A Library of the School of EducationDPIUW-Madison School Of EducationUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonUW-Madison LibraryUW-Madison Catalog
About the CCBC
Authors and Illustrators
Recommended Books for Children and Young Adults
CCBC Calendar and Events
CCBC Podcasts
CCBC Publications
Intellectual Freedom

Support the CCBC
Support the CCBC
Are you a...K-12 TeacherLibrarianEarly Childhood Care ProviderUW Student / Faculty


by Carl Hiaasen

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2005
263 pages
ISBN: 0375821821

Ages 11-14

Under orders from Dusty Muleman, slimeball owner of a Florida gambling boat, the Coral Queen crew furtively flushes the waste of the boat into a coastal tidal basin each night. Dumping waste into open water rather than having it hauled away is illegal, but cheap. Noah’s dad has tried to get Dusty caught in the act but failed—clearly, a local official is tipping Dusty off. After his father takes things into his own hands and ends up in jail, Noah and his younger sister, Abbey, carry on the crusade, running increasingly dangerous risks as they try to bust Dusty and vindicate their father. As in Hoot (Knopf, 2002), Hiassen’s first novel for children, the adults in this story tend to be seedy, bumbling, or evil, while the clear-thinking kids save the day. A best-selling author for adults, Hiassen again demonstrates his adaptability at writing for a younger audience, while maintaining the over-the-top plot and south Florida setting that have made his books wildly popular with mature readers. Engaging humor, a persuasive environmental theme, and the human waste gross factor combine to make this a highly appealing page-turner. CCBC Category: Fiction for Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

book cover
Book of the Week

In accordance with the UW-Madison Accessibility Policy, this site makes every effort to comply with the World Wide Web standards defined in the Federal Rehabilitation Act Section 508, specifically subsections 1194.22 and subsection 1194.31. If you need additional resources or have any questions or concerns about this site, please contact the site administrator for more information.
UW crest