Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

From Amazon

Roy Eberhardt is recently arrived in Florida. ‘Disney World is an armpit compared to Montana’, he announces. Roy’s family moves a lot so he’s used to the new-kid drill – and to bullies like Dana Matherson. And anyway, it’s because of Dana that Roy gets to see the mysterious running boy – who runs away from the school bus and who has no books, no backpack and, most oddly, no shoes.

Sensing a mystery Roy starts to trail the mystery runner – a chase that will introduce him to many weird Floridian creatures: potty-trained alligators, some cute burrowing owls, a fake-fart champion, a sinister pancake PR man and some snakes with sparkly tails…Suddenly life in Florida is looking up!

My thoughts

7/10 from me.

A lovely little story set in America. A story with a moral at it's heart. How can the little man beat the big Corporations?

Roy is a young lad whose family is constantly on the move. He's always the new kid in the School and is often a target for the bullies. Life in his new town is no different to the norm. Whilst trying to avoid a bully he spots a boy running with no shoes on, away from the school bus. Who is the boy? What is he running from? Why isn't he going to school?

Roy takes it upon himself to follow the running boy and find out some of the answers to his questions. What he doesn't expect to do, is become involved in what the running boy is doing. Between them a plan is hatched that will hopefully see the little man beat the big Corporation.

I was sent this book to read by a friend, it's not one that I would have picked up myself as I don't read a lot of childrens books. Having said that though it's not a bad read at all.

The writing style is easy to read and the characters are developed enough for a child, but I think us Adults expect more and in that respect it was perhaps a little lacking.

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