Hoot (novel)

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Hoot
Hoot.png
Cover of Hoot
AuthorCarl Hiaasen
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreRealistic Fiction
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
Publication date
2002
Media typePrint
Pages292
ISBN0-330-41529-8
OCLC53393228
 
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Hoot
Hoot.png
Cover of Hoot
AuthorCarl Hiaasen
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreRealistic Fiction
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
Publication date
2002
Media typePrint
Pages292
ISBN0-330-41529-8
OCLC53393228

Hoot is a 2002 young-adult novel by Carl Hiaasen. The story takes place in Florida, where new arrival Roy makes a bad enemy and two oddball friends, and joins an effort to stop construction of a pancake house which would destroy a colony of burrowing owls who live on the site. The book won a Newbery Honor award in 2003.[1]

Plot[edit]

Roy Eberhardt has just moved to Florida in the town Coconut Cove. He immediately starts being bullied by Dana Matherson. One day on the school bus, Roy sees a boy running near the bus barefoot. He tries to get off the bus, but his bully Dana grabs him by the throat. Roy gets free by punching Dana in the nose, and breaking it, but cannot catch the running boy because he is hit in the head by a golf ball while trying to follow him. Roy was sent to the vice-principal's office and the vice-principal suspends Roy from the bus for two weeks and tells him to write an apology letter to Dana. He tries to call a truce with Dana, but Dana refuses.

Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House Corporation intends to build a pancake house in Coconut Cove. The bulldozers have already been parked on the construction site, but work is delayed over and over again because of bizarre but effective acts of vandalism that occur in the night. Roy learns this is the work of the running boy he only knows as "Mullet Fingers", whom he befriends (his step-sister happens to be Beatrice Leep who also befriends Roy). His motives for the vandalism are honorable; Mullet Fingers wants to save the endangered burrowing owls that live on the site from being killed when the bulldozing begins.

The construction foreman on the site denies the existence of the owls. Roy attempts to help Mullet Fingers prove the owls are on the site, including loaning him a digital camera. In his current events presentation, Roy tells his history class about the owls and how the pancake company will bury them, and encourages them to join him in protesting at the ground breaking the next day.

Roy and Beatrice and other students attend the ground breaking, where they expose the company's greed and dishonesty to the entire town. The young people succeed in exposing the illegal acts of those in power, including illegally removing an environmental impact statement from the official file. They save the birds and their habitat. The president of Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House blames former employees and promises to preserve the property as an owl sanctuary.

Mullet Fingers' mother sees him there protesting with Roy and Beatrice and takes him home telling reporters she loves him, which is a complete lie. In an effort to escape his family only two days later, he climbs out of a bathroom window with Beatrice's help and is accidentally mistaken for a burglar. When Mullet Fingers' mother spitefully tells the police that he stole a ring from her, he is sent to the same juvenile detention center as Dana. Mullet Fingers escapes the jail using Dana as a distraction. At the end, Roy discovers that Mullet Finger's real name is Napoleon Bridger.

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Publication history[edit]

Carl Hiaasen started writing children's books when he realized that the other novels that he had written were too adult for his nieces and nephews. In writing his first young adult novel, Hiaasen faced some challenges: "The biggest challenge was trying not to subconsciously 'write down' for young readers." Hiaasen said, "When I was creating the character in Hoot, I'm sure I stole liberally from my pre-adolescence."[6]

Themes[edit]

The themes in the novel are friendship, teamwork, growing up, corruption, parental love, environmentalism and integrity. The character goes through different adventures to get here.[7]

Adaptation[edit]

A film adaptation of the book was released in May 2006, starring Logan Lerman, Brie Larson, and Cody Linley.[8] Hiaasen and Wil Shriner, the director and script-writer, "fought long and hard to stay truthful to the book."[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "2003 Newbery Medal and Honor Books". Association for Library Service to Children. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Hiaasen, p. 39
  3. ^ Hiaasen, p. 14
  4. ^ Hiaasen, p. 4
  5. ^ Hiaasen, p. 253
  6. ^ Hiaasen, Carl. "Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Study Guide:HOOT by Carl Hiaasen". TheBestNotes.com. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Hoot (2006) – Movie Details – Yahoo! Movies". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Hiaasen, Carl. "Frequently Asked Questions: Movies". Retrieved 30 October 2010. 

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