Scat

Scat

by Carl Hiaasen
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Scat by Carl Hiaasen

From Newbery Honoree Carl Hiaasen comes this New York Times bestseller set in Florida's Everglades in which an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat named Chelsea, a wannabe Texas oilman, a singing substitute teacher, and a ticked-off panther can’t stop two kids on a mission to find their missing teacher!
 
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. It’s all about to hit the fan, and when it does, the bad guys better scat. 
 
“Ingenious . . . Scat won’t disappoint Hiaasenphiles of any age.” —The New York Times
 
“Woohoo! It’s time for another trip to Florida—screwy, gorgeous Florida, with its swamps and scammers and strange creatures (two- and four-legged). Our guide, of course, is Carl Hiaasen.” —DenverPost.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375834875
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 63,026
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

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 carlhiaasen.com.

Hometown:

Tavernier, Florida

Place of Birth:

South Florida

Education:

Emory University; B.A., University of Florida, 1974

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Scat 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 510 reviews.
kaitlyn97 More than 1 year ago
Nick Waters and his friend, Marta, go to the private Truman School in Florida.Everything is pretty normal there; average students, a few nasty teachers (like the biology teacher, Mrs.Starch.) and the known school bully-trouble maker, Duane Scrod Jr. But a few days before Nick's Biology class goes on a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp, an incident occurs. Duane becomes very mad at Mrs.Starch for humiliating him in front of the class and eats her pencil right out of her hand! Tehn he storms out of the class room and doesn't come back to school for awhile. When Nick and Marta's class goes to the Black Vine Swamp, a small wildfire breaks out. Everyone is ordered to leave. But, Mrs. Starch stays behind to retrieve a student's inhaler. She goes missing. later, it is found out that the fire was arson and not an accidnet. What is going on? Where did Mrs.Starhc go, and does it involve Duane? Read to find out!! It starts out slow, but gets better. I like the theme and where it takes place. A very good book; great for kids and pre-teens to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book with amazing plots and characters i highly recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is the best book ever along wilth all the other books written by this author
Mystery15 More than 1 year ago
Scat, by Carl Hiassen, is another young adult book that entertains. It has a combination of variety in settings and characters, and a strong plot, and is his best book yet. The book has a complex plot with many small details that slowly tie together. The main issues are to bust an illegal oil drilling operation and to return a panther cub to its mother. There are a wide variety of characters, including the noble teenage hero, a tough biology teacher, and the idiotic, short-tempered antagonist. The book has many interesting settings, such as a wet, misty swamp, a creepy house in the wilderness, and a reputable school. Paris, France, Iraq, and Texas are not visited but are significant to the story. Overall, Hiassen has written a great book that closely resembles his earlier works for children. It's good variety and plot make it a perfect addition to anyone's library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best mystery book i've ever read i luv this book sooooooo much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is about martha and nick go looking for their biology teacher in a swamp. LOVE THE ALL THE BOOKS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good i would recomend it to anybody who likes animals and a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book, but at times the plot was unrealistic. I was looking for a good realistic fiction and this book did okay. I recommend it to people who have read Hoot (by the same author) and enjoy environmental stories.
Mary Mallusp More than 1 year ago
this is an awesome book! you really need to read it.But i didn't see any part about JB.
Book_Worm_1998 More than 1 year ago
Scat was an amazing book! It starts out a little slow, but once you get into it, it is an addicting book! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!!! I recommend this book to childre 12 years or older. The main characters in this book are Nick Waters, His friend Marta, JImmy Bayliss who works at the Red Diamond Oil Company, Duane Scrod jr. a.k.a.- Smoke, Mrs. Starch the eviiiil biology teacher, and Nicks mom an dad. At the beginning when the students are a Black Vine swamp their biology teacher disappears when she goes to get a childs medicine!!! Nick and Marta, even the sheriff have a good guess at who did it! But is their guess right? You will have to read it to find out!!! Publisher: Random House Children's Books Pub. Date: 04/27/2010 ISBN-13: 9780375834875
