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Bestselling author and columnist Carl Hiaasen returns with another hysterical mystery for kids set in Florida's Everglades.

Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, is missing. She disappeared after a school field trip to Black Vine Swamp. And, to be honest, the kids in her class are relieved.

But when the principal tries to tell the students that Mrs. Starch has
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jennifer
Carl Hiaasen's books for young readers remain some of my son's personal favorites, so I am slowly but surely getting through them myself. I love how Mr. Hiaasen brings awareness of preventable man-made environmental concerns to our up-and-coming generation. He empowers his young readers with the perspective that adults are not beyond accountability and it is up to all of us to protect our earth and its vulnerable inhabitants.

Scat is a young-reader mystery with a strong dose of action and humor.
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Kylisha
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just think your my age and you and your class goes on a fieldtrip to a river and a something strange breaks out and u have no idea what to do and don’t forget your just 12-13.And that strange thing was a fire broke out and something even worse happens a student has been separated from the class. What would you do? And Ms. Starch is a ghastly teacher. All of the other kids loathe when she doesn’t return from a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp, questions arise. Is she really dealing with a “fami ...more
Jessaka
I was looking for a light read, a young adult mystery story. I should have picked up one of my Nancy Drew or Hardy Boy books, but hey, this book was under $2 on kindle, and kindle is easier for me to read. Also I liked how it was described: “Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, is missing. She disappeared after a school field trip to Black Vine Swamp. And, to be honest, the kids in her class are relieved.”

My first thoughts when listening to her bullying Duane, a young boy in her c
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The Captain
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! This was another audiobook that I picked up because of a cat on the cover.

I am so glad I did. Nick and Marta are in a biology class taught by the dreaded Bunny Starch. She is feared by students and teachers alike. The class goes on a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp. A fire breaks out and the kids are evacuated but Bunny Starch doesn’t come out. Who started the fire? Where is their teacher? Is she dead or alive? Nick and Marta have to find out or an innocent student might
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Cessey Kamateh
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Carl Hiaasen Is A Great Author I if You Like Hoot Or Flush You Would Love This, This Book Is Great For Young & Older People. The Scene Is Florida (Like Always); The Characters Are Nick, Mrs.Strach, and Willy & Smoke etc. The Story Is Adventures. At The Beginning You Might THINK You Know The Ending But You Are Going To Be Shocked At The Ending Like I Was. The Ending Is Always Great. Hope You Take My Advice And READ SCAT c:
Shelbie
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Imagine you're about 12-13 years old going on a field trip to a swamp with a scary teacher that no one really likes when a fire breaks out and she goes missing... Would you try and figure out what happened? Well two of her students, Marta and Nick, start to get curious about the whole situation and go to their teachers house. Once they get there, they break in and get caught by a man named Twilly.
They end up going threw alot for their teacher, and while all of this is happening some rich greed
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Abbie
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Carl Hiaasen has written another good environmental book. My only complaint is that it every book seems to follow the same pattern. The main character is some kid who accidentally gets involved in some issue and helps another person whose idea of saving the environment is pulling pranks on those who are committing environmental crime. This person is always elusive, dangerous and never wants credit. It was pretty good in general though.
Liza Fireman
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
My daughter and I read this book together. It was funny, suspenseful, we laughed and hoped and worried. It is so great to find a good mystery book for her age group. Not too scary, not too childish, that's a tough area to hit successfully.

One of the best characters is Ms. Starch, the horrible teacher that everyone hates (that reminds each of us at least one teacher that we knew). The students have many speculations and myths about her, and some are even true. When she disappears in the Black Vin
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Courtney Tyler
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Imagine you are on a field trip and you are having a great time, but all of the sudden you hear shots and a loud screeching that pierces your ear. A massive wildfire breaks out. While everyone is loading back onto the buses, your teacher goes back into the swamp to get a student's inhaler, not knowing that she wouldn't be coming out? This was happening to Nick Waters, a student from Truman School. He was already having trouble at home, his father was in Iraq and he hadn't heard from him in a fe ...more
Monica Edinger
Nov 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed SCAT as I did the first two of Hiassen's kid books and I'm sure kids are going to enjoy it too. Florida, school story, spunky kids, endangered animals (even more, a baby endangered animal), creepy bad guys who deserve all they get, moving parents --- a very nice package indeed.

