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Hiaasen, Carl.
New York : Knopf, 2005.
IL 5-8
ISBN 0375921826

(5 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Dad's in jail -- again.  Now don't get him wrong.  He's not a bad person.  He just acts impulsively sometimes.  He doesn't stop to think about the consequences when he sees something  wrong.  Like the time he saw the tourists beating their dogs.  But now he's really in trouble.  Now he has sunk the casino boat!  Dad is furious that the owner is emptying the bilge tanks directly into the water instead of paying to have it hauled away.  He can't prove it so he does the only thing he can think of -- swamps the boat.  So, now he's in jail and no one believes him.  Can his son find a way to prove that the beach is being polluted because of the casino boat?

Booktalk #2

Act before you think, speak without a plan – Noah’s Dad has a huge impulse control problem and his family is suffering from it. What if Dad is right about the illegal dumping in a recreational area? Who is the strange old man who keeps showing up just when things are getting dicey? There is a lot going on and you will need to join Noah and his sister, Abbey, to get to the bottom of it all.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2006-2007)

Booktalk #3

Okay, so my dad’s not the most normal dad in the world. So maybe he’s a hero of lost causes. And maybe he has a temper and doesn’t always think things through. Like the consequences and how it will affect his family, and like how evidence might be nice to have. But, he always takes responsibility for what he has done. When he sank Dusty Muleman’s casino boat because he found out that Dusty had been having the crew flush the sewage directly into the bay where we all swim to save money, dad calmly waited on shore in a deck chair for the police to arrest him. He wanted the publicity. He wanted an investigation and for Dusty to get his due. That’s when mom started using the d-word, divorce. And that’s when my sister Abbey and I decided that we’d have to do something to prove dad was right and Dusty was the scumbag he was. Operation Royal Flush. Of course we were too young to realize just how much money talks in politics and government.
(Sam Marsh, Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2009) 

Booktalk #4

Noah’s father is spending Father’s Day in jail for sinking The Coral Queen, a casino boat. When Noah visits his dad, Paine, he finds out that Paine is certain that the owner, Dusty Muleman, is dumping sewage into the water and polluting it. Noah’s mom, Donna, is furious with Paine and won’t bail him out.

Noah believes his dad and hatches a plan that will sink Muleman once and for all. He gains a some supporters along the way: Lice Peeking, a disgruntled former employee; Shelly, Lice’s girlfriend and Dusty’s ex-girl friend, and Abbey, Noah’s little sister who will bite anyone that will get in her way. Along the way, a mysterious man who looks like a pirate shows up to defend Noah and Abby from Dusty’s bully son, Jasper Jr.

Flush is a fun story about standing up for what’s right, even if that means a little bit of civil disobedience. It was written by the same author who wrote Hoot that recently won a Newbery Honor Award.  (Melissa Bowman,, Armstrong Middle School,  Lone Star Book Award nominee, 2006-2007)

Booktalk #5

Welcome to the Coral Queen, pollution central for the community in which Pain Underwood, his son Noah, his daughter Abbey and his wife live in. Pain finds himself in a bit of a jam and his stubborn nature only makes it worst. Pain ends up being lucky however because his stubborn nature has rubbed off on his kids. Sit back and enjoy as Noah and Abbey try to help their dad, their parents' relationship, and the environment. They need to sink not only the Coral Queen but Dusty Muleman its filthy owner as well.  All they need to do is Flush, it's that simple.   (Matt Dikeman,, college student)

SUBJECTS:     Environmental protection -- Fiction.
                        River boats -- Fiction.
                        Fathers -- Fiction.
                        Florida -- Fiction.


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