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Bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen is back with another hysterical mystery adventure for young readers, set in the Florida Keys.

You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.

Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor–which has

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Bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen is back with another hysterical mystery adventure for young readers, set in the Florida Keys.

You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.

Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor–which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can't prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah's dad is stuck in the clink.

Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally . . . somehow. His allies may not add up to much–his sister Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter; Lice Peeking, a greedy sot with poor hygiene; Shelly, a bartender and a woman scorned; and a mysterious pirate–but Noah's got a plan to flush this crook out into the open. A plan that should sink the crooked little casino, once and for all.

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"Compulsively readable with a cleverly conceived resolution. . . . Fans of spy stories, action, environmental intrigue, and, well, Hiaasen, will cheer for this one." - The Bulletin
On Father's Day, Noah visits his dad at the local jail. Dad is a feisty environmentalist with a short fuse. Convinced that the Coral Queen was dumping raw sewage into the harbor, he decided to take matters in his own hands. He sank the floating casino (at least temporarily), but ended up in the hoosegow. Noah knows that his dad was right about the sewage, even if his corrective method was a little over the top. To clean the slate and the harbor, he drafts a motley crew of friends to get the goods on the illegal dumpers.
Publishers Weekly
How does Hiaasen follow up his page-turning novel about saving owls in Florida (Hoot)? With a second fast-paced story featuring an environmental theme-this time about ocean pollutants harming turtles' habitats (and the surroundings in general) in the Florida Keys. Welch (TV's Joan of Arcadia) has a compelling, snappy delivery suited to 11-year-old Noah's personality; he's a clever kid who wants to set things right, even when it pits him against shady characters and the local bully. Noah is exasperated over his father's arrest for sinking a casino boat that the man believes is flushing sewage into the ocean. The boy also knows that proving his dad's suspicions could go a long way toward healing his strained family and saving the ocean. Welch handily captures Noah's moods, though not even he can make eccentrics such as Lice Peeking and his burly bartending girlfriend Shelly likable at the outset (they grow on listeners, however). Those who couldn't get enough of Hiaasen's last outing will find plenty to hoot about in this solid recording. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
On Father's Day, Noah Underwood visits his father in prison. Angry that the Coral Queen, a floating casino, has been dumping its bilge into the water of the Florida Keys, Mr. Underwood sought a vigilante's justice: he sank the boat. The situation is a tough one. Authorities have found no evidence of the dumping. Noah knows that, somehow, he must find that evidence if he is to secure his father's release and save his parents' marriage. Dogged by schoolmate Jasper Jr., son of the casino owner, Noah and his younger sister Abbey begin to investigate. They hatch a plan. It's crazy, to be sure, but it is also wonderfully beautiful in its simplicity. And it just might be crazy enough--and simple enough--to work. Carl Hiassen's latest environmental mystery is a fabulous, amusing tale full of off-beat characters which may be even better than his thrilling Newbery Honor Book, Hoot. Noah is a gem of a character: earnest, truth-seeking, amusing, and very real. 2005, Borzoi/Alfred A. Knopf, Ages 12 up.
—Heidi Hauser Green

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The Coral Queen had gone down stern first in twelve feet of water. Her hull had settled on the marly bottom at a slight angle with the bow aiming upward.

She was a big one, too. Even at high tide, the top two decks were above the water line. It was like a big ugly apartment building had fallen out of the sky and landed in the basin.

Abbey hopped off my handlebars and walked to the water’s edge. She planted her hands on her hips and stared at the crime scene.

“Whoa,” she said. “He really did it this time.”

“It’s bad,” I agreed.

The Coral Queen was one of those gambling boats where passengers line up to play blackjack and electronic poker, and to stuff their faces at the all-you-can-eat buffet. It didn’t sound like a ton of fun to me, but the Coral Queen was packed to the rafters every night.

There was one major difference between Dusty Muleman’s operation and the gambling cruises up in Miami: The Coral Queen didn’t actually go anywhere. That’s one reason it was so popular

By Florida law, gambling boats are supposed to travel at least three miles offshore–beyond the state boundaries–before anyone is allowed to start betting. Rough weather is real bad for business, because lots of customers get seasick. As soon as they start throwing up, they quit spending money.

