by Carl Hiaasen

Roy is new to his Florida town, and has just made friends with 'the running boy'--a runaway who has been sabotaging the construction site of a new pancake restaurant because it will endanger a group of miniature owls that burrows on the land. Roy joins the effort, and together the boys do what they can to prevent the construction from moving forward.

This book "is a hoot" (WP Book World) and it's also a great book for spurring discussions on conservation.

Awards Won by this book

  - Newbery Honor 2003
  - American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults 2003
  - American Library Association Notable Children’s Book 2003

Reading Levels for this book

Interest Level:  Gr. 5-8            DRA Level:  60                 Lexile Measure:  760L
Grade Equivalent: 5.8            Guided Reading: W

Book Covers Available

There are three different book covers available for this book (although the most common one is the blue one).

This book was an honoree for the prestigious Newbery Award for best children's literature. Click to see the full list of Newbery Award Winners.

Or check out other books by Carl Hiaasen. He's a pretty prolific writer!  Just know that some of his book are written for kids but many are written for adults.

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