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| Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | January 2009 | $16.99 | 978-0-375-83486-8 (0-375-83486-9)
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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Bestselling author and columnist Carl Hiaasen returns with another hysterical mystery for kids set in Florida's Everglades.
 
Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, is missing. She disappeared after a school field trip to Black Vine Swamp. And, to be honest, the kids in her class are relieved.
 
But when the principal tries to tell the students that Mrs. Starch has been called away on a "family emergency," Nick and Marta just don't buy it. No, they figure the class delinquent, Smoke, has something to do with her disappearance.
 
And he does! But not in the way they think. There's a lot more going on in Black Vine Swamp than any one player in this twisted tale can see. And Nick and Marta will have to reckon with an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat named Chelsea, a wannabe Texas oilman, a singing substitute teacher, and a ticked-off Florida panther before they really begin to see the big picture.
 
That's life in the swamp, kids.


REVIEWS

Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 2009:
“This well-written and smoothly plotted story, with fully realized characters, will certainly appeal to mystery lovers.”

Review, The New York Times Book Review, February 15, 2009:
"Not many authors are equally successful at writing books for adults and children, but Carl Hiaasen seems to have made an effortless transition ... The ingenious plotting makes SCAT more engrossing than either of its predecessors."


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 Sick Puppy and Nature Girl.


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.
 
You can read more about Hiaasen's work at www.carlhiaasen.com.
 


AWARDS

WINNER 2009 - Kid's Indie Next List "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"
WINNER 2009 - Skipping Stone Honor Award
NOMINEE 2011 - Indiana Young Hoosier Master List
NOMINEE - Connecticut Nutmeg Children's Book Master List
NOMINEE - Florida Sunshine State Book Award
NOMINEE - Nebraska Golden Sower Award
NOMINEE - Florida Sunshine State Book Award
FINALIST - IRA--CBC Children's Choice
WINNER - Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best books
WINNER - IRA Children's Choices
NOMINEE - Kentucky Bluegrass Award
NOMINEE - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
NOMINEE - Rhode Island Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - New Hampshire Great Stone Face Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - Iowa High School Book Award
NOMINEE - South Carolina Junior Book Award
NOMINEE - Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Award
NOMINEE - Indiana Young Hoosier Award
NOMINEE - Kansas William White Award