Hoot

  • by Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by Chad Lowe
  • 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Roy Eberhardt has recently, and unhappily, arrived in Florida. "Disney World is an armpit," he states flatly, "compared to Montana."Roy's family moves a lot, so he's used to the new-kid drill. Florida bullies are pretty much like bullies everywhere. But Roy finds himself oddly indebted to the hulking Dana Matherson. 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 the first interesting thing Roy's seen in Florida.
The boy was about Roy's age, but he was running away from the school bus. He had no books, no backpack, and, here's the odd part, no shoes.
Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy's trail. The chase will introduce him to some other intriguing Floridian creatures: potty-trained alligators, a beleaguered construction foreman, some burrowing owls, a fake-fart champion, a renegade eco-avenger, some slippery fish, a sinister pancake PR man, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparking tails.
Life in Florida is looking up.
Hoot is a 2003 Newbery Medal Honor Book.

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What the Critics Say



Newbery Honor Book, 2003
Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2003
"Quite a hoot indeed." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hiaasen has crafted a delicious screwball comedy for all ages, and Chad Lowe's performance is a hoot." (AudioFile)

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Clever and surprising!

This is certainly the most purely entertaining book I have heard in a long time. The plot and characters are clever, interesting and, best of all, surprising. Along with an avenging, tire-biting girl soccer star and a runaway boy turned ecology defender, HOOT delivers a main character who has his own cunning way of dealing with bullies and school harassment. You will meet a scheming pancake house executive, a construction contractor under siege, a wonderfully vile bully, a B-movie actress/pancake house icon and some very tiny owls. Yes, it's mental and auditory bubble-gum, but it's great fun.
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- Native Texan

our favorite Carl Hiaasen kids' book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hoot?

Our favorite line: "Hello, Beatrice," on the bus. Listen for it.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

My 8-year-old son and I listen to audiobooks in the car. He frequently didn't want to stop listening to Hoot when we arrived at our destination or home. Breaking the book into parts built suspense and anticipation into the experience. As soon as we got in the car, I'd hear: "Hoot, please." And we'd pick up where we left off. By request, we've listened to it three times through. I don't mind because it's my favorite Carl Hiaasen kids' book, choosing from among Chomp, Scat, Flush, and Hoot, and I like all four books.


Any additional comments?

Highly recommend for all ages.

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- Elizabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2003
  • Publisher: Listening Library