According to my father, Dusty Muleman’s dream was to open a gambling boat that never left the calm and safety of its harbor. That way, the passengers would never get too queasy to party.

Only Indian tribes are allowed to run casino operations in Florida, so Dusty somehow persuaded a couple of rich Miccosukees from Miami to buy the marina and make it part of their reservation. Dad said the government raised a stink but later backed off, because the Indians had better lawyers.

Anyway, Dusty got his gambling boat–and he got rich.

My dad had waited until three in the morning, when the last of the crew was gone, to sneak aboard. He’d untied the ropes and started one of the engines and idled out to the mouth of the basin, where he’d opened the seacocks and cut the hoses and disconnected the bilge pumps and then dived overboard.

The Coral Queen had gone down crosswise in the channel, which meant that no other vessels could get in or out of the basin. In other words, Dusty Muleman wasn’t the only captain in town who wanted to strangle my dad on Father’s Day.

I locked my bike to a buttonwood tree and walked down to the charter docks, Abbey trailing behind. Two small skiffs and a Coast Guard inflatable were nosing around the Coral Queen. We could hear the men in the skiffs talking about what had to be done to float the boat. It was a major project.

“He’s lost his marbles,” Abbey muttered.

“Who–Dad? No way,” I said.

“Then why did he do it?”

“Because Dusty Muleman has been dumping his holding tank into the water,” I said.

Abbey grimaced. “Yuck. From the toilets?”

“Yep. In the middle of the night, when there’s nobody around.”

“That is so gross.”

“And totally illegal,” I said. “He only does it to save money.”

According to my father, Dusty Muleman was such a pathetic cheapskate that he wouldn’t pay to have the Coral Queen’s sewage hauled away. Instead his crew had standing orders to flush the waste into the basin, which was already murky. The tide later carried most of the filth out to open water.

“But why didn’t Dad just call the Coast Guard?” my sister asked. “Wouldn’t that have been the grown-up thing to do?”

“He told me he tried. He said he called everybody he could think of, but they could never catch Dusty in the act,” I said. “Dad thinks somebody’s tipping him off.”

“Oh, please,” Abbey groaned.

Now she was starting to annoy me.

“When wind and the current are right, the poop from the gambling boat floats out of the basin and down the shoreline,” I said, “straight to Thunder Beach.”

Abbey made a pukey face. “Ugh. So that’s why they close the park sometimes.”

“You know how many kids go swimming there? What Dusty’s doing can make you real sick at both ends. Hospital-sick, Dad says. So it’s not only disgusting, it’s dangerous.”

“Yeah, but–”

“I didn’t say it was right, Abbey, what Dad did. I’m only telling you why.”

My father hadn’t even tried to get away. After swimming back to the dock, he’d sat down in a folding chair, opened a can of root beer and watched the Coral Queen go down. He was still there at dawn, sleeping, when the police arrived.

“So, what now?” Abbey asked.

A dark bluish slick surrounded the boat, and the men in the Coast Guard inflatable were laying out yellow floating bumpers, to keep the oil and grease from spreading. By sinking the Coral Queen, my father himself had managed to make quite a mess.

I said, “Dad asked me to help him.”

Abbey made a face. “Help him what–break out of jail?”

“Get serious.”

“Then what, Noah? Tell me.”

I knew she wasn’t going to like it. “He wants me to help him nail Dusty Muleman,” I said.

A long silence followed, so I figured Abbey was thinking up something snarky to say. But it turned out that she wasn’t.

“I didn’t give Dad an answer yet,” I said.

“I already know your answer,” said my sister.

“His heart’s in the right place, Abbey. It really is.”

“It’s not his heart I’m worried about, it’s his brain,” she said. “You’d better be careful, Noah.”

“Are you going to tell Mom?”

“I haven’t decided.” She gave me a sideways look that told me she probably wouldn’t.

