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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  9,708 ratings  ·  1,419 reviews
Bestselling author and columnist Carl Hiaasen returns with another hysterical mystery for kids set in Florida's Everglades.

Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, is missing. She disappeared after a school field trip to Black Vine Swamp. And, to be honest, the kids in her class are relieved.

But when the principal tries to tell the students that Mrs. Starch has...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Kylisha
Just think your my age and you and your class goes on a fieldtrip to a river and a something strange breaks out and u have no idea what to do and don’t forget your just 12-13.And that strange thing was a fire broke out and something even worse happens a student has been separated from the class. What would you do? And Ms. Starch is a ghastly teacher. All of the other kids loathe when she doesn’t return from a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp, questions arise. Is she really dealing with a “fami...more
Abbie
Carl Hiaasen has written another good environmental book. My only complaint is that it every book seems to follow the same pattern. The main character is some kid who accidentally gets involved in some issue and helps another person whose idea of saving the environment is pulling pranks on those who are committing environmental crime. This person is always elusive, dangerous and never wants credit. It was pretty good in general though.
Cessey Kamateh
Carl Hiaasen Is A Great Author I if You Like Hoot Or Flush You Would Love This, This Book Is Great For Young & Older People. The Scene Is Florida (Like Always); The Characters Are Nick, Mrs.Strach, and Willy & Smoke etc. The Story Is Adventures. At The Beginning You Might THINK You Know The Ending But You Are Going To Be Shocked At The Ending Like I Was. The Ending Is Always Great. Hope You Take My Advice And READ SCAT c:
Shelbie
Imagine you're about 12-13 years old going on a field trip to a swamp with a scary teacher that no one really likes when a fire breaks out and she goes missing... Would you try and figure out what happened? Well two of her students, Marta and Nick, start to get curious about the whole situation and go to their teachers house. Once they get there, they break in and get caught by a man named Twilly.
They end up going threw alot for their teacher, and while all of this is happening some rich greed...more
Courtney Tyler
Imagine you are on a field trip and you are having a great time, but all of the sudden you hear shots and a loud screeching that pierces your ear. A massive wildfire breaks out. While everyone is loading back onto the buses, your teacher goes back into the swamp to get a student's inhaler, not knowing that she wouldn't be coming out? This was happening to Nick Waters, a student from Truman School. He was already having trouble at home, his father was in Iraq and he hadn't heard from him in a fe...more
Monica Edinger
I enjoyed SCAT as I did the first two of Hiassen's kid books and I'm sure kids are going to enjoy it too. Florida, school story, spunky kids, endangered animals (even more, a baby endangered animal), creepy bad guys who deserve all they get, moving parents --- a very nice package indeed.

I'm a fan of Hiaasen's adult books and feel he is now getting more and more into the groove of writing for children as distinct from writing for adults. I liked FLUSH better than HOOT and like SCAT about the sam...more
Shavon Shuler
it all started out when a boy named nick waters goes on a field trip. on the field trip he go to the black vine swamp he hopes to see a panthern.once ariving all the sudden the class heres a big bang and a ear pounding shreek. after things possibly couldnt get any worse a tragic fire consumes the once quiet swamp.the tromitized class scerries tords the bus witch seemed the safest place on earth at the the moment.then a dimwitted girl leaves her inhailer in the swamp...mrs.starch goes in the blis...more
Dalia M.
This adventurous story begins with these three students Nick, Marta, and the talented Duane Scrod JR. Well one day there teacher, Ms. Starch, had a plan to go to a field trip where they would go the Black Vine Swamp. They were having an awesome time until a fire started and they had to go to school for safety. They were heading towards the bus but this girl lost her inhaler in the swamp. Ms.Starch bravely went to go get it...but she never came back. Nick was trying to find out what happened to M...more
Maricka
I love this book! Scat is a mixture of a mystery and envriomental book. You'll get so caught in the book, you might want to read it again!! My class read it and they were really interested. Carl went all the way out again with the disappearing of the teacher and making everybody accusing a dangerous little boy. I recemmed this book to the fans of Carl Hiaasen. Peace, love and happiness from Maricka
Ermelinda Mansaku
This book is about a boy and a girl who goes on a search to find their missing biology teacher. With the help of their quiet, but weird friend and a stranger, they were able to end the quest once and for all.

