Everyone is capable of making a difference in the world. You don’t even have to be an adult. In Hoot, Carl Hiaasen demonstrates that even children have the ability to make a difference.

Hoot is the story of a 12-year old boy named Roy who moves to Florida. Roy, a mysterious boy known as Mullet Fingers, and a tough girl named Beatrice quickly become involved in trying to save the burrow owl’s home from being destroyed by a corrupt company. The company wants to build a pancake restaurant on the grounds where the owls, who are an endangered species, live. It is up to the three friends to save these small, defenseless owls, and they are up to the challenge.

Hoot is a great book. In 2003, it won a Newberry Honor Award. It is a wonderful tale of friendship, sacrifice and standing up for what you believe in. Even though it is meant for middle school readers, I would recommend this book to everyone.


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