BOOK NAME: Hoot
AUTHOR: Carl Hiaasen
I just finished the book Hoot. It’s by Carl Hiaasen. It is one of the best books I have read this year. It’s about a middle-school kid named Roy. He is the “new kid” at school, so the bully, Dana, picks on him all the time. One day on the bus, Dana digs his fingers into Roy’s temples and makes him look out of the window. Roy sees a tan, blond-haired kid running past the bus stop who is not wearing any shoes. Roy wonders why he is not getting on the school bus.
When Roy sees the same kid the next day, he runs off the bus to chase him. While he’s trying to catch the kid, Roy knocks down a girl named Beatrice who is the running kid’s stepsister. The running kid has found out that there is going to be a pancake house in an empty lot where there are owl dens. He has many different ways to keep the owls from being bulldozed. The pancake company says that there are no owls and that they are wild chickens, how bizarre! Though those “wild chickens” definitely look like owls.
So Roy gets involved with the running kid, whose nickname is “Mullet Fingers” and his owl plan. “Mullet Fingers” plan is to try and save the owls. He even gets poisonous snakes involved! If you want to know how, read the story. “Mullet Fingers” is called that because he can catch a mullet (a type of very fast fish) with just his bare hands. Roy also has to deal with Dana and he finds out things about Beatrice’s life. Dana tries to strangle Roy, punch him and kick him, but things turn out good for Roy (Read the book!!!). Beatrice’s stepmom is really mean to Beatrice. She yells at her all the time and doesn’t care for her. “Mullet Fingers” doesn’t even live with his mom; He ran away and never came back.
I loved this book! I liked how Roy actually cared about the owls instead of just doing nothing. I also liked how the author didn’t just pay attention to the owls. He made chapters just about Roy, too. I would recommend this book. I think anybody would like it because it’s not just about a girl or just about a guy. It’s about a girl and a guy, and owls.