admit that his father, Paine Underwood, 'sometimes goes too far' in his campaign to save the environment, especially when he single-handedly sinks the Coral Queen, a gambling boat that he believes has been dumping human waste just offshore. This feat leads to a jail sentence, and while Mr. Underwood is behind bars, it is up to Noah to prove that his father had good reason to put the floating casino out of action. Noah's mission — to catch owner Dusty Muleman 'red-handed' as he drains his boat's sewage — is not an easy task. Dusty employs a burly watchman and has connections with the Coast Guard and the police. Yet Noah finds some unusual adversaries in Lice Peeking, Dusty's former employee, who is willing to testify against his ex-boss for a price; Shelly, Dusty's blond, buxom ex-girlfriend; and an unnamed 'old pirate,' who conveniently appears whenever Noah needs help out of a tight fix. While much of this adventure (including the identity of the 'old pirate') is predictable, Hiaasen creates enough interesting plot twists to keep the pages turning. Budding environmentalists especially will delight in the ingenious way that Noah beats Dusty at his game. Ages 10-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This quick-reading, fun, family adventure harkens back to the Hardy Boys in its simplicity and quirky characters."
"Review" by , "[A] delightful quirkiness. But the sparkle that catapulted Hoot into the limelight isn't quite as brilliant here....Hiaasen still succeeds at relating an entertaining story while getting across a serious message..."
"Synopsis" by , Noah's dad is sure that the owner of a casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor. Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed and will sink the crooked casino and prove the boat owner is dumping illegally.
"Synopsis" by , 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. Now it's up to Noah to succeed where his dad failed.
"Synopsis" by , With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.
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