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3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  81,258 Ratings  ·  3,911 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
ebook, 202 pages
Published September 10th 2002 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (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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Jun 06, 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.
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?
Bill Blume
Jul 03, 2012 Bill Blume rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 like how Roy 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
Sep 21, 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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Mike French
Jan 26, 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!
Mar 13, 2009 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book shows care towards owls
Dec 09, 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
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
Nick Geiser
I found the book entertaining, but due to the genre it just wasn't an amazing book. I found it tolerable and one of the best realistic fiction books I have read, but it is still realistic fiction.
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
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.
Kyle G.
Dec 06, 2016 Kyle G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I read it last year and like it so I read it again, and I liked it the same.
Mar 26, 2017 Trixie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't like this book since I first read it in 6 grade, now I still don't :p
The plot is not interesting so I only get to finish half of the book
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
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Dec 12, 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
Feb 23, 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.
Aug 18, 2010 Tom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
We started this and after I had to censor some of the language we decided this is not what I need to be reading to a 6-year old.
Jan 29, 2017 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was fun. It's pretty clear it's a YA book and I do enjoy the ones more where that isn't so clear, but there's nothing really wrong with that and it's still well written. Also, I did find myself muttering: "I like you, Stuart. You aren't like the other people here in the trailer park."
John Lauricella
Sep 17, 2016 John Lauricella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the story of a boy, named Roy, trying to stand up for the home of some very small owls. Roy stands up against the building of the new pancake house on the home of these owls. This was a great read. It was full of action and exciting moments. I loved the description the author used throughout the whole story. It really pictured the town in Florida, Roy lived in. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves realistic fiction and really, for anyone who loves to read.
Sep 30, 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
Oct 11, 2016 Blake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great book. I reccomend this book to people who like mystery books and the reason I liked this book was because it was very interesting and did not take a while to get into. The thing I did not like was how it was leaving you on a cliffhanger. The main character was Sam and he did not like the bully on his bus and the girl named beatrice was also kind of being a big jerk too. He sees a random homeless kid on the street and got out and started chasing him then he meets him. Then h ...more
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
Jan 28, 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
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.
Oct 23, 2013 D.C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really not classic Newbery material, but good material nonetheless. The humor may be a little immature, and the environmentalist message caused me to roll my eyes, but overall not a bad read if dry humor is what you're after.
Mar 25, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, audible, k, j, c, summer-2016
Finally finished this one- witty mystery for the kids.
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. 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.” 93 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.” 28 likes
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