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HootBy Carl Hiaasen
As the new kid in Coconut Grove, Roy Eberhardt becomes the target of the school bus bully, Dana Matherson. While Dana is busy taunting Roy, Roy hardly notices because he is fascinated by the boy he sees running barefoot in the blistering Floridian sun. His curiosity is sparked by this mysterious young man and Roy is determined to find out who this boy is and where he's going in such a hurry. Meanwhile, Mother Paula's Pancake House is ready to destroy a protected species' habitat in order to pave way for the 469th store. A series of suspicious pranks are pulled at the construction site in attempt to put an end to the construction, or at least postpone it. As Roy learns more about the running boy, he also learns more about the owls Mother Paula is putting in danger. Throughout the story Roy is faced with difficult situations in which he must act in a mature, responsible way while he stands up for what is right.
Author & You: What do you think Carl Hiaasen is trying to tell you about Officer Delinko when he lies about the snakes in the bucket?
Right There: Why did the Eberhardts move to Coconut Grove?
On My Own: What would you have done if you were Roy when he saw the dog bites on Mullet Fingers? Would you have agreed to let a friend use your name to protect their identity? Why or why not?
Think & Search: What did Roy tell his parents he was doing instead of telling them about his visits with Mullet Fingers?