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Contributor(s): Hiaasen, Carl

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ISBN: 0375834877     ISBN-13: 9780375834875
Publisher: Ember
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2010

Annotation: Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Teachers; Fiction.
Missing persons; Fiction.
Wilderness areas; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2010010966
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.65 lbs) 371 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 127433
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 12.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q45731
Reading Level: 5.4   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 19.0
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Contributor Bio(s): 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.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #1)
Ever on the lookout for a fast buck, rapscallions Drake McBride and Jimmy Lee Bayliss have bought land in the Everglades. They plan to dig a pirate oil well on the next lot (which just happens to be the Big Cypress Preserve, but why sweat the small stuff?); run a secret pipe underground to their plot; and siphon off enough crude oil to con the government into purchasing oil and mineral rights. There's only one small problem: a Florida panther, the state's most endangered species, inhabits the area and if discovered will threaten the entire project. McBride and Bayliss try to keep a profile "lower than a rattlesnake's belly," but a couple of all-around good teenagers, an adolescent misfit attuned to nature, a crafty codger, and a demanding science teacher have gotten a whiff not only of the panther's scat but also of the swindle that is vintage Hiaasen. Don't expect any environmental preaching here, although a few science facts cleverly sneak into the story; instead, count on a page-turner that issues its own low-key call of the wild. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2008 October #4)

Hiaasen reprises Hoot with a panther in the owl role, an oil company as the villain and a rich renegade named Twilly Spree as the outlaw environmentalist determined to save Florida from developers. The kid hero is Nick Waters, saintly son of a minor league pitching coach who joined the National Guard to augment a meager salary, wound up in Iraq and has come back badly injured. Nick's ample worries multiply after his science teacher disappears while on a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp. When Nick goes to the aid of a classmate suspected of involvement in the teacher's disappearance, he stumbles onto dangerous facts about the swamp: an endangered Florida panther has taken up residence, and an oil company has begun an illegal drilling operation. Nick is way too good to be true—he's more the son every parent dreams of—but Hiaasen's smooth writing, whacked-out humor and highly entertaining cast of oddball characters keep the plot clipping along. The achievement is in the underlying earnestness—formulaic or not, the story will move readers, and any kid who loved Hoot will like this. Ages 10–up. (Jan.)

[Page 55]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 January)

Gr 5–8—Once again, Hiaasen has written an edge-of-the-seat eco-thriller. When their unpopular biology teacher goes missing in a suspicious fire during a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp, Nick and Marta don't buy the headmaster's excuse for her absence and decide to do some investigating of their own. Eco-avengers; an endangered, hunted panther; illegal pipelines in the Everglades; and an underachieving student with the nickname "Smoke" all play a part in this gripping novel. From the first sentence, readers will be hooked. The teens' dangerous detective work, with help from some unlikely sources, and the ethics of environmental awareness are well balanced. The emotion and personal changes that Nick goes through due to his father's injury in Iraq are on their own a worthy study of the struggles that military families are facing today. This well-written and smoothly plotted story, with fully realized characters, will certainly appeal to mystery lovers.—Dylan Thomarie, Johnstown High School, NY

[Page 104]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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