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Roy Eberhardt never wanted to move to Florida. In his opinion, Disney World is an armpit. Roy’s family moves around a lot so he’s used to the new-kid drill – he’s also used to bullies like Dana Matherson. And anyway, it’s because of Dana that Roy gets to see the mysterious running boy who runs away from the school bus and who has no books, no backpack and, most bizarrely, no shoes.

Sensing a mystery, Roy starts to trail the mystery runner – a chase that will introduce him to many weird Floridian creatures: potty-trained alligators, cute burrowing owls, a fake-fart champion, a shoeless eco-warrior, a sinister pancake PR man, new friends and some snakes with sparkly tails. As the plot thickens, Roy and his friends realise it’s up to them to save the endangered owls from the evil Mother Paula’s pancake company who are planning to build a new restaurant on their home . . .


by Carl Hiaasen


  • Recommended class reader for grades 4 – 6
  • English Home Language & First Additional Language
  • ISBN: 9781529020854

Hilarious, touching and thought-provoking, Hoot is a modern classic, now celebrating its fifteenth anniversary.
Winner of the Newbery Honor award and a New York Times bestseller, Carl Hiaasen’s first novel celebrates the natural world with his trademark wit and warmth.


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Review of Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.


Hoot by Carl Hiaasen is a children’s novel that tells the story of a young boy named Roy Eberhardt who moves to Florida and discovers an endangered population of burrowing owls on land that is being developed for a new pancake house. The book is set in Florida and is full of the state’s unique and colorful characters, from the eccentric environmental activists to the shady land developers.

One of the strengths of the book is its ability to convey important environmental and conservation themes in a way that is both entertaining and accessible to children. The book encourages young readers to think critically about the impact of development on the natural world and the importance of protecting endangered species.

The book is also full of humor and wit, which makes it an enjoyable read for children and adults alike. The author’s writing style is engaging and the characters are well-developed and relatable. Roy, the protagonist, is a likable and relatable character who is trying to navigate the challenges of fitting in at a new school and dealing with difficult family dynamics.

The book also deals with themes of friendship, family, and growing up. Roy makes friends with a misfit named Beatrice, and together they work to save the owls and uncover the truth about the development project. Through their friendship, Roy learns about the importance of standing up for what is right and the power of teamwork.

Overall, Hoot is a well-written and entertaining book that is suitable for children of all ages. It is a great way to introduce young readers to important environmental and conservation themes, while also providing an enjoyable reading experience. It is a book that will make you laugh, cry, and think.

In conclusion, Hoot is a must-read for children who love adventure, humor and environmental conservation. The book is full of action, suspense, and humor, making it a great choice for children who love a good mystery. It is a great way to introduce children to the importance of protecting endangered species and preserving the natural environment

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen is a children’s novel that is suitable for young readers between the ages of 8 and 12.


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