The best book I have ever read was Scat, by Carl Hiaasen. The book is about a kid who lives in Florida who adores panthers and has always lived to see one. A kid in his class, Duane Scrod jr. Got into a fight with the meanest teacher in the school, Mrs. Starch. Mrs. Starch takes the kids to Black Water Swamp for a field trip. Duane doesn’t show up. And a forest fire starts. Mrs. Starch goes missing after going back in to get a girl’s inhaler. Nick and Marta (main characters), go to her house to figure out where she might have gone.