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm 12 almost 13 girl and I read it last year but I read it again this year,it doesnt get old! How everything happens you cant get enough. And at the end I wanted it to keep going. I have also read Flush which is also by the same author and it was very good too! I haven't read Hoot yet but I'm planning on it! But right now I'm reading the second book of The Hunger Games ( I would recomend The Hunger Games too)!!! I love The Hunger Games series!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this book for battle of the books and if i wasn't, i would still read it. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is REALLY good! I noticed that Nick was sort of obsessed with panthers so I guessed that they would see one sooner or later...... read to find out more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love tis book scat means poop lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a book that cept me on the edge of my the whole time i read it i couldn't put it down. "Smoke" is the bulley or so they think. Who started the fire? Where is Mrs.Starch? You need to read the book to find out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this at the same time my friend read it, and we both LOVED it! As soon as I finished it, I read Hoot and Flush. This is a must read for everyone of all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about two kids named Nick and Marta and they have this very strict teacher named Mrs. Startch as their bio teacher. Mrs. Startch takes their students on a field trip and they must leave suddenly due to a forest fire. One of Mrs. Startch's students left something in the forest and Mrs. Startch goes back in. Suddenly, she doesn't come out of the forest during the forest fire. Everyone thinks she is dead or she is missing. While the police do an investigation on this fire and the disappearance of Mrs. Startch, Dr. Dressler the headmaster of Truman School goes to her house and finds a letter addressed to him saying that she needs to leave due to a "sudden family emergency". Dr. Dressler and the police department think that a student, Duane Scrod Jr, a student that didn't like Mrs. Startch might have something to do with her disappearance. So when they hear this about Mrs. Startch's disappearance, they go to solve the mystery. Read this book by Carl Hiaasen to find out more on what happened to Mrs. Startch! Reading this book was an awesome experience. This book had a lot of excitement and suspense. It made me want to read more books by Carl Hiaasen and many authors like him because of the suspense and excitement they put into their books and stories."'This is so freaky, Nick.' Marta puffed her cheeks to let the air hiss out. 'I mean, I can't stand the woman, but still, to think her lost in that swamp..." (Hiaasen 54). I think this point proves how suspenseful this story is because Hiaasen leaves the reader with a "cliff hanger" on how they really think about her even though she is lost in the forest. This book left a lot of "cliff hangers" which made it a very suspenseful and exciting book to read. I would recommend this book to an audience that loves to read mysterious, suspenseful books. This book would be an excellent book for people who like suspenseful, mysterious books because of all of the suspense and mystery that Carl Hiaasen puts into this book. I have also read the "Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket and I think these books are also mysterious and suspenseful. These books remind me of "SCAT" because of all of the mystery and suspense Lemony Snicket puts into all 13 of his books in this series as well. If you like reading "SCAT" you would love reading "The Series of Unfortunate Events" because they have the same suspense, mystery, and their stories are very similar. My favorite scene in "SCAT" would probably have to be the scene when Dr. Dressler goes to Mrs. Startch's house to see what is up with her disappearance. I think that this is my favorite scene of the book because it is really suspenseful and it leads to her disappearance but Dr. Dressler thinks the reason of her disappearance is false. The reason of her disappearance is "a sudden family emergency" but according to Dr. Dressler and her school file, she has no family. I think this is the best scene because it leads the police to her disappearance, it was mysterious, and it was very suspenseful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rocks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please take ny advice about this bestseller novel. If you are the type of person who likes mysteries with a twist of love, you'll absoulutly love this book. I have not met a single person who has a conplaint about it. Sincerily, Not telling you who i am but take my advice!!! PS: There aren't alot of "big words" like some of the other people posting are telling you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book for a 12-year old who is a reluctant reader. I began reading it myself and was intrigued -- partly because I am familiar with the location and partly because of the humor. Read the first chapter on line and you will be hooked! Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good, spine chilling, page turner book! When I first read this I wanted to read it again and again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book, but it didn't have a lot of suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning was a little slow but the characters were really well developed
Liddia More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't really what I expected, but it's good. It drags a little at the beginning, and takes a while to really get interesting. Though, once it gets to the good parts, its really AMAZING. Overall, its ok for reading when you're bored. But definitely not what I expected.