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Hoot (Newbery Honor Book)

  Author(s) & Illustrator(s): Carl Hiaasen

  Edition: Paperback -- Plot Summary and Book Review

Hoot (Paperback)    

  • "Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen is a Newbery Honor award-winning realistic fiction book for young adults. The main character of "Hoot" is Roy Eberhardt, a middle school student who has just moved to Florida from Montana. Being a new kid on the block, Roy becomes a victim of a school bully named Dana Matherson. While riding on the school bus, Roy spots a kid running barefoot and carrying no books. Later on, Roy makes friends with the homeless boy nicknamed Mullet Fingers, who is on an ecological mission to protect rare and endangered burrowing owls at the future construction site of Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House. With the aid of Mullet Fingers' stepsister Beatrice, Roy outwits the bully, helps the boy save the owls and warms up to life in Florida. Also featured in Hoot are a few adult characters, such as the construction foreman Leroy "Curly" Branitt and the ambitious police officer Delinko, who are both up in arms against the pranks. While sending a message about environmental protection, "Hoot" is an interesting and entertaining story to read. "Hoot" is a good book for teens in 7th grade and up.
  • Reading Level: young adult
  • Paperback, 304 pages
  • ISBN: 0375829164
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction
  • Book Themes: Animals, Environmental Protection, School life

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