The reason Hoot is so famous is because it takes you through the adventures of a boy who is just like us. This is no fantasy book about saving the world. The problems are actually real everyday problems, and I liked how the author weaved in the whole problem with the owls and the pancake house. It was a really original book.
A contemporary children's novel with elements of mystery, adventure, and personal development: the characters are distinctive, concerned, and limited (not superheroes) like all of us; the premise of an endangered burrowing owl is timely; the fictional corporation is profit driven (duh); and the resolution is satisfying. For parts of this a certain amount of "suspended disbelief" is needed, but it's a novel. If your political perspective is very conservative the corporation-as-villain will probably annoy you, but if you can take it as ONE business not a representative of all businesses the book works. It could serve for classroom use to raise discussions on different viewpoints on endangered species and on several topics related to personal development.
This is a good read with plenty of action. At the same time, Carl Hiaasen is very effective in his children's novels in featuring environmental and economic issues without being didactic. You can read his books for the plot and the characters, but many children will appreciate the opportunity to begin thinking about some contemporary issues involved in their settings or their actions. (If you haven't read any of his books, I'd suggest you start with Flush.)
I have heard that Hiaasen is a great mystery/humor writer and was eager to read one of his books. I picked up "Hoot" because it looked good and, guess what, it was really really good.
Roy has just moved to Florida from Montana, he is the new kid at school...again. He's used to it though, he moves around a lot. Then on the bus he sees a boy running without shoes and senses a mystery to be solved. Thus starts a story about mysteries, practical jokes, outwitting bullies, and saving endangered species.
I really loved this book. All the characters were wonderful and believable. Hiaasen creates an excellent mystery, with great humor, while tackling a number of social issues that kids and adults can both relate too. A great description for this novel is eco-thriller. Between trying to find a place for himself in Florida, Roy gets caught up in a mystery surrounding burrowing owls and the huge corporation trying to take out their home. It was hard to put this book down, I basically read the whole thing in one sitting while at the airport.
I really have no complaints with this book. Hiassen's writing is very readable and the dialogue between characters is well done and very natural sounding. I was impressed that not only did he create a great mystery but he also dealt with issues like bullies, bad home life, the things companies will do to make money, endangered species, and how one person can make a huge difference if they put their mind to it. It was also nice to read a young adult book where the parents were actual realistic and decent people. Roy's parents are good people, who help out their son the best they can...too often in young adult books the adults are inept and it was nice to see adults portrayed more realistically.
This was a great book. I am going to get Hiaasen's other young adult books "Flush" and "Scat" to read as soon as I can. I would also like to check out his adult books. I recommend this book to people of all ages and people with all different sorts of interests. If you like mysteries and eco-thrillers than this book will definitely be right up your alley. If you don't...well you should read it anyway. It is one that I am keeping to read again.
The reason why this book is so famous is because it is simple yet complex at the same time. I loved this book because it showed how one new kid went from being the school laugh to, well, saving an entire species of owl. I really liked how the author incorporated the pancake company into the plot. If you've watched the movie and based your opinion of the book off of that, you are completely wrong. The movie is nothing compared to the book. The book is about 250% better than the movie. I thought this book was original and funny and I really loved it.
I already don't like language that is not appropriate for adults to speak and so much more when a child speaks obsenities. I bought this book for my children after watching the movie. It was very disappointing as far as having to listen to foul language. We would have liked it without it!
I loved Hoot. My son had to read it for school and I read some with him. I had to read it all for myself because it was really good. This book won a Newberry Honor and it is obvious why. The writing is excellent. The characters are truly endearing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
Carl Hiaasen is one of my favorite authors, but this is the first time I've read one of his books for younger readers.It is the story of Roy Eberhardt, a boy attending Trace Middle School, in Coconut Grove, FL, having recently moved from Montana. Roy is an only child who is being mercilessly bullied by a bigger, older thug named Dana Masterson. Told with humor and lots of plot twists, we watch Roy make some unlikely friends, join a protest to save some rare burrowing owls, and save the proverbial day. Through the sharp eyes of the ever-observant Roy, we meet many adult characters typical to Florida, who provide comic relief and a thoroughly unusual plot line.
This is an excellent pre-teen book. It is very funny and the action keeps them turning the pages. It contains good messages about peer pressure, the importance of looking into your own heart and finding the answers, and corporate and environmental responsbility all in a wonderfully hilarious book!
Good book. I enjoyed reading about kids who had enough interest in the environment to take down the big company. I hope that there are enough kids out there that really do feel this way so that our world continues to be there for our children's children.
I know very well what its like to be the new kid in school. I wish I would have had Roys courage and presence of mind as he stood up to all the bullies and stuck to his ideals and new friendships. The poor kid becomes the focus to two of the schools biggest bullies, but he takes it in stride. It was interesting watching him stand up to Dana with the maturity of an adult as Roy continually confronts Dana face to face, asking him to leave him alone. Then theres Beatrice Leep: Shes another kid you dont want to mess with! And Roy becomes involved with her due to some very interesting circumstances! Theres also a future pancake house, some bulldozers, and some miniature owls! But at the center of everything there is a boy without a name. Roy just wants to find out about the boybut in so doing becomes embroiled in something much bigger than himself. The question is, will Roy leave it alone and lie low, or will he stand up for something that he is beginning to believe in?
Hoot reminded me of watching a contemporary Andy Griffith show; complete with some bumbling small-town cops, uneducated townsfolk, a mystery with some big wigs from the big city, an environmental spin, and kids who tend to take matters into their own hands! The epilogue in this book is a riotI do love stories that give you the rest of the story! And the ending leaves you happy, yet slightly unsatisfiedbut you know that no one will ever be the same! This cute little story will remind us to remember to look around and be aware that there is more to life than buildings and pancakesand that one person can make a difference! Overall rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
It was a cute book, targetted towards younger readers -- easier to read, shorter, simpler, with kids being the main characters, but had most of the elements that you would expect from Hiaasen (no R-rated activities - including gross violence). I read it in less than a day, and enjoyed it.
At first Roy thinks that the new costuction for the new Mother Paula pancake house is going to be good But when he figures out what there building on and distroying he takes a stand along with a girl at school and here runnaway step brother.
Officer Delinko is a cop he whats to move up in his career he takes a job at a new site building a mother paula pancake house.
Can they save the poor owls? Or will it be to late.
With black paint alligaters and cute little owls a cop and some kids can make a funny laugh