Nick and Marta and the rest of their classmates were on a field trip to a swamp called the Black Vine Swamp. But all of a sudden, a fire started and the whole class started to flee on the bus like a swarm of bees! Everyone but one person got on the bus. And that one person went to retrieve...more
McKayla Storey
I thought that this book was interesting. This book is about these two children that have a science teacher, her name is Mrs. Starch. They went on a field trip at the Black Vine Swamp, and they went with Mrs. Starch and they left without her. She was still at the Black Vine Swamp, she didn't leave with them. Then it goes back to where Nick's dad was in Iraq and he came back home, because he got burned up and he broke his arm. He wanted to get home to his wife and kids, so he escaped from the hos...more
April Mojica
It all happened the day Mrs. Starch vanished. That day was when all her students went quiet in astonishment, just because of a bitten pencil, that’s when everything went wrong. The next day was the field trip, that’s when flashes of heat where burning up and everybody got out except one very important person. Everybody kept searching for her, but nobody could find her, some people said she was dead some said she had a family emergency, but nobody really knew. There would be only two kids on the...more
Colleen
We listened to this as a book on tape while driving back North from vacation. We all LOVED it!!! No one spoke for hours! Ed Asner is amazing reading with so many different voices. Carl has hit another home run with this latest.
Arminzerella
Nick and Marta’s biology class’ field trip to a local swamp/nature reserve is cut short when a brush fire breaks out. Their tyrannical biology teacher, Mrs. Starch re-enters the conflagration to find one of her students’ medication, and doesn’t come out again. When authorities learn that Duane Scrod (‘Smoke’), one of her students, threatened her and has a history of committing acts of arson, they try to pick him up for questioning, but he’s missing, too. Nick and Marta decide to find out what’s...more
Kris
I am a huge fan of Carl Hiassen. I lived in South Florida for several years and fell in love with his world. He is gifted at creating colorful casts of characters, from the greedy real estate and oil tycoons to the idealists who use guerilla tactics to save the environment.

He gives is his usual cast of fantastic characters, such as a teacher who wears a tuxedo with a yellow bow-tie and teaches science based on the page number and not the content. Duane Scrod Sr. uses needle nose pliers to attack...more
Jesse Brangenberg
All the students at Truman School fear Mrs. Starch, she’s strict, mean and intimidating. No one would dare to challenge her, no one except Duane Scrod Jr. (also known as Smoke). Duane is a troubled kid, an outsider by choice. He has a reputation for setting fires on public property, hence the nickname Smoke. One day during Mrs. Starch’s biology class, Duane and the teacher butt heads. And the next day, Duane doesn’t show up for the class field trip to the Black Vine Swamp.



While touring the swamp...more
Alicia Gomez
Hi my name is Alicia Gomez. I am a student at Two Rivers Middle School.My class was assigned to read the book Scat. I think the book Scat is a marvelous book. It is a very environmental book. The book starts out with kids in a classroom. Nick a character that was surpender. Smoke a character you wouldn't expect much from. Last, but not least Marta , she is a character that isn't really enthusiastic about getting introuble. This story is based on a boy named Smoke he has a history of getting intr...more
Nashante :) Parham
Close your eyes and imagine you're in the woods and knowing nothing could go wrong, because you’re on a field trip with your wicked teacher who got her whole pencil gobbled down by the most known trouble maker "smoke" aka: Duane S. Jr.But that all changes when you see a panther scroll pass you and a shot of scarce and the heat of India. A fire comes your frozen in time as your fellow classmates and friends run for their life’s your still as to hear you other teachers saying GO!, as they head fo...more
Briana Dubose
Scat is a very good book! If this is your first time, you’re going to enjoy it! There are about 4 main characters. There is Nick, Duane Jr., Twilly, and Mrs. Starch. Nick is the boy that is trying to figure out what’s going on. Duane Jr. is the trouble maker. Twilly is the adventurous, wildlife person, and Mrs. Starch is the teacher that no one likes and goes missing. Nick and Marta and other students go on a school fieldtrip to the swamp. A fire takes over and while all the students are exiting...more
Kate Coombs
Whenever I'm tempted to give an imperfect book less than 5 stars, I remember I should be grading on a curve--after all, I've only read a handful of "perfect" books! And Scat, with its minor imperfections, is still fantastic compared to most children's adventure books out there.

