Book: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Reviewer: Anton, Grade 7
Hoot is a 2002 Realistic Fiction young-adult novel by Carl Hiaasen. The setting takes place in Florida, where new arrival Roy makes two oddball friends and a bad enemy, and joins an effort to stop construction of a pancake house which would destroy a colony of burrowing owls who live on the site. The book won a Newbery Honor award in 2003. (Plot)The main character Roy Eberhardt moves to Florida and into the town of Coconut Cove where his classmate Dana Matherson starts to bully him. On the bus to school, Roy sees a boy running barefoot outside. Roy tries to leave the bus, but Dana chokes and strangles him. He escapes after punching Dana in the face, breaking his nose, and then exiting the bus. But Roy can’t catch the running boy because a golf ball hits Roy in the head. The school suspends him from the bus for two weeks and orders Roy to write an apology to Dana. Roy calls for a truce, but Dana refuses. I absolutely love and recommend this book to pre teens. I rate this book a 4/5 because it gives you new perspectives and emotions of the story because the book it told by several people.
A fictional restaurant called Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House decides to build a franchise in Coconut Cove, but vandalism delays the work. Roy learns the running boy is the vandal known as “Mullet Fingers”, and they become friends. Mullet Fingers vandalizes and delays construction to save an endangered species—the burrowing owl—that live on the site