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Flush

By Carl Hiaasen

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2005
Pages : 272
Suggested Ages: 10 and Up
ISBN: 9780375821820

Noah's idealistic dad is spending Father's Day in a holding cell in their little Florida Keys town and he doesn't want to get bailed out just yet. Dad admits he went a little overboard this time, though he's not at all sorry he sank Dusty Muleman's 73-foot gambling boat, the Coral Queen. He knows Dusty has been dumping his boat's holding tank in the middle of the night, which is totally illegal, but so far, no one else has caught him in the act. The raw sewage has been washing up on Thunder Beach where kids swim and sea turtles lay their eggs. Noah and his feisty little sister Abbey set out to help their dad nail Dusty Muleman. As in his adult environmental mysteries, Hiaasen blends suspense, laughs, and a cast of shady and comical characters, including Lice Peeking, fired from the casino boat for stealing away Dusty's tough-as-nails tattooed but goodhearted blonde girlfriend, Shelley, and Dusty's bullying son, Jasper Jr., who gives Noah a black eye and a whole lot of grief.

You can see the screenplay in your head as you devour Hiaasen's lively environmental action mystery, just like his Newbery Honor-winning Hoot, which was made into a movie a couple of years back. All you need to do is read aloud the first chapter, and you'll have your kids hooked, line and sinker.

Reviewed by : JF.

Themes : FATHERS. HUMOR. MYSTERY & DETECTIVE STORIES.

If you love this book, then try:

Allison, Jennifer. Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator. Dutton, 2005. ISBN-13: 9780142406984



Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts. Putnam, 2004. ISBN-13: 9780142403709



Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot. Knopf, 2002. ISBN-13: 9780440419396



Lisle, Janet Taylor. How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive. Philomel, 2002. ISBN-13: 9780142501672



Patterson, James. The Final Warning. Little, Brown, 2005. (And others in the Maximum Ride series.) ISBN-13: 9780316002868

Critics have said

"Hiaasen's award-winning first foray into young adult novels, Flush deals with serious ecological and personal issues."
Barbara Wysocki, School Library Journal


"Noah is a gem of a character: earnest, truth-seeking, amusing, and very real."
Heidi Hauser Green, Children


"Noah's development into a self-confident boy runs parallel to the challenges he encounters throughout the novel allowing the reader to experience Noah's character development."
Patti Rich, Alan Review