Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.
When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called "Expedition Survival!", Wahoo figures he'll have to do a bit of wrangling himself—to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show's boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger seems to actually believe his PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tuna—a girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man and needs a place to hide out.
They've only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna's dad shows up with a gun . . .
It's anyone's guess who will actually survive "Expedition Survival". . . .
Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 1, 2012:
“Mystery, action, humor, and exotic animals and settings, all tied together by a writer with an exceptional grasp of language, makes this a sure hit with any mystery-loving readers.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2011:
“Hiaasen’s best for a young audience since Newbery Honor Hoot (2002) features a shy, deep-feeling protagonist who’s also a pragmatist and plenty of nature info and age-appropriate cultural commentary…. Humorous adventure tales just don’t get any more wacked…or fun to read than this.”
NOMINEE 2014 - Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award
WINNER 2013 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
NOMINEE 2015 - Missouri Mark Twain Award
WINNER 2012 - Kid's Indie Next List "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"
NOMINEE - Young Adult Services Division, School Library Journal Author Award
WINNER 2012 - Amazon Best of the Year
FINALIST - GoodReads Choice Award
WINNER 2012 - Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year
WINNER 2012 - Florida State Book AwardSilver Medal Winner in YA Literature Category
NOMINEE 2013 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
NOMINEE 2014 - Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award
NOMINEE 2014 - Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Award
NOMINEE 2013 - Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
NOMINEE 2013 - Kentucky Bluegrass Award
NOMINEE 2014 - Kentucky Bluegrass Award
NOMINEE 2014 - Florida Sunshine State Book Award
WINNER 2014 - Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award
NOMINEE 2015 - Minnesota Maud Heart Lovelace Award
CARL HIAASEN has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Then it was hunt-and-peck stories about neighborhood kickball and softball games. Now Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Nature Girl and Star Island.
Hoot, Hiaasen's first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. And Flush, his second book for kids, spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list.
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