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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  64,771 ratings  ·  2,974 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
Hardcover, 304 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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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
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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i love this book, great 4 envirnment crazy ppl like me!
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
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
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?
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
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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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
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’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
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.
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.
It's a quick read. Childrens' book author I believe. Entertaining for when you don't want to think too much.
A young adolescent boy named Roy Eberhardt moves from Montana to Coconut Cove, Florida, not wanting to leave his home in back in Montana. Roy goes through all kinds of hardships including the school bully, Dana Matherson. One day on the bus, he sees a kid running in bare feet and frantically wants to step out of the bus, but he can’t because Dana is choking Roy so he punches Dana in the nose and breaks his nose. Now Dana has a grudge for Roy. He meets Mullet Fingers and the kid doesn’t want him ...more
This book is one of the best books I've read. It is about this kid named Roy who is new to this school and is constantly getting attacked by their schools big bully. One day when he was getting attacked he spotted this weird running boy who he started chasing after and found out he was called "mullet finger" Following Mullet finger and from Dana, the school bullies attacks Roy also met this girl named beatrice who is Mullet Fingers stepsister and stronger then Dana which can help roy fend him of ...more
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Audio book read by Chad Lowe

Hiaasen turns his imaginative talent to writing children’s literature.

Roy Eberhardt has moved with his family from Montana to Florida. His dad’s job makes the family move frequently, so he’s used to the new-kid routine; school bullies are pretty much the same wherever you are. In fact, he owes a debt of gratitude to Dana Matherson, because if Dana hadn’t attacked Roy on the school bus, Roy never would have seen the running boy. And that’s the first interesting
Esmeralda R.
Would you chase after a kid you dont even know just because you were curious? Would you do illegal things just to stand up for something you believe in or you want to advocate for? In the book Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, all this and more is done by a new kid named Roy Eberhardt.
Roy has just moved to Florida with his mother and father.He gets bullied all the time, but one bully actually helps him out while beating him up on the bus. Life in Florida has been very boring for Roy, and as a bully smashe
Deroo Vasghanian
The story "Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen is a very unique tale about a boy named Roy that is determined to protect a group of birds along with his friends. As silly as that sounds, that's the basic premise of this story. There's a flock of endangered owls that are going to have to leave their habitat because some rich guy named Chuck Muckle is planning on building a restaurant in that area. Now, me being a guy that reads action-adventure stories, it took me a while to get adjusted to this novel. It star ...more
I heard this book was going to be a good read, but I am very disappointed. I finished it over the 4 day break and I could not wait to finish it because I was not enjoying it! The rising action of the story was way too long and I was pretty bored. I would NOT recommend to anyone who likes to read fast, or likes to figure out books quickly. I think this book had a good message about standing up for what you believe in, and I think that's important. However, I really wish it was not so annoying to ...more
Taishu Tozawa
I read this book HOOT by Carl Hiaasen. this book is abut 1boy roy is move the florida and he get Trouble. andThere are many that do not know the meaning or has entered into an alligator in the toilet or bullied by Dana Roy. My favorite part is Where Mallet Fingers appears. because was surprised because. Mallet Fingers did not wear clothes even socks and shoes in tatters "this character or come in and". and I have one more favorite part. my favorite is Where we have the following strange incident ...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.” 64 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.” 23 likes
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