Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Scat

Hiaasen, Carl.  Scat.  NY: Knopf Books for Young Readers, c2009.  384 pages.

In typical Carl Hiaasen fashion, this book takes place in Florida where Hiaasen lives, and he keeps his humorous manner of writing.  Nick and Marta are in a biology class taught by Mrs. Bunny Starch.  When they go on a field trip into the swamp, the trip is cut short by the smell of smoke and an emergency evacuation because of a wild fire.  Mrs. Starch goes back to get a lost asthma inhaler and disappears.  Nick and Marta try to figure out what happened to her and find themselves in danger.  They meet up with an unusual character, and find out that their main suspect is not what they expected.

Hiaasen feels strongly about the environment, and Florida has a unique one.  His books often have some environmental issue at stake, so even while you're laughing, you can't escape the moral point.

This book was on the Iowa Teen Award reading list for 2010-2011.

Recommended for 7th and above.  Review by Mrs. Belknap

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