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Random House, Inc.
This Newbery Honor-winning, hilarious Floridian adventure involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more. A New York Times bestseller!

Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter?

“A wonderful tour de-force.” —The Boston Globe
“A rollicking, righteous story.” —The Miami Herald
“Yes, it is a hoot.”—The Washington Post

From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002
ISBN: 9780440419396
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION HIAAS...C
Characteristics: 292 pages : ǂb illustrations ; 22 cm


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DBRL_KrisA Oct 08, 2017

An okay read. I do like the fact that it exposes kids to environmental issues. Our library shelves this in the Young Adult section, and in some ways it fits there - the environmental slant of the story, especially the concept of the Environmental Impact Statement. But overall, I felt like this was geared more toward younger kids, with the bully and the classmate who does fake fart sounds, etc.

Aug 14, 2017

Very interesting

LPL_NathanB Jan 07, 2017

I read this book in advance of it being assigned to my 6th grade students. Going into it knowing nothing about the story, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was propelled through the pages. Among the features of this book that I liked the most were: the discussion of morality (doing the right thing) v. legality (only worrying about what is legal), and the way a teasing nickname can turn into an endearing one.

Mar 27, 2016

Very interesting story about these tiny owls that live in holes in the ground in Florida, and how fragile their habitat is.

Nov 25, 2015

this is ther sworsrt book i'veever re ad in m y entires liyfee

Jul 30, 2015

Love the book and the movie thats why I gave it 5 stars

Jul 30, 2014

What a great book! But a bad movie

Violet_Jellyfish_30 Jun 15, 2014

i really loved this book it was action packed, and full of adventure!

mauve_dolphin_54 Aug 06, 2013

Its a good book......... I choose this book for my summer reading project.. Saw the movie too.

TDSRC2014_GA Jul 22, 2013

I liked this book because it's funny and there is a lot of problem solving.

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Feb 17, 2018

Hiny thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 11

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green_frog_1926 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 90 and 1

May 21, 2015

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green_tiger_1721 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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Violet_Jellyfish_30 Jun 15, 2014

Violet_Jellyfish_30 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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blue_turtle_77 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 13

Jun 02, 2013

violet_monkey_760 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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navy_butterfly_66 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 11

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mintydance123 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Jul 01, 2015

One day when Roy was riding a school bus and when he looked out through the window, he saw a boy running without shoes. He was trying to find out who the boy was. With the help of Beatrice ( she going to the same school as Roy...) Roy found out who was the running boy was and saved some cute, little animals.

Jun 28, 2015

“Roy remembered the time he and his father had a talk about fighting. 'It's important to stand up for what's right,' Mr. Eberhardt had said, 'but sometimes there's a fine line between courage and stupidity.”
― Carl Hiaasen

mauve_dolphin_54 Aug 06, 2013

Roy Eberhardt just moved to Florida in the town Coconut Cove, and is being bullied by Dana Matherson. One day on the bus, Roy sees a boy running away from the bus barefoot. He tries to get off the bus, but his bully Dana grabs him by the throat. Roy gets free by breaking Dana's nose, but cannot catch the running boy and is hit in the head with a golf ball. Roy was sent to the vice-principal's office and the vice-principal suspends Roy from the bus for two weeks and tells him to write an apology letter to Dana. He tries to call a truce with Dana, but Dana refuses.
Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House Corporation intends to build a pancake house in Coconut Cove. The bulldozers have already been parked on the construction site,but work is delayed over and over again because of bizarre but effective acts of vandalism that occur in the night. Roy learns this is the work of the running boy he only knows as "Mullet Fingers", whom he befriends (his step-sister happens to be Beatrice Leep). His motives for the vandalism are honorable; Mullet Fingers wants to save the endangered burrowing owls that live on the site from being killed when the bulldozing begins.
The construction foreman on the site denies the existence of the owls. Roy attempts to help Mullet Fingers prove the owls are on the site, including loaning him a digital camera. In his current events presentation, Roy tells his history class about the owls and how the pancake company will bury them, and encourages them to join him in protesting at the ground breaking the next day.
Roy and Beatrice and other students attend the ground breaking, where they expose the company's greed and dishonesty to the entire town. The young people succeed in exposing the illegal acts of those in power, including illegally removing an environmental impact statement from the official file. They save the birds and their habitat. The president of Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House blames former employees and promises to preserve the property as an owl sanctuary.
Mullet Fingers, in an effort to escape his vile family situation, climbs out of a bathroom window and is accidentally mistaken for a burglar. When Mullet Fingers' mother spitefully tells the police that he stole a ring from her, he is sent to the same juvenile detention center as Dana. Mullet Fingers escapes the jail using Dana as a distraction. At the end, Roy discovers that Mullet Finger’s real name is Napoleon Bridger.

Feb 02, 2010

Roy moves to a small Florida community, only to find a small mystery unfold.


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Mar 31, 2012

Coarse Language: just a warrning to parents of younger children not for below the age of 9

Feb 02, 2010

Coarse Language: Not really,but a few unappropriate words only for ages 10-14.


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Jun 28, 2015

“Roy remembered the time he and his father had a talk about fighting. 'It's important to stand up for what's right,' Mr. Eberhardt had said, 'but sometimes there's a fine line between courage and stupidity.”
― Carl Hiaasen

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