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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."
"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?"
"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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Posted March 26, 2009
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.
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Posted January 30, 2012
Posted January 19, 2012
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
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Posted December 4, 2011
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
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Posted September 1, 2010
As a HUGE fan of Carl Hiaasen, I was sorely dissapointed by his latest book. This book was written from the point of view of a teenage boy and lacked the adult excitement that I am used to. I also thought the plot was a little simple and didn't hold my attention like he usually does. I was hoping for a fun end of summer read but just got a boring, immature mediocure story.
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Posted May 3, 2012
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted February 22, 2012
OMG!!!!!!! I ONLY GOT THE SAMPLE AND ITS GREAT!!!! NOW CAN SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO TURN OFF CAPS LOCK?? I JUST GOT THIS THING!
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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Posted December 18, 2012
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.
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