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Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
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Mar 19, 12

Read from March 13 to 19, 2012

I read Native Girl (adult Carl Hiaasen) and loved it. Hiassen's gift is the ability to put outrageous characters in outrageous situations and yet make the character, their actions and the situations all believable. He also creates an undertone of humor and lightheartedness - while dealing with some tough subjects e.g. murder, abuse, betrayal. His first kids book Hoot, was a Newbery winner and made into a popular movie. In Chomp, his soon to be released kids book, Hiassen doesn't disappoint. for starters the main character, a teen boy named Wahoo (not after the fish but a wrestler), is the son of a real Florida animal wrangler with a pet alligator called Alice and 9foot Burmese python named Beulah. The father/wrangler is recovering from a concussion he received when (after the unusual freeze of last winter - a frozen dead 3 foot iguana falls out of a tree and hits him on the head. He keeps the story appropriate without talking down to readers. As an adult, I loved it.
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