I'm a fan of Hiaasen's adult books and feel he is now getting more and more into the groove of writing for children as distinct from writing for adults. I liked FLUSH better than HOOT and like SCAT about the sam
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Shavon Shuler
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
it all started out when a boy named nick waters goes on a field trip. on the field trip he go to the black vine swamp he hopes to see a panthern.once ariving all the sudden the class heres a big bang and a ear pounding shreek. after things possibly couldnt get any worse a tragic fire consumes the once quiet swamp.the tromitized class scerries tords the bus witch seemed the safest place on earth at the the moment.then a dimwitted girl leaves her inhailer in the swamp...mrs.starch goes in the blis ...more
Alison Strandell
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
SCAT: Leaving, going away... also a name for panther poop?! I really liked this novel. It is a mystery that doesn't fully come together until the very last page. The setting is a Florida swamp, with non-stop action featuring the nature abusers versus the nature lovers. There are all sorts of interesting characters, ranging from senile teachers to a corrupt wannabe cowboy to a wealthy grandmother and even an Iraq War veteran. Carl Hiaasen writes with humor and wit, and I am definitely a new fan o ...more
Dalia M.
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This adventurous story begins with these three students Nick, Marta, and the talented Duane Scrod JR. Well one day there teacher, Ms. Starch, had a plan to go to a field trip where they would go the Black Vine Swamp. They were having an awesome time until a fire started and they had to go to school for safety. They were heading towards the bus but this girl lost her inhaler in the swamp. Ms.Starch bravely went to go get it...but she never came back. Nick was trying to find out what happened to M ...more
Maricka
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love this book! Scat is a mixture of a mystery and envriomental book. You'll get so caught in the book, you might want to read it again!! My class read it and they were really interested. Carl went all the way out again with the disappearing of the teacher and making everybody accusing a dangerous little boy. I recemmed this book to the fans of Carl Hiaasen. Peace, love and happiness from Maricka ...more
Mike French
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable and entertaining YA BOOK BY Carl Hiaasen. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages. In this book the students of Truman School are on a mission to reunite a panther cub with its mother. I also recommend MANGO GLADES BY Bill H Myers. It also deals with the very endangered species-Florida Panthers.
Donna LaValley
I will never pass up a Carl Hiaasen book, no matter who the intended audience is. The first young adult book of his that I read, HOOT, was just that: a hoot. In it, kids expose a corrupt business that is about to destroy the habitat of adorable burrowing owls. It is hilarious, informative, and unforgettable.

Scat follows the same formula, adding a cartoonish teacher (Mrs. Starch) who is nevertheless a unique character. Lessons learned include: people who appear to be one thing, are often discove
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Cheryl
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
I am really loving these eco-warrior stories. This one more youth-oriented, as the main characters are school-age.

Reuniting an endangered panther and her baby in the depths of Florida while inadvertently exposing illegal oil drilling is the main story, but many tributaries flow from that, including a not-so-bad boy gone good, a not-so-mean teacher gone soft, and a ultra-rich swamp dweller who keeps an exceptionally low profile.

Good, clean fun.
Kris
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Carl Hiassen. I lived in South Florida for several years and fell in love with his world. He is gifted at creating colorful casts of characters, from the greedy real estate and oil tycoons to the idealists who use guerilla tactics to save the environment.

He gives is his usual cast of fantastic characters, such as a teacher who wears a tuxedo with a yellow bow-tie and teaches science based on the page number and not the content. Duane Scrod Sr. uses needle nose pliers to attack
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Ermelinda Mansaku
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy and a girl who goes on a search to find their missing biology teacher. With the help of their quiet, but weird friend and a stranger, they were able to end the quest once and for all.

