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Author: Carl Hiaasen
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 thoug...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780375841859
ISBN-10: 0375841857
Publication Date: 8/14/2007
Pages: 272
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 66 ratings
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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esjro avatar reviewed Flush on + 725 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This was the first Carl Hiaasen book I read, so perhaps starting with one of his books geared towards young people was an odd choice. I enjoyed this book immensely, and often laughed out loud while reading it.

Noah Underwood's father often does wacky things because of his passionate concern for the environment and the human and animal inhabitants of Florida. When he discovers that the local floating casino is dumping raw sewage into local waters he goes to far in his protests and lands himself in jail. Despite a threatened hunger strike and please to the media, Mr. Underwood is not believed and instead is made out by the press to be a looney. Noah's mother is losing patience with her husband, and when Noah's sister Abbey overhears her using the d-word on the phone the siblings realize that the only way to save their family is to prove that their father's allegations of illegal dumping are true.

Hiaasen's protagonist is witty and the rest of his family is delightfully quirky. This book has a lot to offer both adults and bright young readers.
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Helpful Score: 2
My 12 year old daughter had to read this for school and loved it. Since she had to write a report, I decided to read it too and thoroughly enjoyed it myself. It has suspense and some great lessons. Highly recommended.
thepurpleprint avatar reviewed Flush on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Another great book by Hiaasen that focuses on enviromental issues and conservation. For the most part appropriate for elementary readers 4th-6th, but there is a dash of colorful language. This book also brings up the issue of a family member being in jail, as well as divorce.
tracey13 avatar reviewed Flush on + 309 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Fun story about serious issue of pollution in Florida keys. One man just won't stand by and let injustice pass unchecked, much to the dismay of his family.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a great read. I tried to extend the enjoyment by only reading one chapter at a time each night. Some nights, that just wouldn't do and even if my husband and I were both tired, we kept at it. Good quantity of teenage humor, family dysfunction, passionately modeling values and balancing that with managing every day life. It was sweet and we laughed out loud.
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Funny, wise and food for thought - who needs more in a book?
ophelia99 avatar reviewed Flush on + 2527 more book reviews
I read Hoot by Hiaasen and absolutely loved it, so I was excited to continue on with Hiaasen's middle grade series and read this book. I didn't like Flush quite as much as Hoot, there just wasn't as much mystery. That being said it was still a very good and entertaining book; it touches heavily on environmentalism, corrupt business practice, and family issues.

Noah Underwood's father has sunk a gambling ship and been thrown in jail. Noah's dad is positive that the gambling ship is emptying sewage into the ocean. It is up to Noah and his sister Abbey, to prove their father's allegations, to help get him out of jail. With Noah's dad's history of taking extreme action against people who commit environmental crimes, things are also becoming stressful on Noah's parents' marriage. Now it isn't only getting his dad out of jail that is the problem, but trying to keep his parents together. Noah and Abbey set a trap to catch the owner of the gambling ship in the act, but they are in more danger than they originally thought.

This was a well done book; it is well-written, easy to read, and moves along at a good clip. I love how Noah's family deals with things and how the theme of environmentalism dominates the story. I think people of all ages can enjoy this book. It is witty and well thought out.

Noah learns a lot about corruption and environmentalism throughout the book. Some of the crazy characters involved keep the book fun. It was never boring and never slowed down. As I mentioned, I did enjoy Hoot a bit more. Hoot had a lot more mystery to it and was more suspenseful than Flush.

Overall, another great eco-thriller from Hiaasen. I am looking forward to reading Scat too. Everyone will find something to love in this book it is engaging, discusses some good issues, and is very entertaining. Appropriate for all ages; although younger kids will have trouble grasping the complexity of the corrupted business practices that are discussed.

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