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New to Florida, Roy spots the running boy--running away from the school bus, carrying no books and wearing no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy's trail, which leads him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, and a renegade eco-avenger.

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ISBN 9780375821813
Barcode 9780375821813
Published 1 December 2002 by Random House
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Hiaasen, Carl
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ISBN-13 9780375821813
ISBN-10 0375821813
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House USA Children's Books
Publication Date 1 December 2002
International Publication Date 10 September 2002
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Hiaasen, Carl
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Crime & Mystery
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 149mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 467g
Interest Age 9-12 years
Reading Age 9-12 years
Library of Congress Florida, Environmental protection, Burrowing owl, Owls
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 432204

Description of this Book

Unfortunately, Roy's first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, if Dana hadn't been sinking his thumbs into Roy's temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is intriguing: he was running away from the school bus, carried no books, and -- here's the odd part -- wore no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy's trail. The chase introduces him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparkling tails. Roy has most definitely arrived in Carl Hiaasen's Florida.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Bookseller's Choice (Middle Readers) 2003 -- Winner of Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize (Children's) 2003 -- Winner of Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Grades 6-8) 2004 -- Winner of Golden Archer Award (Middle/Junior High) 2007 -- Commended for Newbery Medal (Children's) 2003
NZ Review It seems unlikely that the master of noir-tinged, surrealistic black humor would write a novel for young readers. And yet, there has always been something delightfully juvenile about Hiaasen's imagination; beneath the bent cynicism lurks a distinctly 12-year-old cackle. In this thoroughly engaging tale of how middle schooler Roy Eberhardt, new kid in Coconut Cove, learns to love South Florida, Hiaasen lets his inner kid run rampant, both the subversive side that loves to see grown-ups make fools of themselves and the righteously indignant side, appalled at the mess being made of our planet. The story is full of offbeat humor, buffoonish yet charming supporting characters, and genuinely touching scenes of children enjoying the wildness of nature. He deserves a warm welcome into children's publishing. -- Booklist <br> A wonderful tour-de-force. -- The Boston Globe <br> A rollicking, righteous story. -- The Miami Herald <br> You don't have to be a young adult to enjoy it. -- The New York Times Book Review <br> Yes, it is a hoot. -- The Washington Post Book World

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Author's Bio

CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida. He writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels including Bad Monkey, Star Island, and Nautre Girl. His books for younger readers include the Newbery Honor winner Hoot, as well as Flush, Scat, and Chomp. Skink--No Surrender was Hiaasen's first book for teens and features one of his most iconic characters, the reclusive ex-governor of Florida now known as Skink. You can read more about Hiaasen's work at carlhiaasen.com.

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