This is Hiassen's third book for children, and I thought it read a little more YA than the first two. (If you've read any of the author's anarchical, comical books for grown-ups, you know he has to pull his punches when wr...more
Jonah Freeman
Bunny Starch is a feared biology teacher at Truman School. Students cringe when they are called upon in class and she’s always serious. When Duane doesn’t know the answer she forces him to write an essay, but he responds that she’ll be sorry and eats her pencil. The biology classes visit Black Vine Swamp in Florida’s Everglades for a field trip, but then Mrs. Starch disappears. Many students are relieved that their dreaded teacher is gone, but students become concerned that Duane’s threat may ma...more
Geraldo Hernandez
Scat lets just say it was a pretty good book!!! Scat is about this boy named, Nick who is on a mission with his friend named, Marta to find his teacher, Ms.Starch. I don’t think they know what they are in for but I can’t give out too much. Nick also has another life other than helping his teacher and the environment. His dad is in Iraq fighting for our country, when Nick gets some good news and bad. It’s pretty shocking what Nick goes through. So that’s the good review the bad thing what I reall...more
Cameron
It all starts out with a normal boy in middle school.Whos life is sudenly changed on a field trip to the black vine swamp.When they go on the field trip they suddenly hear a gun shot then an ear piercing scream.After what ever it was the kids started to smell smoke.Then one of the teachers was informed that there was a fire in the swamp.The kids started to get out of the woods and when they finally reached the bus one of the kids forgot her inhaler.So there teacher Mrs.starch went back to get th...more
Jaquan
Okay, so imagine you’re on a field trip and a fire starts. What would you do? Of course run, wrong you get in a single file line and get back on the bus. Then you figure out your teacher is missing. So you look out the window and see her going back to find the inhaler and she got lost then they had to leave because it was getting late. Here’s the said part if you’re dad went to Iraq what would you think what would happen… Nick waters dad came back with something gone. Nick did something that mad...more
Briana Nichole Tink Kelley
Scat was a pretty good book. Here’s a little about the book before you decide to purchase it.

Nick's VERY MEAN biology teacher *Mrs.Starch* punish a student *Smoke* by embarrassing him in front of the class. The next day, after a class trip to the swamp that ends when a fire mysteriously appear, Mrs.Starch disappears. Smoke, who has been known to set fires a lot, he is the prime suspect in this crime, but when the police go to find and arrest him, he takes off and disappears as well. Meanwhile an...more
Rireion
to be honest it was actually good , and it taught me a leason to care for the enivronment and the surroundings around me.and goes around comes back around because of drake mcbride , jimmy lee bayliss,of what they did and they both got in trouble for it.and ms.starch, twilly,dwayne jr.,nick and marta really did the best they could and took alot of sacrifices, but thats what you do when you really care for something and want it done and changed.my whole class loved the book,some of the people in...more
Fallon
Amazing book!!!!!!!

I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to everyone!!!!!!!!
:D

I loved all the characters, and I knew the locations so it made me feel good. XD
I loved Nick. He was such a great character and I felt bad for him more than once. ;P
I think by far the best character was Twilly Spree. He was so cool!!!!!

I don't want to give anything away, so just read it. ;)
Jailyn Burton
The book Scat was great!scat is mainly about Nick & Martha are on a quest to find Mrs.Starch after shes gone missing during a school field trip with a forest fire.They find Mrs.Starch & on the way they learn a little bit about nature.
Martha N
I started reading this book thinking it was good but then it ruined my life.
CARL REALLY NEEDS TO GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!
NEVER READ IT
Kelly
Summary: Nick and Marta—not to mention everyone else at school—hate their biology teacher, Mrs. Starch. But when Mrs. Starch disappears during a school field trip and nobody seems all that concerned, Nick and Marta realize it’s up to them to find her.

Review: I liked Hoot and Flush, but I never really got into Hiaasen’s latest middle-grade novel. It could be that I’m getting pickier as I refine my YA-wannabe reading skills.

Things I didn’t like:

* Flat characters—Nick never came to life for me, an...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 southern Florida.
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“Jimmy Lee Baylis was a wise man, and knew better than to talk back to the man who signed his paycheck.” 6 likes
“The first thing that the boy called Smoke told Nick Waters was: “Your biology book’s in my locker. The combination is 5-3-5.” And the second thing he said was: “I didn’t do that fire, man. I’m innocent.” 0 likes
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