Like I said, my sister’s all right.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you ever sneaked out of your house and spied on a Casino Boat that throws away poop in the ocean? Well Noah and his little sister Abbey sure has. The book Flush by Carl Hiassen is a book of adventure that includes a lot of action. Flush, is a vey good book that people of all ages would enjoy. Flush takes place in Florida, Keys in Thunder Beach. In Thunder Beach, there is this one Casino boat that that throws away poop in the ocean illegally. Dusty Muleman is the casino boat owner. He earns millions of money in one night, yet he stills try so save a little bit of money by throwing away human waste into the beach. Noah's dad is a man of nature. One day, he saw that Dusty Muleman trashing human waste in the ocean so he sunk the boat one day. Once Noah and his little sister figured out, they went on a adventure to proof that their dad is right. They start sneaking out of their house and make friends with strangers that used to work on the boat. They create a plan to destroy Dusty Muleman for sure. The book Flush is a excellent book to read with your family since this book is about a family solving a crisis. I also would recommend this book for people who likes mystery or adventure but I think that anyone would enjoy this book. If you start reading the book Flush you would keep wanting to read the book until the last page. Flush is an excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flush is a really good book. I am 11 and I loved it!
Brett____562 More than 1 year ago
The book starts in Florida with a character named Noah going to see his dad in jail on father’s day. Noah’s dad is in jail for sinking a gambling boat named the Coral Queen that he suspected the owner Dusty Muleman was dumping raw sewage into the harbor in fear of it washing up on a popular beach in Florida and the animals will die and the swimmers will get sick. Noah’s dad tried to tell the coast guard and law enforcement what was happening but he couldn’t prove it .Noah’s dad decides to take the problem in his own hands and sinks the Coral Queen. Then Noah sees that the Coral Queen is back up and in business in a couple of days while Noah’s dad is stuck in jail. Now Noah is determined to prove that Dusty Muleman is dumping sewage illegally in the harbor for his dad to get out of jail. Noah will get help from his sister Abbey, Lice Peeking a man with terrible hygiene, Shelly a bartender, and a pirate. Their trying to defeat Dusty Muleman clue by clue, Meanwhile Noah’s mother is really upset at his dad, but Noah is trying to tell her that it’s not his fault and thru the book he is also trying to prove it to his mom. I really liked the book a lot even though sometimes it lost my interest at times. The cover of the book really looked interesting it made me want to see what this book was about. The protagonist of the story worked really hard in the story to help his father. The book reminded me of a detective movie when their trying to get clues to prove the person is guilty. The exposition of the story was kind of boring and a lot of information to take in.The type of conflict in flush was man vs. man. The climax was really amusing to me, it was nothing like I suspected. The falling action was shocking I didn’t think that would happen and it surprised me. My favorite part in the book was the arguments between Shelly and Lice Peeking. I would recommend this book to people who like suspension in a story. If I were in this situation I don’t think I’ll be able to do it because it seems really difficult to try to prove someone really close to you innocent and you don’t want to fail them. Overall I give this book a 10 out of 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flush is a really good book for ages 10 and up it is a challenge but a good book it is about a boy named Noah. Noah's dad has a little problem with anger control. He tried to stop the Coral Queen casino boat's illegal dumping by sinking the boat witch got his dad in trouble and the boat was up and running in 3 days it is a good book read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful and awesome book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great kids book! My daughter is in love with it. Five stars
AncientGreekGeek More than 1 year ago
I loved the book and anyone who says different I laugh at. I admit, the beginning was not all that great, but I really liked the ending. I think HOOT was better. SCAT and FLUSH are of similar quality
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It took me a week to finish!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much! I think it is awesome . I recommend it to any one who likes to read 11 birthdays, finally, and 13 gifts. The way the author desribes the charictars emmotions and feeling are imazing! I recommend it to all ages. There is also scat, hoot and his newest book chomp are also very good. GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story, I always enjoy Hiaasen. Poor editing though, made it difficult to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you like action, suspense, humor, and the enviorment? If so, read Flush! It is a beautifully written book that grabs your attention. It's NOT one of those books where your mind wanders and you start thinking of other stuff. You always want to know what happens next. You feel bad for the environment when you