Hoot by Carl Hiaasen


Like so many terrific adult authors of late Carl Hiaasen also writes for young adults. I can’t tell you how much I love both his adult and YA books. Hoot is about a middle school boy who moves around alot and is not liking his new home in Florida all too well. Roy has been having almost daily run-ins with one of the school bullies. One day on the bus as Roy is being strangled by said bully, he notices a boy running through the neighborhood barefooted. The boy becomes a mystery to Roy who is determined to find out who he is and why he’s not in school. Added to this mystery is the vacant lot near Roy’s neighborhood. Strange things start happening right before construction is to take place on the site. Alligators in port-a-potties and strange looking burrows in the ground are just the start.

There are so many great things about Carl Hiaasen. He is incredibly funny (Kalo, za German dog trainer- yah). His main charaters are great heros (Roy very bravely stands up to said bully). And his stories are most absorbing (just what kind of fascinating personalities could be reflected in names such as Mullet Fingers, Chuck Muckle and Curly?). I’m particularly excited about his new YA book out soon called “Scat”. For now, enjoy this Newberry Honor book  – great fun!