HOOT by Carl Hiaasen
Roy Eberhardt, the new kid at Trace Middle School in Coconut Cove, is having a hard time adjusting to life in Florida. The school bully is picking on him and he hasn't made any friends. If it were up to him, he would rather be back in Montana! But then he gets involved with Mullet Fingers and his sister Beatrice and their quest to save some miniature burrowing owls. The owls' nests are on a lot where a new pancake house is about to be built.
Alligators in the porta-potties, poisonous snakes, crazed guard dogs, and giant rat-traps all figure prominently in the plot.
Will the middle school students save the owls or will the mean old corporation build its newest pancake house on top of the cute little birds' burrows?
What do you think??
The end is a little predictable, but getting there is a fast and funny story that isn't spoiled at all by the serious enviromental message that goes with it.