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Hoot: Reviewed

Author:Carl Hiaasen
Reading Level (Conceptual):Children 8 and up
Reading Level (Vocabulary):Children 8 and up
Year of publication:2002

Smoothly written story of a young man whose family relocates to Florida. He becomes involved with two other teens attempting to save a colony of burrowing owls whose nesting area is threatened by hard-hearted developers.

My then-10 year old loved this story so much that she insisted we go see the movie as a family. Which turned into a nine hour ordeal, long story, but the movie was/is not playing in many places. The book is much, much better than the movie. Perhaps that's not saying much, though ...

Cute animals. Attractive sun-tanned children stand up to bullies and developers. And in the end, everyone except those Heartless Developers does The Right Thing. What's not to love?

My reservations about this book probably say more about my curmudgeonly self than they do about the book .... I think that it is often the case that just because someone stands up for what's right, that does not mean that they will prevail.

In this book, right makes might. Is that what we want our children to believe?

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