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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  99,719 ratings  ·  5,030 reviews
Librarian note: This book has been published multiple times under this ISBN, in various years and by various publishers/imprints. These include: Ember, 2020; Ember, 2011; Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.

The site of Coconut Cove's future Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House is experiencing a slight problem: survey stakes removed, alligators in the port-a-potties, and painted-ove
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Paperback, 292 pages
Published (first published September 10th 2002)
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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.

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Gorfo
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer
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
Montzalee Wittmann
Hoot by Carl Hiaasenis a coming of age story that I adored. It has everything a kid could relate to -bullies, not fitting in, wanting to help, a noble cause, friendship, and family. The best part was the cute owls and the way the author brought the wonderful characters to life! I understand it is a movie! I will have to see it now. It may have been a preteen book but I enjoyed every moment!
Matthew
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. ...more
Bill Blume
Jul 03, 2012 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
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James
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book shows care towards owls
Jorge
Sep 21, 2008 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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Angie Miles
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used to absolutely love Carl Hiaasen’s book as a kid, and they were part of my love for the environment growing up. This book is so incredibly heartwarming, especially the end scene when they all hold hands and protect the owl burrows, and it really made me nostalgic for when I first read this book in elementary school. I really love this book, I think it has such a great message, and I’m excited to reread his other children’s books!
Mike French
Jan 26, 2015 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! ...more
The Dusty Jacket
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-winners
It’s tough always being “the new kid”. It’s even tougher when there is a bully involved, but the day that Dana Matherson mashed Roy Eberhardt’s face against the school bus window was perhaps the greatest stroke of luck since Alexander Graham Bell spilled acid on his leg. For it was at that exact moment that Roy saw the mysterious running boy bolting past the bus. He was wearing no shoes and carrying no backpack or books. What was he running from? Where was he going? And why wasn’t he wearing any ...more
Madi
Apr 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love this book, great 4 envirnment crazy ppl like me!
Marielle
Dec 09, 2008 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
Karene
Sep 08, 2008 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
Pop
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not what you expect from Carl Hiaasen. None of his usual cast of characters. Maybe written for young teens but nevertheless well done. I have to say I enjoyed it. No vulgarity, sex and no one got put six feet under. Just plain old good stuff.
Gail Murray
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
Great for those who enjoy a bit of a mix of mystery & menace, and like the underdogs to win! When a young man seeks to protect an endangered owl habitat, his actions effect an entire community in hilarious ways.

Great for ages 8-adults...adults like me who like to finish a few books in a day or 2 in order to move on to the next great piece of writing.
Courtnie
I started a new project where I am reading some of the middle grade/young adult books sitting around the house that my boys own and haven't read. I am hoping I can encourage them to work the way through our every growing TBR Mountain themselves. The problem with this plan is becoming more prevalent however, I'm finding I don't actually enjoy them all that much myself.
I thought this book was very, just, fine.
There's a bully and a mysterious kid and an unlikely friendships - I'm beginning to thin
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KaleidoscopicCasey
*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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Annette
Nov 06, 2009 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
Kim
Jan 28, 2014 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
Wing Kee
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laugh out loud and endearing little tale.

World: I love Hiassen and this is my first time reading his young adult books and I was surprised that we still get the weird and surreal setting that is Florida for this book. It’s over the top the bad are really bad, the good are really good and the strange are just really strange, I like it. I love how his world is a bit twisted and out of focus and makes for such a lush playground for the story to play out in. This is familiar territory for Hiaasen as
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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. ...more
Sarah Hadd
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I love owls, and I love middle grade books that inspire, and although I’ve only read a few of his books, I am a fan of Carl Hiaasen, too. A winning combination, and I’m excited to be sharing it with a few of my students for their Battle of the Books competitions.
Megan Bogert
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another audiobook checked off the list. I much preferred reading this myself to listening to it, but the kids loved it and immediately wanted to watch the movie. Their take? The book was better!
Nina
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's no wonder many like #Hoot and the reviews in Goodreads are mostly positive. Animal lovers surely will love this book.
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Hoot began when Roy Eberhardt saw a barefoot boy running fast past the bus stop. Roy was curious because the boy didn't go to any school. Through Beatrice, a tall girl who played soccer, Roy knew about the boy, who was called Mullet Fingers. He's an animal charmer who wanted to prank Mother's Paula pancake people out of town. Apparently the building site endangered the cute
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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
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As I found this book entertaining for a younger audience it was still an enjoyable story. I quite liked how one kid changed the mind of others by showing them the wrong others were doing and did his best to protect the owls that a major company was ignoring because they wanted to build and didn't care what the cost was as long as they got the land. It was a powerful message being told here. ...more
Nate
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First OBOB read for the 2018 season, and this is a great start. Hoot is a fast, funny read with elements of mystery and action thrown in. The message is spot-on with empowering kids to make changes by making the right choices and taking stands. This isn't sugar coated either as not every issue can so easily be resolved. Great OBOB choice and fun for the whole family. ...more
Kyle G.
Dec 06, 2016 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.
Trixuew Tr
Mar 26, 2017 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
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he joined the Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter and went on to work for the newspaper’s weekly magazine and prize-winning investigations team. As a journalist and author, Carl has spent most of his life advocating for the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family live in southern ...more

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