by Hiaasen, Carl,

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A New York Times BestsellerA Newbery Honor Award Winning AuthorBunny 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.Age Range: 10 and up | Grade Level: 5-6 | Lexile Measure: 810L
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hiaasen starts off this story a hybrid madcap swamp adventure and cast-driven environmental whodunit with the disappearance of a biology teacher after a fire breaks out during a field trip in the Everglades. The immediate suspect for the fire, at least, is a young miscreant, but friends Nick and Marta figure something else is afoot: it might have something to do with the nefarious oilmen slinking about nearby, as well as the rumor of an endangered panther and her cubs in the swamp. A generous cast of characters each imbued with a few unexpected traits flits about and provides most of the impetus to keep things rolling. Adding some emotional heft is the subplot involving Nick's father; he returns home from Iraq minus his right arm, and Nick binds his own arm so that they can learn to become lefties together. Hiaasen's gumbo tastes a lot like his previous efforts, pitting conservation against reckless greed and setting the can-do of youth among determined Floridian quirkiness. But there's a reason why a recipe tastes so good time and again.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hiaasen reprises Hoot with a panther in the owl role, an oil company as the villain and a rich renegade named Twilly Spree as the outlaw environmentalist determined to save Florida from developers. The kid hero is Nick Waters, saintly son of a minor league pitching coach who joined the National Guard to augment a meager salary, wound up in Iraq and has come back badly injured. Nick's ample worries multiply after his science teacher disappears while on a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp. When Nick goes to the aid of a classmate suspected of involvement in the teacher's disappearance, he stumbles onto dangerous facts about the swamp: an endangered Florida panther has taken up residence, and an oil company has begun an illegal drilling operation. Nick is way too good to be true-he's more the son every parent dreams of-but Hiaasen's smooth writing, whacked-out humor and highly entertaining cast of oddball characters keep the plot clipping along. The achievement is in the underlying earnestness-formulaic or not, the story will move readers, and any kid who loved Hoot will like this. Ages 10-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print striving reader collection.
Subjects Teachers -- Juvenile fiction.
Missing persons -- Juvenile fiction.
Wilderness areas -- Juvenile fiction.
Wildlife conservation -- Juvenile fiction.
Teachers -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Wilderness areas -- Fiction.
Wildlife conservation -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Florida -- Juvenile fiction.
Florida -- Fiction.
Publisher Waterville, Maine :Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,2020
Edition Large print edition.
Language English
Notes Unabridged text.
"Published in 2020 by arrangement with Random House Children's Books, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC"--Copyright page.
Description 453 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
ISBN 9781432875503
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