Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Scat by Carl Hiaasen

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scat coverScat is an environmentally aware mystery set in south Florida and aimed at kids ages 10-14. If you’re looking for a book that tries to instill good morals on your kids while keeping them glued to the pages, this could be the story you’re looking for. Bits of harrowing action and mild suspense are interspersed with comedic scenes of varying sophistication for just about every sense of humor.

Nobody worries much when the most feared teacher in school, Mrs. Starch, goes missing during a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp. Most of her students figure she just got lost; only Nick Waters senses foul play. He’s especially suspicious of the class delinquent, Smoke, who suddenly begins acting like a model student. Together with his friend Marta, Nick begins to stumble his way through a mystery so bizarre and “wild” that it could only happen deep in the Florida swamp.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Scat.

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