Book Review: Hoot

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For my second book this term, I read Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. It is another young adult, mystery with 292 pages. I gave this book a 6/10.
It’s about a boy named Roy, who moves to some city in Florida. He’s on the bus looking out the window when he spots a kid running through people’s backyards to get to the forest. He makes a friend who is related with the boy Roy saw earlier. Beatrice, (the girl) takes Roy to the boy’s camp to find out what he was doing. Turns out, he was trying to save some burrowing owls who inherit part of the forest where there was going to be a new pancake house built killing the owls that live there.

I liked the rivalry of Roy and the boy, always making funny jokes about each other and how they became friends in the end. The author made different twists that made you think: is this book going to have a happy ending? I hate the movie they made; I watched it, it was terrible. I hated the boy too. He was always making sassy comments every time Roy had a good idea. I recommend this book to people like me – obsessed with this author, likes mysteries.

Deep Thinker

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Flush: by Carl Hiaasen; I forgot the page number.

“There it was: Mom’s suitcase. This meant mom was really serious about leaving dad!”
After Noah’s dad was arrested, Noah’s mom was thinking about divorce or leaving and never coming back. I chose this sentence because, it was the only thing “deep thinker material” and it made me feel like divorce is not fun. It made me think: Gosh, that’s awful! I hope I’ll never be a parent that always get’s arrested for sinking boats and getting speeding tickets and getting detained because my wife might mention divorce and leave me and take the kids. I like it because, I can look back on this book when I’m an adult and treat my family with love and fairness. And to never break the law because it may affect my family too.

Word Nerds 3

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Word: unorthodox
Book: Squirm, by Carl Hiaasen, page 27
“That’s a bit unorthodox.”
Def: contrary to what is usual, traditional, or accepted; not orthodox.
In my words: kids that eat glue (emos)

Word Nerds 2

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Word: Poised
Found: Squirm, by Carl Hiaasen, page 19: I feel poised in my ability to keep my cool!
Definition: Having a composed and self-assured manner. In my words: Confident, cocky.
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Word Nerd

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Word Nerd

The word: Snarky

Found in: Flush, by Carl Hiaasen on page 136:  You don’t have to make a SNARKY comment every time we mention dad!
Definition: (of a person, words, or a mood) sharply critical; cutting; snide. In my words: teenage white girl.

Book review

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This term I have read: Flush, by Carl Hiaasen. It is another mystery book based in Florida Keys with 263 pages. I give this book 7/10.

The plot:
Noah, a young adult, his dad was arrested for sinking The Coral Queen, a gambling boat for gambling. Noah’s dad believed they were dumping pollution into the basin. Noah wants to get his father out of jail and catch Dusty Muleman (owner of boat) in the act. Noah visits his father in prison and tells Noah to go see a man named Lice Peeking and trade him his father’s skiff. In return, Lice Peeking will testify in Noah’s dad’s trial. When Noah visit’s Lice Peeking’s trailer, his wife claims he was kidnapped.

What I liked about Flush:
I liked the plot and how it all turns around in the end. Just when they thought they were in the clear, Noah’s dad is framed again.

What I disliked about Flush: I didn’t like when Noah and his sister got stranded, that really stressed me out. And I didn’t like how their father magically knew  where they were when they got stranded. I also didn’t like the mom, she just make snarky remarks all the time. But you really can’t blame her to be honest, her husband got arrested, she’s dealing with the news, she’s got to feed the kids.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes puzzles or mysteries. People that enjoy young adult novels would like this book. I know I do

Best Book I’ve Ever Read

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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.

What’s with Stories?

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Humans have always been reading or telling stories ever since we can remember. People have been writing stories to entertain everyone who listens/reads to get money, attention, affection, vanity, money, etc. Or if they are humble, they’d write books only to entertain, I dunno. Stories are important because we can keep track of history and create more stories out of them. Which means: more money, more money, more vanity, more fame, more mansions you don’t use or need, new expensive cars that kill the environment. I’m kidding. We use stories to shape our lives because they inspire us to be authors and create more stories, and more kids will be authors create more stories.