Roy Eberhardt is recently, and unhappily, arrived in Florida. 'Disney World is an armpit compared to Montana,' he announces. Roy's family moves a lot so he's used to the new-kid drill - and to bullies like Dana Matherson. And anyway, it's because of Dana that Roy gets to see the mysterious running boy - who runs away from the school bus and who ...
Roy Eberhardt is recently, and unhappily, arrived in Florida. 'Disney World is an armpit compared to Montana,' he announces. Roy's family moves a lot so he's used to the new-kid drill - and to bullies like Dana Matherson. And anyway, it's because of Dana that Roy gets to see the mysterious running boy - who runs away from the school bus and who has no books, no backpack and, most oddly, no shoes. Sensing a mystery Roy starts to trail the runner - a chase that will introduce him to many weird Floridian creatures: potty-trained alligators, some cute burrowing owls, a fake-fart champion, a sinister pancake PR man and some snakes with mysteriously sparkly tails. Suddenly life in Florida is looking up!
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New. No dust jacket as issued. Tight bninding with clean text. First Knopf trade paper edition. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 292 p. Audience: Children/juvenile. Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site in this Newbery Honor book and the first children's book by "New York Times" bestselling author Hiaasen.
A wimpy kid who takes the bull by the horns, unlikely friendships, the forever present school bully, and doing the necessary to achieve the right result. And all between two paper covers. Fun, exciting and satisfying.
May 27, 2007
This is a wonderful mystery/action book, populated with the author's usual array of quirky characters. It has lots of action, empathetic characters, and a timely story line dealing with corporate ne'er do wells getting their comeuppance. The lean writing provides sufficient detail without bogging the action down. And it's funny!
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