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Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site in this Newbery Honor book and the first children's book by New York Times bestselling author Hiaasen.

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ISBN 9780756929619
Barcode 9780756929619
Published 1 May 2004 by Perfection Learning
Format Library Binding
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Author(s) By Hiaasen, Carl
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ISBN-13 9780756929619
ISBN-10 075692961X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Perfection Learning
Imprint Perfection Learning
Publication Date 1 May 2004
Publication Country United States United States
Format Library Binding
Author(s) By Hiaasen, Carl
Category Animal Stories
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Crime & Mystery
Number of Pages 292
Dimensions Width: 139mm
Height: 200mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 308g
Interest Age 9-12 years
Reading Age 9-12 years
Library of Congress Florida, Environmental protection, Burrowing owl, Owls
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code Not specified

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

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 <p> From the Hardcover edition.

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