learn what people do to it because of the description in this uses. It wouldn't be good for a teaccher to read to his/her class because it includes bad words and there's a marriage on the rocks. (May divorce). All the same, it's a facinating book. I'm ten years old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parents should be aware that this book has characters involved in domestic violence, alcoholism, and drunk driving and could give the impression that this lifestyle is acceptable. You may want to read the book yourself before giving to grade school readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have also read this story is simply divine but not to thrilling when i read it it has to be more exciting ive read books tragic tigers sharks heart attacks and kid books all sorts of kinds books just call it.While i was reading this book i got bored and im only 11
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book of his! This book is well written. Iit is abouta boy who wants to sneek out a boat that is polluting the ocean ... or is it? There are many twists and turns! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! I couldn't put it down. I would recomend it for anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from the library on my nook and was impressed right away. First of all, it is a read that hooks me and maybe you to right into the story. Second of all,it is very understandable and is awesome. Carl Hiassen has really outdone himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best book i have ever read. it is very cool. if you like fuuny but at the same time mysterious, you will definitely love this book. i read it in three days. awsome book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was so good
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Veary awsome book!#:) ;-)
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I'm in love with this remarkable novel! It's humorous, yet suspenseful and edgy. It was an easy, but highly enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just read the sample of this book,and it sounds like it is going to be great. I' definetly going to buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carl Hiaasen has written an exhilarating award winner. Flush, Hiaasen’s engaging second novel for young readers, lures you in for an adventure through a 16 year old boy’s perspective. His Dad is in jail. Again. Apparently Noah’s dad thought sinking Dusty Muleman’s boat was the way to get him to stop dumping raw sewage. In this realistic fictional story, Hiaasen demonstrates strength and perseverance through Noah and Abbey Underwood. Hiaasen grew up in Florida and uses his life experience to build the setting of this novel. He has written four cliff hanging books for young readers. They include Hoot (a Newberry Medal winner), Flush, owner of 14 awards, Scat and his newest book Chomp. “I wait for the headlines to inspire me,” states Carl Hiaasen. “A royal flush!” – Chicago Sun Times. Are they right? Let’s take a jaw dropping trip into the modern Florida Keys. With dad in jail and mom out of her mind, Noah and Abbey take matters into their own hands. Could Abbey, a childhood biter, Noah, a passionate guy, and Shelly (the bartender on Dusty’s boat) come up with a creative plan to prove their father’s theory correct? Is it worth it? It’s going to take a wild imagination to find a plan so fitting and perfect to nail Dusty Muleman. Buckle up, because we’re going on a nail biting trip down south to the Florida Keys. “The writing is Pitch Perfect!” – New York Times. Carl Hiaasen uses wonderful language to describe the setting of the Florida Keys. For example, “In the distance, somewhere beyond the Gulf of Mexico, the sun was dropping through a coppery and cloudless heaven.” Another example describes Lice Peeking: “He was lounging on the front stoop, sucking on a cigarette.” When the Green Flash ignites, we dive into Noah’s mind for some vivid details. “When the flash of green came, it lasted for a magical flick of time- so brief and brilliant and beautiful, I was afraid I’d imagined it.” “Enough twists and turns to satisfy even the most serious adventure junkies.”- The Horn Book. Carl Hiaasen was very successful on his second novel for young readers, Flush. Hiaasen pulls you into the beauty of the Florida Keys with detailed imagery. If you like Flush’s action, you’d also like Chomp, Hoot and Scat. Chomp is packed with action in the lush Florida forest. Wahoo and his dad are off to the Everglades, helping Derek Badger on his next episode of Expedition Survival, until something unexpected happens. If you like to protest for what you believe in, then Hoot is the right book for you. Roy knows about the owl crime. The mystical Running Boy knows about this injustice, too. Can they save the owls from celebrities? If you want a page turning thriller, Scat would be a great choice. Does the class bully have something to do with Mrs. Startch’s disappearance after the arson at Black Vine Swamp? Are you up for a mystery? Are you looking for a reading hook? Ask Carl Hiaasen, maybe he’ll lend you one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is stupid, i accidentally lent thos book to my friend and i cant even read this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The talking of enviorment issues makes you want to get up and clean up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!