It is a story about a kid who moves to Florida and has some trouble with some bullies. In the process of dealing with this he ends up in a mystery that involves a new pancake house being built, alligators, poisonous snakes, and some burrowing owls.
We are thoroughly enjoying this novel and find ourselves laughing at the antics. We are also learning a lot about the nature in Florida including burrowing owls and how to deal with a bully. This novel does have some "language" in it and I find myself changing some of the cuss words to more appropriate words. My kids are teenagers so they have heard these words before but still try to replace these words as best we can when we can.
Hoot lends itself to a science research project. So far we have researched the Burrowing Owls and the laws that protect these creatures.
My older two began to work on lapbooks about the owls. They are not completely finished but so far this is what they look like.
This novel was also made into a movie and we were excited to watch it. However, when we did we all felt that we enjoyed the book so so so much better.
Here is a You Tube video of burrowing owls. There is no commentary, just the owls.
This video has commentary and while pretty "dry" gives lots of information about the owls.
This website is all about the Burrowing Owl and has lots of great information and videos about them.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has good information about the Burrowing Owl and other wildlife in Florida.
We love incorporating learning through our reading. It feels more natural that way. It feels more purposeful as well.
Carle Hiaasen has also written other novels as well. We will most likely be reading more of his novels.