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Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
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Dec 27, 11

Read from December 02 to 27, 2011

"Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.

When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called "Expedition Survival!", Wahoo figures he'll have to do a bit of wrangling himself—to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show's boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger seems to actually believe his PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tuna—a girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man and needs a place to hide out.

They've only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna's dad shows up with a gun . . .

It's anyone's guess who will actually survive "Expedition Survival". . . ." www.amazon.com

Roger says: It was a decent book but some things were out of order. Wahoo's dad gets a job to train animals to act like wild animals for a TV show and them he gets a job to actually go catch wild animals for the show. They go to Wal-mart to buy supplies and they found a girl from Wahoo's school living in the parking lot.

Mom says: Written like a typical Hiaasen book. The cover is colorful and grabs kids attention. The story has enough going on to keep the kids reading but not to much as to overwhelm the reader. The mom in this story is overseas for work during this time leaving Wahoo with his dad. In need of a job he accepts one with a reality show. The shows star Derek Badger is full of himself and thinks he can do more than he really can.

This is one to get when it is released March 27, 2012
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