Nick and Marta and the rest of their classmates were on a field trip to a swamp called the Black Vine Swamp. But all of a sudden, a fire started and the whole class started to flee on the bus like a swarm of bees! Everyone but one person got on the bus. And that one person went to retrieve
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McKayla Storey
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was interesting. This book is about these two children that have a science teacher, her name is Mrs. Starch. They went on a field trip at the Black Vine Swamp, and they went with Mrs. Starch and they left without her. She was still at the Black Vine Swamp, she didn't leave with them. Then it goes back to where Nick's dad was in Iraq and he came back home, because he got burned up and he broke his arm. He wanted to get home to his wife and kids, so he escaped from the hos ...more
April Mojica
It all happened the day Mrs. Starch vanished. That day was when all her students went quiet in astonishment, just because of a bitten pencil, that’s when everything went wrong. The next day was the field trip, that’s when flashes of heat where burning up and everybody got out except one very important person. Everybody kept searching for her, but nobody could find her, some people said she was dead some said she had a family emergency, but nobody really knew. There would be only two kids on the ...more
Colleen Mulrooney
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
We listened to this as a book on tape while driving back North from vacation. We all LOVED it!!! No one spoke for hours! Ed Asner is amazing reading with so many different voices. Carl has hit another home run with this latest.
Nick Geiser
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book's story didn't exactly spike my interest. I found that the only reason I kept reading it was because I was almost done. It is disappointing compared to the other books written by Carl Hiaasen. ...more
Wing Kee
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favourite of the YA book from Hiaasen.

World: The world building once again is pure Hiaasen and all the pieces are here once again: corrupt company polluting Florida, quirky characters that fight against it, strange people in power that are not all they seem. This is the ingredients that Hiaasen has been using for his soups and each time something slightly different and magical comes out and this is the case here. The world is wonderful with the focus on school life, bullying and also
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Victor The Reader
Scat: My Kindle Review

A longer story than “Hoot” and “Flush”, we follow two kids on a wild mystery when their not so likable teacher goes missing after a field trip goes awry and many surprising turns come their way, including a wild panther. It didn’t really pull me in like Hiaasen’s other two YA novels and while this mystery does grow kinda cold at times, it still excites me when we see the bad guys get caught, or clawed in this case. B+ (83%/Very Good)
Andrew Hartman
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nick has it hard his dad was in the militar and got blown up but he survived but lost an arm than nick decided to tie his left arm behind his back and then goes on a mission with marta and eventually need to undo his hand. Later mis Starch is lost in the forest and smoke is with her but he is helping her and it is drake mcbride.
Stella7B
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book! When Mrs. Starch, the most intimidating teacher in school, goes missing during a field trip in the Everglades swamp, a mystery unfolds. Many characters are involved, such as Twilly, Duane, Nick, Marta, and more. I loved this book because it was the perfect combination of mystery and a little of humor. This is the first Carl Hiaasen book I've read, and I can't wait to read more!
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Stella
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Scat is a fun and entertaining book, with a hint of mystery. The story has a bird eyes view of two different scenarios that inter mix in the middle of the story. Nick is a teenage boy that attends The Truman School, a private school. One of his classmates, Duane also known as Smoke, is an ex- arsonist, who is pressed charges against once again, for a crime, that he did not commit. Nick being like the others is not particularly fond of Smoke, but he trusts his gut, coming to the conclusion that S ...more
Jesse Brangenberg
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
All the students at Truman School fear Mrs. Starch, she’s strict, mean and intimidating. No one would dare to challenge her, no one except Duane Scrod Jr. (also known as Smoke). Duane is a troubled kid, an outsider by choice. He has a reputation for setting fires on public property, hence the nickname Smoke. One day during Mrs. Starch’s biology class, Duane and the teacher butt heads. And the next day, Duane doesn’t show up for the class field trip to the Black Vine Swamp.



While touring the swamp
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Arminzerella
Nick and Marta’s biology class’ field trip to a local swamp/nature reserve is cut short when a brush fire breaks out. Their tyrannical biology teacher, Mrs. Starch re-enters the conflagration to find one of her students’ medication, and doesn’t come out again. When authorities learn that Duane Scrod (‘Smoke’), one of her students, threatened her and has a history of committing acts of arson, they try to pick him up for questioning, but he’s missing, too. Nick and Marta decide to find out what’s ...more
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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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