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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  69,582 ratings  ·  3,232 reviews
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Carl Hiaasen, bestselling author of Basket Case and other hilarious Floridian capers, serves up a high-spirited fight for the environment in his first work aimed at younger audiences.

The site of Coconut Cove's future Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House is experiencing a slight problem: survey stakes removed, alligators in the port-a-potti
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Ember (first published 2002)
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Emma King It's worth it. In the beginning of the book it's a little slow but it gets better. Don't worry.

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I thought I was too old for Hoot's message but Carl Hiassen proved me wrong. Hoot, with it's wonderfully developed array of the most interesting characters I've seen since The Importance of Being Earnest, goes beyond the story of Roy Edberhart (if that's how you spell it), Mullet Fingers, and Beatrice Leep in their struggle against the building of a Mother Paula's Pancake house. Behind it's lighthearted and often joking facade the book is a window into the rapid destruction of Florida wildlife i ...more
I give thanks for authors like Carl Hiaasen who write stories that strengthen our youth's conscience and awareness of environmental matters. Hoot was Mr. Hiaasen's children's book debut, and although it appears targeted for the middle-grade children's crowd, I as an adult thoroughly enjoyed it. I must note though that I read this with my eleven year old and his enthusiasm was pretty contagious. He is slowly but surely devouring each of Mr. Hiaasen's novels so I decided to jump on the bandwagon a ...more
Bill Blume
The following review is by my son and padawan Liam:

I give HOOT 4 and a half stars. I liked how there was a mysterious running boy called "Mullet Fingers." I liked how Mullet Fingers and Beatrice are related. I likehowRoy tricked Dana into thinking there were cigarettes in a trailer and that he stepped in the mouse traps.

I disliked that the ending kind of left you hanging. I also didn't like that the story is called "Hoot" and you don't figure out the title until the very end.

I would definitely r
Oct 23, 2008 Jorge rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to everyone who like adventures with suspense like holes
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Albert Riehle
This book is extraordinarily okay. It pummels you with okayness. The characters? Okay. The plot? Okay. The humor? Okay. The writing? A-okay. Hiassen is masterful in the way he never goes astray, never veers into good, never dips into bad; it's a stunning, tour-de-force of okay. If you set out to write a book that was just okay enough to keep reading, but not so good that you actually started to like it, this would be it. It honestly couldn't have been more okay if it tried.

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This book shows care towards owls
A barefoot boy called by "Mullet Fingers" does as much as he can to be in decline of the mother Paula Pancake house construction. He knows about some little owls that live there and want them to be safe, since the building will cover their houses. Roy a boy that notices Mullet Fingers running one day in the street, starts getting filled with curiosity all related to the boy. With great imagery, the author clearly describes the child's point of view throughout the whole tail. This story is fille ...more
Mike French
I love Carl Hiaasen's YA novels and this one was TREMENDOUS! Takes place on the Left Coast of FL and has a great cast of characters to love and to dislike. I am an old fart(68),but I still enjoy a well written YA book and HOOT is definitely one!
i love this book, great 4 envirnment crazy ppl like me!
This book just kind of fell into my lap when a friend of mine gave it to me with a bunch of other books she was leaving behind as she was moving. All she told me was that it was cute, and as I do enjoy YA literature I thought I'd give it a try when I had a free evening. I was surprised to find it quite an engaging read. The plot was clever, the main characters believable, and I very much appreciated the message taught in the book...not so much the environmental message, which was fine, but the m ...more
Caroline O'Gorman
This past week I chose to re-read Hoot. I remember reading it in Middle School, and I liked it so much that I bought it. Although it is an quick read, the topic it touches on means alot to me. The tale of 3 kids trying to save an endangered species nests from being bulldozed over by a pancake corporation really makes me want to help out too. The story makes me more aware of the environment, and makes me question how many real life situations similar to this have occurred, and no one ever knew. I ...more
I think that this book was extremely good. I think this because the book ended with the three teenagers saving the owls and their environment. This book was about, this boy named Roy starting a new school. On his first day going on the school bus he noticed a boy running really fast (probably faster than the bus) barefooted and thats when he stated wondering thinks. Then this girl, realized that he was staring at the boy barefooted and told Roy to kept his mouth shut. The next day, Roy saw him ...more
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I tried to read this a couple years ago and was not into it at all. I kept on reading maybe thinking it was a slow beginning but it wasn't. The story was slow. Nothing really made me wanting to turn the page. I thought this could be a lot better.
Oct 29, 2011 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children in grades 5-7
Arguably, the best part of Hoot was that I read it in conjunction with my fifth-grade observation classroom. It was the focus of their first novel study of the school year. I enjoyed jumping into chapters with them each week, and it was interesting to see where in the narrative the teacher would pause and draw attention. I particularly adored when we did EEKK, so I could hear the young voices of the characters read by authentic young voices.

