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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  15,022 Ratings  ·  1,889 Reviews
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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Bennyboy63 ditto lucy. it's a great book, the age range is about 9+
Ople Murphy Well, um....... I'm gonna say that these books are pretty close to Scat: Flush: by Carl Hiaasen, Hoot: by Carl Hiaasen, Skink no surrender: by Carl…moreWell, um....... I'm gonna say that these books are pretty close to Scat: Flush: by Carl Hiaasen, Hoot: by Carl Hiaasen, Skink no surrender: by Carl Hiaasen, Chomp: by Carl Hiassen, and The island trilogy: by Gordon Korman.(less)

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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
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.
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:
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
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live in southern Florida.
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“Jimmy Lee Baylis was a wise man, and knew better than to talk back to the man who signed his paycheck.” 10 likes
“The first thing that the boy called Smoke told Nick Waters was: “Your biology book’s in my locker. The combination is 5-3-5.” And the second thing he said was: “I didn’t do that fire, man. I’m innocent.” 3 likes
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