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Scat by Carl Hiaasen
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Feb 19, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: i-own, humorous
Read in September, 2009

Mrs. Starch is the most feared teacher at Truman School. When Mrs. Starch mysteriously disappears on a class field trip to a nature preserve, Nick and Marta become suspicious about a classmate’s involvement. The suspected student, Smoke, argued with the Mrs. Starch just days before the trip, leading everyone to believe that he was involved. What follows is a “whodunit” that reveals there’s more to this story than just a simple case of a missing person. Nick and Marta uncover a deeper story about a shady wannabe Texas oilman and his intentions for the swamp.
I am a big, big fan of Hiaasen's work, both adult and teen. His quirky characters are wonderful to read about and there is a clear line between the good and the bad. As with his adult novels, his "bad guys" are usually messing with the ecology of Florida, putting building and development above the endangered flora and fauna of the region. This time we encounter the elusive Florida panther, considered endangered since 1967. If this book does nothing else, this book will make you laugh as the insanity surmounts.

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