Title: Hoot Author: Carl Hiaasen
Rating: 🍩 (44/50)
Age range: 4th-6th grade
Roy Eberhardt is used to the new-kid drill. His family has moved all over, and Florida bullies (or goons, as Roy likes to call them) are pretty much like the bullies everywhere. But Roy finds himself oddly indebted to the hulking Dana Matherson. If Dana hadn’t been mashing his face into the school bus window, (How do people get away with these types of things? I can’t stand bullies! ☹️ #injustice) he may have never seen the running boy. And the running boy is the first interesting thing he’s seen in Florida.
He was running away from the school bus. He had no books, no backpacks, and no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy’s trail. The chase will introduce him tom some intriguing Florida creatures: potty-trained alligators, a power-hungry pancake PR man, innocent burrowing owls, a fake-fart champion, a renegade eco-avenger, and several highly poisonous snakes with unusually sparkling tails.
Life in Florida is looking up.
Thoughts (for when you’re done reading, contains spoilers)
I couldn’t put this book down and thought it was an intriguing read!
My favorite part was when everyone stood up for the owls. It was really inspiring! Think of it: everyone joining together to support a cause they believe in. So inspiring! However, I also liked it when readers were introduced to Beatrice Leep. Even in the first paragraph I admired her persistence. She literally went up to Roy and demanded why he had been so careless to almost knock her over during the fight with Dana Matherosn. As a character, she immediately displayed her characteristics and strong personality. Later in the book, we see that Beatrice is a loving and protective older sister that is willing to go any means to help her brother. (Just in case you couldn’t tell, I though she was a pretty great character too.)
My other favorite character would be “Mullet Fingers”. He’s a resourceful and smart Floridan wilderness survivor and a snake wrangler. Could you have a better combination? I don’t think so. But of course, there’s more to the beloved Mullet Fingers than that; he’s determined. To me, it seemed like Mullet Fingers would do anything for the owls. He cares about the enviroment and his friends. You go Mullet! Speaking of which, I kind of like how the readers never go to know Mullet Fingers real name. Carl Hiaasen probably did that on purpose to keep the reader hanging.
I thought that Dana Matherson, Chuck Muckle, (Public Representative for Mother Paula’s Pancakes) and Beatrice Leep’s evil stepmother were horrible people. But not horrible characters. They made the story exciting and gave me a reason to keep on reading (like how all villains in books do) Like it said in the summary, if Dana hadn’t been mashing his face against the window, Roy may never have seen the running boy. So in the case, he was a pivotal character.
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