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Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
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Immaculate Deception by Courtney J. Webb
Is There a Monster Over There? by Sally O Lee
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Letters to Rosy by C. Ellene Bartlett
The Man Who Lost His Head by Claire Huchet Bishop
Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House #3) by Mary Pope Osborne
My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath
Out of Time by John Marsden
Promotion Denied by Joseph W. Hoffler
Scary Party by Sue Hendra
Scat by Carl Hiaasen
The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis
Shadows on the Walls of the Cave by Kate Wilhelm
Shriek: An Afterword by Jeff VanderMeer
Swim to Me by Betsy Carter
Tigers at Twilight (Magic Tree House #19) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Travesties by Giselle Renarde
War, Women and the News by Catherine Gourley
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Comments for Scat

Scat: 04/30/10

Scat cover art (Link goes to Powells)Carl Hiaasan writes adult and young adult novels. I've read most of what he's written and consider him a favorite author. I prefer his young adult books so I was thrilled to see he had a new one out, Scat.

Nick and Marta dread going to Mrs. Starch's biology class. She's the toughest teacher in the school but she goes missing during a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp after taking on the class bully. Did he do it or is there something more sinister going on?

Scat like Hoot and Flush has a strong environmental message. Here the message is conservation of the Florida panther habitat. The Florida panther is a local variation on the cougar (or mountain lion as it's called in California). Like in Hoot, the main character ends up befriending an outsider (in this case, the class bully).

The novel though has an added layer of depth, though. It includes a sub plot involving Nick's father who is stationed in Iraq. He comes home injured and Nick while trying to focus on his missing teacher and his uneasy alliance with Duane has to also come to terms with how the war has changed his father.

The addition of this plot arc doesn't feel forced as it sometimes can. I can remember a time in the mid 1980s where all of a sudden nearly every male character had to have ties to Vietnam regardless of how plausible that was given the rest of his background. Hiaasen seems to have though through this piece of the story so that it works with the novel and helps Nick to grow as a character.

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Comment #1: Wednesday, May, 5, 2010 at 21:41:37

Wanda Jewell

SCAT is a SIBA Book Award Finalist. Check out the rest here.



Comment #2: Friday, May 7, 2010 at 13:16:14

Pussreboots

It's well deserving of its nomination. Thanks for sharing that info.