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3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  72,952 Ratings  ·  3,464 Reviews
Unfortunately, Roy’s first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, if Dana hadn’t been sinking his thumbs into Roy’s temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is intriguing: he was running away from the school bus, carried no books, and–here’s the odd part ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Yearling (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.
Hailey yes there is a movie, though it isn't as good as the book, they skip a lot and even some characters.
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Jun 16, 2011 Gorfo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
About what you would expect from a cheesy, feel-good YA novel. I probably would have rated it higher if I was a teen (some YA translates well to adults, not really so much here). But, it wasn't bad and I can definitely see myself recommending it to my kids when they are teenagers.
Bill Blume
Jul 06, 2012 Bill Blume rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-by-my-kids
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
Casey ~Kaleidoscopic Killer of the Deep~
*Read as a read aloud to my son so rating is based primarily on the opinion of a six year old.*

I read this with my oldest tiny person and it is now his favorite book ever. Although it breaks my heart a small amount that Hoot has usurped Matilda for the top spot, I have to admit, this was the perfect story my son.

Hoot is set in a small town in Florida and it about being the new kid, making new friends, addressing a school bully, environmental concerns, and how it only takes one person to stand u
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.

Would I recommend it?
Oct 23, 2008 Jorge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to everyone who like adventures with suspense like holes
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Mar 13, 2009 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book shows care towards owls
Dec 18, 2008 Marielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2015 Mike French rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Apr 13, 2008 Madi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love this book, great 4 envirnment crazy ppl like me!
Sep 08, 2008 Karene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2014 Miriah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Feb 27, 2014 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 03, 2013 Allyce_tomlinson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 liked it  ·  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
Nov 06, 2009 Annette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth
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
Apr 10, 2014 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 23, 2015 Lottie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: laugh-out-loud
I absolutely loved this book!!! The characters are unforgettable and very likable. Also, every time Dana was in the lol lol
John Simpson
Oct 30, 2015 John Simpson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2016 Dyooma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not entirely sure why I bought this book. It was clearly aimed for young readers but I couldn't help wanting to read it

First of all, its not a bad book. Its not a great book either. Personally, I would gave it 3.5/5 stars.

One of the strong point of this book are the main character, Roy. He's not your typical new kid who are too weak and whiny to face the bullies. I love how he choose to talk to Dana about his bullying and try to make Dana understand that bullying could not give any benefits
Tanner Mannen
Jun 06, 2014 Tanner Mannen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2016 Lolo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of my favorite books of all time!
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

My experience reading Hoot by Carl Hiaasen was a fairly good one. By already have experienced the movie in advance, it set my path towards what to expect. But overall it was a good book and I enjoyed it. The beginning sparked my curiosity to find some of the plot and see if it was the same. Also, to figure out if the character, the boy without shoes was still running and catching Roy's interest.
"You bury those birds, "Mullet Fingers said, "you gotta bury me, too." (Hiaasen 267).
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Jun 11, 2015 Corrin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: previewed
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.
Apr 18, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.” 87 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.” 27 likes
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