Hoot in itself was a solid book for the grade-level (5
Meh. That's not a descriptor I use very often in a book review, but it seems to fit here. Not bad - writing is lucid, characters are reasonably interesting, etc. But nothing special. To my eyes it's a fairly middle-of-the-road juvenile about a frankly overdone subject: evil national corporation intends to build a new franchise right on top of the nesting spot of some poor, happless, endangered - and, not coincidentally, cute - owls. Plucky Jr. highers fight to stop them. Yeah, I've heard this on ...more
Our son started to read this book, so I thought I would read it too so we could discuss it. He decided to abandon it and I was glad he did. I would not recommend this to anyone. One character vandalizes and sabotages the construction of a business. If you believe it shouldn't be built that is fine, but to celebrate a child or anyone who breaks the law to save the environment or animals is not right in my book. I looked at other children's books he has written and they seem to follow the same the ...more
Vishnu Brahmandam
One of the best books I've read as a child!
The movie was spectacular!
I absolutely loved this book!!! The characters are unforgettable and very likable. Also, every time Dana was in the lol lol
John Simpson
Hoot is about a boy named Roy who just moved to Florida and while on the bus he see a kid just running down the sidewalk. He finds and interest in the boy and tried too find him. Roy finds the boy and become friends and the boy tells Roy that a Mother Paulas pancake shop is going to be build on a bunch of little owls.

This book is a really good in pretty much all places. The things that Roy goes through are very interesting and change the way he things about moving to Florida which at first he di
Tanner Mannen
Book- Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

This book is a book that I will remember forever.

The book starts showing the main character and protagonist, Roy Eberhardt, a middle school student who is bullied by Dana Matherson. Dana is the biggest bully in their school, and picks on Roy nearly every day on the bus. One day, Roy sees a random boy running down the street, barefoot, and tries to go after him. "Roy knew the rules against fighting on the bus, but he couldn't think of anything else to do(Hoot, 14)". B
Lauren Stoolfire
Roy is new to Trace Middle School in Florida from Montana and he learns that bullies are the same everywhere. Dana Matherson is a huge bully on Roy's bus, but if it weren't for Dana beating him up Roy wouldn't have noticed the strange shoeless running boy outside. The running boy is the first interesting thing Roy's seen in Florida. As Roy sets out to figure out what's going on with this boy, he finds himself caught right in the middle of a chain restaurant construction site, some burrowing owls ...more
I cannot believe the librarian recommended the book for 4th & 5th graders. There is swearing in it, and tons of bullying. The boy is practically strangled by another boy, who he then punches, breaks his nose, and runs away. The mother scolds him, but the boy can see in his father's eyes, he is proud of him. I did not finish the book. Too many instances of things I don't want my kids reading.
I’ve always enjoyed reading Carl Hiassin; most of his novels are mystery stories with very quirky characters, couched in a deep concern for the Florida ecosystem. When I agreed to give away 20 copies of this book for World Book Night, I figured it was about time to read it; on Playaway with Chad Lowe as narrator.

This is a YA book aimed at middle-schoolers, tells of Roy Eberhardt, a transplant from Montana to Coconut Cove, Florida, so as the “new kid” in school, he’s a misfit and hates Florida. G
In the book Hoot by Carl Hiaasen a young boy named Roy Eberhardt has recently moved to Florida accustomed to being the new kid after having moved from several places he is use to watching things and keeping his head down. When he observes a barefoot boy running through a neighborhood, he finds himself compelled to follow the boy and later to ally himself with the strange boy called Mullet Fingers to try and save a group of owls. Meanwhile the not so smart but hard working Officer Delinko finds h ...more
Vinuoc C.
I began reading this book because of the good reviews I had heard about it, and decided to pick it off the bookshelf in my ELA classroom. I am glad to say that the book was even better than I expected it to be.

What captivated me the most about the book was the determination and dedication of the characters. Mullet Fingers' dedication to the burrowing owls at the worksite of a pancake store was especially shown when he protested in a rather extreme manner. He snuck into the worksite at night, hid
Funny. Silly. This is not brilliant writing, but that's a good thing. Hiaasen makes good points, some good jokes (and some cheesy ones, too), and provides a lot of fun with some serious environmentalism, and we know we need both. Good read.
Jonathan M.
I was browsing again through Ms. Paese's library after reading Omnivore's Dilemma I need to find a book to help me through the week. This book with interesting eyes and a equilateral triangle that's upside down. I think it was an owl. So it interested me and I decided to sign it out. One thing that failed to impress me was there were no actual information on the hooting owls situated on the construction site. One thing that did impress me was the plot because it progressed from a boy investigati ...more
Nate Carson
Hoot is a very interesting novel that I didn't really enjoyed reading. The book is about a boy named Roy who finds out that a boy named Mullet Fingers is trying to save buried owls from the Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House Corporation where there are building the place. Roy and Mullet fingers try to stop this evil corporation from killing the owls, and they succeed. The overall plot of the book was a little strange and I felt myself reading it as a burden. Although the book wasn't very ...more
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live in southern Florida.
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“Sometimes you're going to be faced with situations where the line isn't clear between what's right and what's wrong.Your heart will tell you to do one thing and your brain will tell you to do something different. In the end, all that's left is to look at both sides and go with your best judgment.” 78 likes
“Roy remembered the time he and his father had a talk about fighting. 'It's important to stand up for what's right,' Mr. Eberhardt had said, 'but sometimes there's a fine line between courage and stupidity.” 26 likes
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