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| Ember | Trade Paperback | May 2004 | $8.99 | 978-0-375-82916-1 (0-375-82916-4)
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This Newbery Honor-winning, hilarious Floridian adventure involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more. A New York Times bestseller!

Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter?

“A wonderful tour de-force.” —The Boston Globe
“A rollicking, righteous story.” —The Miami Herald
“Yes, it is a hoot.”—The Washington Post

From the Hardcover edition.


“It seems unlikely that the master of noir-tinged, surrealistic black humor would write a novel for young readers. And yet, there has always been something delightfully juvenile about Hiaasen’s imagination; beneath the bent cynicism lurks a distinctly 12-year-old cackle. In this thoroughly engaging tale of how middle schooler Roy Eberhardt, new kid in Coconut Cove, learns to love South Florida, Hiaasen lets his inner kid run rampant, both the subversive side that loves to see grown-ups make fools of themselves and the righteously indignant side, appalled at the mess being made of our planet. The story is full of offbeat humor, buffoonish yet charming supporting characters, and genuinely touching scenes of children enjoying the wildness of nature. He deserves a warm welcome into children’s publishing.”—Booklist

“A wonderful tour-de-force.”—The Boston Globe

“A rollicking, righteous story.”—The Miami Herald

“You don’t have to be a young adult to enjoy it.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Yes, it is a hoot.”—The Washington Post Book World


CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida. He writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels including Bad Monkey, Star Island, and Nautre Girl.

His books for younger readers include the Newbery Honor winner Hoot, as well as Flush, Scat, and Chomp. Skink—No Surrender was Hiaasen's first book for teens and features one of his most iconic characters, the reclusive ex-governor of Florida now known as Skink.

You can read more about Hiaasen's work at

From the Hardcover edition.


WINNER 2003 - ALA Notable Children's Book
WINNER 2003 - ALA Notable Children's Book
WINNER 2003 - Texas Lone Star Reading List
WINNER 2003 - Newbery Honor Book
WINNER 2003 - Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award
NOMINEE 2005 - Arizona Young Readers Award
NOMINEE 2005 - Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award
WINNER 2005 - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
WINNER 2005 - Iowa Teen Book Award
WINNER 2004 - Kentucky Bluegrass Master List
WINNER 2003 - Maine Student Book Master List
WINNER 2005 - Minnesota Maud Heart Lovelace Award
FINALIST 2004 - Massachusetts Children's Book Award