Author: Carl Hiaasen
ISBN: 978-0-375-83486-8
Publisher: Knopf For Young Readers

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Carl Hiaasen is a best- selling author in the USA and particularly in Florida. He has all the ingredients for mass appeal: a strong, mysterious character driven by his passion for teaching and his love of ecology, a vivid environmental backdrop, romance, humor, and hints of sordid deeds. Hiaasen’s recent novel Scat also boasts elements of good literature: dazzling characterization, strong narrative and believable dialogue that moves the action along. 

In addition, this Newberry Honor Winner, he has written many novels and middle grade literature. And if you like him, as some of us obviously do, you can make a career out of reading just his work.

Hiaasen sets Scat, his humorous, satirical eco-friendly tale in a town north of Naples Florida, not too far from Black Vine Swamp, home to endangered species of panthers and other animals, just like his two previous novels Hoot and Flush. This one is full to the brim with bizarre characters and happenings.

Mrs. Bunny Starch, a feared biology teacher at Truman private school, disappears after a school field trip to the Black Vine Swamp, where an illegal drilling company wants to drill for oil in a forbidden part of the Swamp.

Scat follows two adventurous students who set out to solve the mystery of the teacher’s disappearance.  Along the way, they will meet with an eccentric eco-avenger, a juvenile delinquent named Smoke, and his wacky father and very rich grandmother, a crooked oil prospector, and one very endangered Florida panther before they really begin to understand the big picture.

A sub-plot involving the return of Nick’s maimed dad from Iraq adds a current event flavor to the story.

Scat is a page- turner with humor, adventure and heart. It is such an outrageous, funny tale that it could only have sprung from Hiaasen’s mind. Boys and girls and adults will thoroughly enjoy this exiting adventure and will learn how to watch and protect the fragile eco-system that is a swamp in Florida.

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